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Spiritual Rain For The People Of Nepal
In the January Herald we shared a brief report about the Nepal Christian Herald and about conditions in Nepal and the church there. Since that time, we have received the following update from Nava Raj Panta, the editor of the Nepal Herald:
"Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’" (Matt. 28:18-19).
Nepal is a blessed country in terms of its unique geography with the Himalayas and Mt. Everest – the "top of the world." We thank the Lord for His creation of this mountain so that the Himalayan people may receive the highest rain of blessing. But the people of Nepal are still living in a high degree of darkness.
The Gospel entered Nepal in the seventeenth century, and in the eighteenth century there were a few Christians and eighty-five missionaries. But Nepal restricted foreigners during 1850 to 1950, and believers were expelled from the country. During that era, Nepal was a land empty of the Holy Spirit and full of darkness.
The period from 1950 to 1990 was a time of persecution for the few thousand Christians, and during the decade of the 1990’s, there was religious freedom and about 300,000 believers. In 2008, Nepal converted to a secular state, and during the period of 2000 to 2012, the number of Christians increased to more than two million believers with more than ten thousand churches. We are praying for ten million believers in Nepal by 2020, and for ten thousand Nepalese missionaries to go to neighboring countries. At this time Nepal is in need of a large mission investment from the world.
There are approximately 500 churches operating in Kathmandu alone (the capital city), and the number of churches has grown in Dhading and in the Chitwan district as well. There are three Bible Colleges with Master of Divinity courses, sixteen with Bachelor of Theology courses, and approximately fifty Bible Training Centers for Pastors.
The Ministry of the Nepal Christian Herald
The Nepal Christian Herald has been publishing since 1999, and is sent by email as well. The Herald is providing spiritual food for village pastors and helps them in their preaching. In recent years there has been much spiritual growth in Nepal. We are also sending the Nepal Herald to India, Bhutan, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, UK, and USA where Nepalese communities are residing. Nepalese churches in these foreign countries make photocopies as per their need.
In light of the high price of oil, and the economic situation, the living conditions of normal life grow more difficult day by day. This affects the Nepal Herald as well, and more support is needed for the publication. I request your prayers for a great revival in Nepal and for continued provision for the Nepal Herald.
Nepalese are rich in languages including Nepali, English and Hindi. About three million Nepalese are residing abroad, and India has approximately eight million ethnic Nepalese, and Myanmar has about one half million. Many Nepalese are seeking God.
God has a great plan for Nepal, and God’s people of Nepal need to expect great things from God with bold prayer and attempt great things for Him.
– Nava Raj Panta
Also for Prayer…
• Pray for spiritual rains to fall upon this beautiful Himalayan nation.
• Pray for political stability with the new constitutional republic, and for peace and religious freedom in Nepal.
• Pray for burial grounds for Christians in all 75 districts of Nepal.
• Pray for Nepalese missionaries to go to neighboring countries.
• Pray for Brother Panta, his wife Ishwori, and their young sons, Yonggi and James. Also pray for those who labor in ministry with them. Ask the Lord to continue to empower these workers with the Holy Spirit.
• Pray for the Nepali church to experience unity, the power of the Holy Spirit, and to continue to grow and stand strong despite persecution!
• Pray for great revival in Nepal!
• Praise the Lord for the ministry of Adefris Habte Mekasha, editor of the Amharic Herald (Ethiopia), who is now living and ministering in the United States. One aspect of his mission work here in the U.S. is outreach to Bhutan Nepalese whose parents evacuated from Bhutan, and Kunamas who are exiled from Eritrea. He has been able to baptize over twenty Nepalese and Kunamas who had been Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. He has asked we send copies of the Nepal Herald to him for his contacts there in order to help nurture them in the Lord with materials in their own language.
• Pray as we have opportunities to provide copies of the Nepal Herald to readers in Kentucky, Virginia and South Dakota who are ministering to Nepalese families that have been relocated from refugee camps to the U.S. In such cases, we make copies of the Nepal Herald on our copier and send them to the Herald readers for distribution. Pray that the Lord will use these copies to encourage and strengthen these Nepalese families for His glory!
Support Is Needed
Please also pray about giving generously to continue the work in this nation! The ministry of the Nepal Christian Herald is reaching out with the lifesaving messages of the Herald, and the workers (and Heralds) are also serving as missionaries and evangelists to demonstrate the love of Christ in real and tangible ways! Your gifts will have an impact far beyond anything you can imagine.
Please remember in prayer our brother Wolfgang Gerstenberg, editor of the German Herald, as he continues to grieve the loss of his wife. Pray for the Lord’s comfort, peace and strength to fill our brother’s life and his family’s lives as well. Please also seek the Lord for His special favor upon other members of the German Herald staff including Elisabeth, Volker and Benjamin. The German Herald office carries much responsibility and is always in need of the Lord’s guidance, anointing, wisdom and provision.
Please also ask the Lord for His special provision for Godfrey Ndiriwenyu, the editor of the Shona Herald in Zimbabwe, who is still in need of surgery. Pray as well for the Lord’s help that a new Shona issue will be available for readers soon.