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Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Political leaders in Nepal have welcomed Pope Francis's calls for peace and reconciliation and have committed themselves to drafting a new secular constitution in Nepal. This have given many hope that the newly elected government in Nepal will uphold the right to religious freedom. In turn, it is hoped that the upholding of this basic right will help reduce the amount of persecution felt by Nepal's Christian community. Please pray for this peace and reconciliation process.
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
The Christmas season is a time in which many doors are opened up for the Gospel in Nepal. Two years ago, the Nepali government declared Christmas a national holiday. Since then, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims have been able to use the holiday as a time to reconcile and commune with each other. Unfortunately, with the rise to power of Hindu nationalists in Nepal, Christmas being an official holiday for all Nepalis may soon be brought to an end.
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
The Rastriya Prajatantra Party - Nepal (RPP-N) has gained political power following Nepal's recent election cycle. Many Christians and other religious minorities fear the RPP-N's rise to power because of the group's stated goal of making Nepal officially a Hindu state. Many Christians fear this will mean a new crackdown on the Nepali Church that has seen increasing growth in Nepal since the government became secular in 2008. Please pray for the future of religious freedom in Nepal.
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Thousands of Christians and non-Christians gathered in Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Saturday to take part in "Christ the King procession" organized by the church. This procession has given Christianity in Nepal a more visible presence and has led to the baptism of many non-Christians. Christians and non-Christians alike expressed their delight in participating in the event even though the future of religious freedom and Christianity in Nepal's future government is uncertain. Last week, Nepal held an election that will likely see the establishment of a new government seeking to return Nepal to its Hindu roots. As a part of their platform, these political parties want to designate Nepal officially a Hindu nation. Something many Christians fear will bring more persecution.
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Christians in Nepal are bracing for the results of Nepal's current elections. A leading party in the elections has declared its intent to return Nepal to its Hindu roots and re-establish the country as an official Hindu state. Many Christians in Nepal fear that a drastic rise in persecution will follow this return to Hinduism, many looking at the increase in Christian persecution in India as Hindu nationalist parties have gained power and influence as an example of things to come.
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Christians in Nepal fear a rise in persecution as citizens in Nepal go to the voting booth Tuesday to elect a new government. Currently, a Hindu nationalist party leads the polls. As part of this party's platform, it would return the national identity of Nepal to its Hindu roots and officially recognize that tradition and identity in the nation's constitution. Nepal is officially a secular state and many religious minorities fear that the rise of this Hindu nationalist party will also bring a rise in persecution. Many Nepali Christians look to India where Hindu nationalist has driven Christian persecution and fear that their future in Nepal looks similar.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
In late October, a Christian in Nepal was lured to the house of a Hindu radical where he was murdered. The Hindu radical claimed to be in pain and was in need of healing prayer. After visiting the Hindu radical and praying for him three times, the radical murdered the Christian man with a knife in his own home. The Christian community of Nepal is still small, but it is growing. This growth has led to a new wave of persecution against the Church in Nepal. Please pray for these persecuted brothers.
Friday, November 1st, 2013
On October 20, a Christian man belonging to a Believers Church in Nepal was murdered by a man that claimed he needed his prayer for healing. In the early morning hours of October 20, Debalal was called to the home of Kumar Sardar for prayer. According to Kumar, he was experiencing pain and needed prayer. Debalal was reluctant to go, due to the hour and the fact that Kumar was known to be a strict adherent to Hinduism. Eventually Debalal decided to go and pray for Kumar. Unfortunately, this was a trap set up by Kumar who murdered Debalal while he was praying at his home.
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
The legacy of the Hindu caste system and its discrimination against low caste peoples is fueling the spread of the Gospel in Nepal. Hundreds of non-Christians are beginning to attend worship services to hear about the Gospel's message of equality and love. Many of these new attendants are dedicating their lives to Christ and the spread of his message. Please pray for the continued growth of the Church in Nepal.
Monday, October 7th, 2013
Youth from both Hinduism and Buddhism are turning to Christianity in Nepal despite the persecution and discrimination. Many are turning to Christianity because of its belief in equal rights. Coming from both Hindu and Buddhist backgrounds, many of these new converts have grown up within the caste system traditionally decreed in both of these religions. Christianity, offering equality among people from all castes, is appealing to many young people from Nepal and recent growth statistics reflect this. Yet, wherever Christianity grows, so does persecution. Social pressure and rumors against Christianity are becoming more common in Nepal and outright attacks are not unheard of. Please pray for the growth of Christianity in Nepal.
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Again, Christians living in Nepal have been denied the right to bury their dead in official cemeteries. Local authorities say that they are attempting to protect Hindu temples by not allowing Christians to bury their dead near by. This means that Christians are forced to bury their loved ones in forests, near rivers and away from all population centers. Please pray for these persecuted Christians.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Thursday, March 28th, 2013
After finally permitting Christians to bury their dead in Nepal, the former Hindu nation is showing signs of change with a pattern of religious lenience that other restrictive nations would do well to follow.
Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Expectations were high when Nepal was declared a secular state in May 2006, after more than two centuries of Hindu monarchy. However, in these six years of the nation’s transition to a democracy, the new leadership has been reluctant to give equal rights to the Christian minority.
Friday, December 28th, 2012
Sunday, December 16th, 2012
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Friday, August 31st, 2012
Christians in Nepal have a dilemma. They have nowhere to bury their dead. Most Hindu’s cremate their dead, and Christians are only allowed to bury their dead on designated burial grounds. Except that the government has not designated enough to even begin meeting the need, leaving Christians with a dilemma when it comes to honoring their loved ones with a Christian burial. "Either the government should say that Nepali Christians aren’t Nepali citizens, or it should give them their rights."- Laxmi Pariyar, Christian member of Nepal’s dissolved Constituent Assembly
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
In 2009 a church in Nepal was bombed by an extremist Hindu group. The pastor of that church has received another threat, “The Hindu extremist said that he would plant a bomb at our church if we did not help his group. But when I asked what type of help he wanted he hung up.” The police are taking this seriously and have already begun an investigation.
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
A Hind extremist group called the Nepal Defense Army (NDA) has been threatening Christians and their Churches. They claim, “Nepal is a Hindu nation and Christians and Muslims are not welcome.” Churches have had to hire security guards. Police have begun investigations and say they will protect places of worship in Nepal.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Persecution in Nepal has lessened since 2008, but it still remains. Those at the highest risk are former Hindus who have converted to Christianity. With 95% of Christians in Nepal coming out of Hinduism, the question now is how to get the Bible in their hands.
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
500 people were “ignored” as they gathered for prayer inside Kathmandu’s oldest Protestant church while authorities tore down the exterior walls, causing damage to the interior of the building, to make way for a road expansion. Several other buildings on the property were destroyed and the police were deployed to keep the peace and stop the Christians from interfering with the road work. One church member said, "The authorities have no respect for religious sensibilities…and ignore the importance of faith for us."
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Thanks to the support of Christian rights’ advocates, government officials in Nepal have agreed to build a retaining wall for a church in a remote village. Reconstruction on a road a put the church building in danger of collapsing and the government had plans to do something about it “ later.” The members of the church said, “Some locals started saying that Christians were rich enough to even build a wall of gold and the government had other things to do.” This is why Christians gathered to form a public outcry, resulting in the government agreeing to put in a retaining wall now instead of later.
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Two men in Nepal were arrested for threatening to blow up churches, murder Christians and kidnap Pastors. What a relief to have them in custody. It’s refreshing to see the police take these threats seriously, stopping the individuals before something truly horrible could happen
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
This is an editorial piece written by a man in Nepal. In it he refers to Christians as “criminals” who have come to Nepal to “suck the blood” of Hindus and Buddhists. He calls for former Buddhists and Hindus, who have become Christians, to reconvert back to their original religion and “chase away the Christian destructive force for the sake of sovereign Nepal.” While this way of thinking is dangerous in and of itself, and is in part the root of persecution, it is even more dangerous in Nepal since the failure of the Constituent Assembly.
Saturday, June 9th, 2012
We have been watching Nepal and it’s struggle for a new constitution. Things fell through last week. Danny Punnose summarized the situation well: “the present government is not ruling the government anymore. There will be a caretaker government managing things until November when elections will take place where they're going to re-elect everyone back into the government…” We join the Christians there in wondering what the future will hold. They ask us to pray for them, saying, “we need wisdom…”
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
The last four years did not produce a ratified constitution for Nepal. It was supposed to ensure the rights of Christians, but now everything is up in the air as now a new “constituent assembly” must be voted in. Nepali authorities and politicians have signed a six-point pledge agreement in support of Christians, but as a Catholic Church representative states, , "People are fed up with politicians and changing governments. Most Christians are unsure whether the government will implement this agreement fairly nor not." From here we wait and see, hoping it won’t take another four years simply to produce another failure.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Maoist insurgency left behind a mess of instability when it ended in 2006. Since then the government of Nepal has been attempting to form a new constitution. Unfortunately, the many times extended deadline (think: four year process) came and went with no new constitution. Now the country is in a precarious position. Will the quest for peace end? Will the “secular state” status, “intended to protect the rights of religious minorities” stay or will the Hindus who oppose it win? This article gives a good overview of the struggle and where things stand now. We can only pray that this does not end badly.