(ANS) – The Nepali Church has grown from 29 believers in 1959 to around 500,000 in 3,000 congregations today (Operation World). Whilst persecution in the Hindu Kingdom was intense through the 1980s, the religious freedom introduced in the 1990 Constitution led to improvements. However it is not full religious freedom as Article 19 includes ‘no person shall be entitled to convert another person from one religion to another’. Church growth in Nepal testifies to the Holy Spirit’s blessing of courageous, sacrificial witness and faithfulness. Militant Hindus still target Christians and social pressure remains intense. The Maoist insurgency that has ravaged Nepal for nine years adds to the suffering.
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