land-locked nation of Nepal, High on the
edges of the Himalayas was, until 2006,
the worlds only official Hindu nation.
86% of the population being Hindu and
only 0.6% Christian. Today 75% are Hindu
and 2.8% Christian.
1990 civil unrest led to a lowering of
government controls, including freedom
to profess and practice any religion,
but it was illegal to evangelise
especially to Hindus.
who converted to other than Hindu faced
social rejection and possible violence.
2008 the country was declared a secular
republic in spite of pressure from the
growing Hindu fundamentalist factions.
This has led to new legislation being
brought forward which will not allow
Nepalese citizens to change or share
their religion, stifling religious
freedom, and carrying hefty penalties if
spite of this, the Christian community
in Nepal is growing rapidly, and as a
result it is coming under much greater
persecution, particularly from Hindu
extremists, often leading to
increasingly violent attacks on
individuals and church property
including bombings and murder. As one
leading pastor put it, “The only reason
I can think of for the growth of the
Nepali church is the work of the Holy
Spirit,” He added that church planting
and evangelism are the strengths of the
church in Nepal.
you come to Nepal, you will see many
similarities between the church in Nepal
and the first century church as
described in the Book of Acts — in the
religious life of the people, how the
church is being persecuted, the
excitement of the believers, how the
power of God is being demonstrated
through healing and exorcisms.”
top of this, in April 2015 over 8,000
people died in two major earthquakes,
and hundreds of thousands were
displaced. Christians, many of whom are
from the poorest sections of society,
are often overlooked in aid distribution
because of their faith.