Nepali Women Gossip the Gospel!
We associate gossip with something negative: talking about people behind their backs. Gossip is one of the reasons there is the ninth commandment: “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”
But gossip can be a good thing when it involves talking about Jesus to everyone. Some call this “gossiping the gospel.” Nepal, a Hindu nation with a very low percentage of Christian Believers, offers a wonderful example of that, according to a February 2023 article in Christianity Today. Nepal had no domestic Christ followers in 1951. The only ones were foreign medical workers who allowed Christ’s light to shine through them through acts of compassion. By 1970, there were 500 Nepalis who followed Christ. Today there are 800,000!
How did these numbers grow? It’s almost entirely because of the work of women. Women make up 75 percent of Nepal’s Church, and there is a clear reason. While men are working in the fields, often far from one another, women’s work involves social interaction. They come together to draw water from public wells. Women shop for vegetables in the same marketplaces. In this way, they have the opportunity to share the glories of Jesus Christ with other women.
With Gossip of the Gospel, the Church Grows in Nepal. Christianity Today. February 13, 2023