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Nepal

The land-locked nation of Nepal between China and India was, until 2006, the world's only officially Hindu nation, with 86 percent of the population being Hindu and only 0.6 percent Christian. Today, Christians make up 2.8 percent of the population while Hindus account for 75 percent.

Civil unrest in 1990 led to liberalization of government controls, including freedom to profess and practice any religion, but not to evangelize. Despite this official policy, local persecution of Christians continued, particularly for those who shared their faith with Hindus. Those who converted to religions other than Hinduism face social rejection and the possibility of violence.

In April 2008, Christians welcomed the victory of the Maoist party in elections held for an assembly to rewrite the constitution and make the nation a democratic republic. Many believers saw the Maoist party victory as a step toward greater religious freedom. With the Prime Minister’s resignation in 2010, the government remains insolvent, and constitutional reform remains delayed.

While persecution is less acute than in the past, it remains. In October 2010, six men attacked and brutally beat a Gospel for Asia-supported missionary. The men accused Indra Rai Waglan of blasphemy against their traditional gods. They also accused him of forcing all the members of two families to convert to Christianity.

Current Ministry Project

VOMC has worked with project partners to offer leadership training to key individuals who would then implement a local leadership development program through a local cluster of churches. VOMC’s partner has a simple, practical, and affordable strategy for developing leaders in church planting, and this training provides practical leadership principles to leaders who want to emulate the selfless servant-leadership modelled by Jesus.

Project Fund: Equipping the Saints

Country Information

Population
29,717,587 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Chhettri (16.6), Brahman-Hill (12.2), Magar (7.1), Tharu (6.6), Tamang (5.8), Newar (5), Kami (4.8), Yadav (4), Rai (2.3), Gurung (2), Damai/Dholii (1.8), Thakuri (1.6), Limbu (1.5), Sarki (1.4), Teli (1.4), Chamar/Harijan/Ram (1.3), Koiri/Kushwaha (1.2), other (23)

Religion (%)
Hindu (81.3), Buddhist (9), Muslim (4.4), Kirant (3), Christian (1.4), Other (0.5), Unspecifed (0.2)

Leader
President Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli

Government type
Federal democratic republic

Legal system
English common law and Hindu legal concepts

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Nepal

Pray that Christians will practice their faith with courage.

Pray that despite the lack of freedom to share the hope of faith in Christ, the Lord will give Christians opportunities to evangelize.

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Nepal News

  • Pastor Finally Released on Bail
    Pastor Keshab Raj Acharya and his wife Junu - Photo: Morning Star News www.morningstarnews.org
    Pastor Keshab and his wife Junu after his release.
    Photo: Morning Star News

    Pastor Keshab Raj Acharya was finally released on bail in late June after spending three months in prison. Sources state that the bail amount was exorbitant, considering the charges against him.

    Pastor Keshab was first arres

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  • Video Leads to Threats
    Hindu historic site
    Hindus make up over 80 percent
    of Nepal’s population.

    A video leaked to social media has forced a pastor into hiding. Sukdev Giri, pastor of Trinity Fellowship church has received death threats from Hindu militants. Family and friends have also faced threatening phone calls.

    In March, Pastor Sukdev

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  • Assaulted Pastor Recovering from Trauma
    Pastor Dhurba - Photo: Morning Star News
    Pastor Dhurba is still recovering from the attack.
    Photo: Morning Star News

    More than a month after Pastor Dhurba Kumar Pariyar was attacked by Maoist rebels, he remains in pain and faces mental trauma. Despite that, he has found strength in the Scriptures, as well as the testimonies of others who h

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  • Five Christians Arrested
    Arrested believers - Photo: Morning Star News www.morningstarnews.org
    (From left) Pastor Dilli Ram Paudel, Kunsang Tamang, Gaurav Shrivastava and Leanna Cinquanta share a meal in Nepal.
    Photo: Morning Star News

    Five Christians, including two foreign nationals, were arrested on April 23rd on allegations of attempted proselytization. The arrests happened during an early

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