Day 13

DECEMBER | 2022

Nepal

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

An earthquake measuring 5.6 resulted in the deaths of at least 6 people in Western Nepal. Several smaller earthquakes within the month caused a great deal of fear among many who are still recovering from the effects of the devastating earthquake in 2015. Some infrastructure damaged in that earthquake remains unrepaired due to bureaucratic processes that make access to the needed funds incredibly slow. Pray that the hope and peace that Jesus brings will be experienced by many this Christmas season. Pray that the Gospel will be effectively presented this month (The Bible, Romans 1:16).

Source: Nepal earthquake kills at least six villagers, rattles New Delhi (Reuters)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

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.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Sher Bahadur Deuba
POPULATION
31,551,000
CHRISTIANS
0.9%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Hinduism
PERSECUTION RANKING
34
REFUGEES
39,012
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67.52 yrs
LITERACY RATE
66%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
25.2%