A pastor in Nepal has received numerous death threats after a video of him sharing his Christian testimony and his experience as a former Hindu went viral. The wide abuse against the pastor and his family is a tell-tale sign of rising religious intolerance against Christians in Nepal.
In March 2019, Pastor Sukdev Giri, of Trinity Fellowship Church in Nepal’s Chitwan District, shared about his journey of becoming a Christian at the International Christian Media Workers Summit in Kathmandu. As a part of his testimony, Pastor Giri described how the acts of Hindu gods such as Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva led him to question his Hindu faith. This questioning, and Pastor Giri’s discovery of the testimony of Jesus Christ, eventually led him to accept Christianity as his faith.
On 11 August a video of this testimony was posted on YouTube. Since then, the video has received more than 750,000 views and Pastor Giri has been accused of abusing Hinduism. This has led to death threats and Pastor Giri having to live in hiding.
“Highly abusive and derogatory words were used against me,” Pastor Giri said. “Calls also started, and I immediately discarded by old SIM card and kept the phone away for some days. I have dedicated my entire time to travel, as my family feels it is unsafe for me to stay in my hometown in Chitwan.”
The reaction to Pastor Giri’s testimony is a sign of the times in Nepal. Like India, religious intolerance in Nepal is primarily driven by the ideology of radical Hindu nationalism. In recent years, the acceptance of this ideology has led Nepal to pass laws criminalising religious conversion and public discussions about religion. Under these laws, Nepal has arrested and charged 17 Christians, including two Americans.
Sources: Morning Star News, International Christian Concern
- Ask the Lord to provide Pastor Giri and his family His leading and protection. Pray they will be granted wisdom as they consider their future life and ministry.
- Pray the Lord will use the video testimony for His glory and for the spiritual encouragement of Pastor Giri and others who have counted the cost and started to follow Christ.
- Pray for spiritual awakening in Nepal.
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