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NEPAL: Christians Continue to Face a Context of Growing Persecution

NEPAL: Christians Continue to Face a Context of Growing Persecution

Persecution in Nepal continues to be an increasing concern for the growing Christian population of the predominantly Hindu country.

Despite the 2015 constitution guaranteeing religious freedom, parliament passed a bill in 2017 criminalising conversion to Christianity. In 2018, the prime minister and other government officials publicly said anyone found changing their religion would be expelled from the country.

The Nepalese Christian community says that they are holding fast to the principle that Christ calls His followers to share their faith, but choosing to follow Him is an individual choice, not something to be forced on anyone. Nevertheless, this community is consistently accused of forcefully converting.

Pastor Hari Tamang has been falsely charged with trafficking children and attempted conversions after he had agreed to shelter children who would have otherwise been put on the street because their former shelter could not help them any longer. Years after the traffic charges were dropped, Tamang continues to fight the charges of attempted conversion of the children.

Similar cases to that of Pastor Tamang have become more common throughout Nepal as the growth of Christianity has skyrocketed. Advocacy organisations estimate that Christians now number between two and three million throughout Nepal, comprising a larger portion of the Nepalese population than ever before. Nepal’s churches number between 10,000 and 12,000 across the country.

The church also conducts a good deal of aid distribution in communities of need throughout Nepal, which raises the suspicions of local authorities and devout Hindus who see it as a ploy for conversions.

Regardless of this, the church continues their mission and remains adamant that no forced conversions are taking place, arguing that they are simply fulfilling the teachings of their faith in aiding and serving the poor. The free exercise of religion for Christians means doing exactly that.

Sources: International Christian Concern, Global Press Journal, The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Praise God for the growth of the church and their faithfulness in spreading the Gospel and bringing salvation and eternal hope to many.
  • Ask the Lord to continue using these believers to spread the Gospel, shielding their hearts against fear of opposition.
  • Ask for justice for Pastor Tamang, that the case will finally be resolved. Pray for the children in his care.

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NEPAL: Woman Stoned by Neighbour

NEPAL: Woman Stoned by Neighbour

Miriamu became a Christian in 2014, but when the distance became too great to travel to the nearest church for worship, she decided to start one in her home. Her neighbours were not Christians, and they became alarmed when they saw the new church beginning to grow.

One Saturday a neighbour approached Miriamu to tell her that the church (Miriamu’s house) was on the neighbour’s land. Miriamu disagreed, telling the woman she had the official paperwork. Immediately, the woman picked up a stone and threw it at Miriamu’s head. The woman continued to stone her until she lost consciousness. As her neighbour threw the stones, she shouted, “We must chase the Christians from this place! They are destroying our religious environments.”

Miriamu was taken to the hospital, suffering from deep gashes on her face and neck along with internal bleeding. “She still finds it difficult to speak,” wrote a VOM worker. “She wants to forgive her neighbour, who she believes will come to know Jesus one day.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Praise God for Miriamu’s remarkable faithfulness. Pray her bold witness of Christlike forgiveness will move her neighbour and others to repentance.
  • Ask the Lord to completely heal Miriamu and help her to overcome.
  • Pray the members of Miriamu’s church will be encouraged by her example and will not be fearful and will continue to meet.

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NEPAL: Christian Woman Beaten and Abandoned by Husband

NEPAL: Christian Woman Beaten and Abandoned by Husband

After Mamta became a Christian in 2010, she was fired from her job, and her husband demanded that she renounce her faith and stop going to church. But Mamta would not abandon Jesus Christ.

Then one day, her husband beat her so badly that she lost vision in her right eye.

When he later left her and remarried, Mamta and her son moved in with her Hindu parents. They blame Mamta for not obeying her husband, and they won’t allow her to take her son to church. Instead, they are raising him as a Hindu. Mamta wants to live on her own so she can teach her son about Jesus.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray for Mamta’s spiritual growth. Ask God to surround her with Christians to provide her with help and spiritual encouragement.
  • Pray that Mamta’s sufferings will not be in vain and that the Lord will use her testimony to bring strength to others.
  • Pray that her parents will come to know Christ and pray for the Holy Spirit’s work in her son’s life as well.

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NEPAL: Living the Christian Life with Beautiful Aroma

NEPAL: Living the Christian Life with Beautiful Aroma

An extremely poor family who came to Christ has experienced intense persecution but also rapid spiritual maturity. The family is so poor that they live in a shelter on government-owned land.

One day they met a pastor who told them about Christ. Eager for the hope Jesus promised, they accepted Christ as a family. They began attending church, walking eight miles each way. Then the persecution started.

Their landlord confiscated the land they were leasing to grow crops. In addition, their neighbours prohibited them from using the village water tap. “They are alone from society,” their pastor said. However, he is impressed with their mature faith in such a short time. The family told him, “The Christian life is like a rose that blooms and spreads aroma in the midst of a thousand thorns.”

Source: Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Father God, I thank you for the spiritual maturity of this family and pray that they will continue to grow, stand firm in their faith and have strength to face their difficult situation.
  • Protect them from the enemies of the faith, let no violence be directed towards them.
  • Pray the Lord will prosper their way and let them find favour. Let them be a shining light for Jesus Christ.

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NEPAL: Young Wife Beaten and Kicked Out of Home

NEPAL: Young Wife Beaten and Kicked Out of Home

Sreva’s husband, who was not a Christian, allowed her to attend church because he had seen a positive change in her. But Sreva and her husband lived with her husband’s parents, and they were unhappy that she was attending church.

Recently, while Sreva’s husband was away at work, they took her Bible and began beating her with it. They ordered her to leave their home immediately and not return unless she renounced her Christian faith.

Sreva is currently staying with friends, and she and her husband hope to be able to build their own home soon. She says her husband recently accepted Christ.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Thank God that Sreva and her husband have come to know Him. Pray He will nurture them in their faith.
  • Ask the Lord to provide Sreva and her husband with a new home and an opportunity to fellowship with other believers.
  • Pray the witness of Sreva and her husband may be powerfully used by the Lord for the spiritual benefit of the family and their community.

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