As the Church grows rapidly in Nepal, this attracts attention from those who oppose this. Though conversion from Buddhism to any other religion is illegal in Nepal, many people have chosen to follow Jesus. A lobby has raised up within Nepal accusing missionaries of destroying local culture and exploiting the poor. Pray for God’s protection over missionaries and Nepali Christians. May their lives be upright and righteous in every way. Praise God that our loving Father God promises to instruct and teach us in the way we should go; He counsels us with His loving eye on us (The Bible, Psalm 32:8).
Source: Christian missionaries target the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal (BBC)
Nepal is famous for the world’s tallest mountain range. Recovery from the devastating 2015 earthquake continues to be hampered by political infighting which has prevented the release of funds that were pledged. An extremely poor country, Nepal’s economy relies on international aid and tourism which suffered tremendously during the COVID-19 pandemic. Human trafficking and corruption remain major problems. Nepal and India are the world’s only Hindu-majority nations. Despite this, Nepal is officially a secular nation and freedom of religion was enacted in 2006, but persecution has intensified. Five years ago, new laws were introduced to prevent religious conversion. Only a few Nepali Christians have been charged and convicted under these laws, and a hand full of expatriate workers expelled.