“Like most Nepalese, I come from Hindu origins. My mother and father were Hindus and I was raised Hindu as well. At home we observed the complex Hindu belief system of rituals and practices. The life and death cycles Hindus live with takes them through 8.5 million lives and deaths. It is not true, of course, but this is what people believe.”
“In high school, I was influenced by atheism, not God. I stopped believing in any kind of afterlife at all. It was forbidden to distribute Christian literature at that time in Nepal. If someone converted to Christianity, it could land them a year in prison and if someone was charged with promoting Christianity, it could cost him three years in prison. If someone got caught baptising another person, that would land them five years in prison.”
“When I accepted Christ, I shared my conversion with my family, they cast me out, almost immediately. Not only that, but friends and teachers as well. They ceased having contact with me and shunned me. As it turned out, I was the first person to become a Christian in my district. I was completely alone and without any contact with other believers in my hometown and for miles and miles around. At that time, there were only about 1,000 believers in all of Nepal. Since that time, Christianity has experienced phenomenal growth. Today, in Nepal, Christians number around 1 million.”
“When I became a Christian, my parents were very against it. But, I prayed for them and for my entire family. My mother became a believer in 1990 and then my father in 2004. Both of my parents died as believers in Jesus Christ. Four of my eight brothers and sisters have also become believers along with their children. My wife and three children are also believers and all three of my children (two daughters and a son) are all in theological college. Praise God!”
“Theological education is very much needed for the growth of the Church, preparing Church Planters, and involvement and engagement in the society. Churches were also allowed to legally function and imprisoned Christian leaders have been released. We still do not have any constitutional freedoms, but we claim freedoms and function in them even though there is no guarantee that they will remain. In 2015, Nepal ratified a new constitution and in regards to Christianity and other faiths, it states that any activity leading to a conversion is punishable by law. In 2016 a law was proposed that states that anyone involved in proselytising will be imprisoned for five years. The law has not yet passed but it is under consideration. I believe that hard times are not all behind us. I am concerned that even teaching and training can be interpreted as proselytising.”
“If a person becomes a Christian, that is also punishable by law. I believe that this law curtails human rights. This arose from a radical fundamentalist Hindu movement but churches continue to grow at the same fast pace. Today, Christianity has spread all over the country. Church Planting is strong in Nepal. Both cities and villages are centres of church growth and influence. Nepal is still a context that is very hostile to Christianity. The majority of people are Hindu, Buddhist or animistic. Christianity has grown rapidly here but remains endangered.”
“In the midst of persecution, we have never stopped witnessing. Being a witness of Christ transforms individuals, families, a society and the nations. We must never stop witnessing. God placed the Church in the world to be light and salt to the world. God intended the Church to bring the transformation of all people. Education and economic growth transforms a nation, but real and lasting transformation comes through the Word of God. Providing books and printed materials are important for sustaining and growing the Church in Nepal.”
“The earthquake in 2015 struck on Saturday, the day when Nepalese churches meet because it is a public holiday. I was preaching at the time and a wall of the church collapsed and killed one of the people present. There were 800 in the church so we were very blessed not to lose more than we did. Many churches all over the country were damaged and about 13,000 people died. Some 500,000 houses were destroyed. Rebuilding has been very slow and it is still ongoing.
“I help in the translation of Bible League program resources and I have also been a trainer for several years for Project Philip and Church Planter Training. I thank God for what He is doing through Bible League in Nepal.”
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