Change is still filling the air (and lot’s of dirt as well! ) The 2015 earthquake re-building is still happening all throughout Nepal. The roads are ripped up and dirt is everywhere but the economy is growing and it’s blessing people. The brutal India border blockades from late 2015 which stopped fuel and cooking oil from coming into Nepal has now turned into new opportunities and fast growing relationships with China. China continues to help Nepal build important trade routes and infrastructure. The historical monsoon flooding of 2017 in Nepal took the country by surprise yet quickly gave way to the Church stepping out across the country and putting their faith into action. Believer’s gathered to help people clean up, rebuild and receive medical care in the face of the tragedy. In October a raging fire swept through Balkhu slum settlement in Kathmandu and people ran for their lives and more than 40 families lost the meager shelters they lived in. But the Church responded quickly and with a powerful-fierce love to rebuild and help! Churches were torn down by extremists against the faith yet more new churches were built! Near endless opportunities arose to show care and concern and share the love we have because of Jesus. People continue to respond to the love of God, to the story of God, and be restored back into relationship.
The earthquakes, The Enemy, those that violently oppose, fires and the monsoon flooding, all were the opportunity of a lifetime for the church in Nepal to say we will respond with our love and we will put our faith on display! The Church in Nepal is alive!
We are blown away by how you care for others! The response to crisis and the willingness to help ministers and encourages us! We did so much in 2017 because of you! Here’s just the basics!
More financial support for pastors to be rooted in ministry and train new pastors!! (so important!)
Care for the needs and support of young children and orphans
Remote in depth Bible training and leadership training (also so important!)
Ray’s of Hope after school tutoring program for local kids of all faith!
Khokana Leper Colony outreach and care
Hetauda Bible School and Community Church
Warm blanket outreach
Monsoon flooding relief aid in various areas in Nepal
Balkhu fire relief aid
Blind Church outreach
Other disaster related aid
News update October 2017. Local extremists took it upon themselves to tear down a local church gathering place.
Nepal has been debating its anti-conversion bill. The law as written stipulates,
“Preaching, testifying, and counselling people for religious matter and leading them to new religion other than their forefathers’ traditions is considered as crime. The punishment is 5 years imprisonment as well as Nrs 50000/ fine for those who break the Law.”
Although the law has not officially been passed, Christians are already feeling the impact. On June 9th, 2016 seven teachers, (six brothers and 1 sister) were taken into custody and jailed for distributing religious materials while teaching children about earthquake related awareness programs. On June 13th their pastor Shakti Pakhrin was also taken into custody and jailed.
Excerpts taken from harvestbridge.org/blog/arrests-nepal/
June 9th 2016. Brothers and sisters in handcuff and being taken to the police custody in Nepal. Originally Posted by Rc Silvans via Facebook
(Photo Cr. Bala Shiwakoti)
The seven being booked on June 9th. Originally Posted by Rc Silvans via Facebook
Pastor Shakti Pakhrin was also arrested by police on 6/13/2016 in Dolakha Central Nepal. He is in police custody and being held where the other 7 brothers and a sister are being held. Posted by Rc Silvans via Facebook
All 8 were released on June17th. Posted by Rc Silvans via Facebook
Originally Posted by Rc Silvans via Facebook
Touch Nepal is a non-profit organization that exists to fulfill Jesus’ commission to go into all the world. We partner with Nepali pastors and emerging leaders and their God-given vision to reach their own people with the good news of Jesus. Instead of imposing a western agenda, we come alongside indigenous pastors and leaders through financial support, education, prayer, relationships, and strategic planning. Touch Nepal wants to see more and more Nepali people have an opportunity to hear the message of Jesus and be reconciled with their Creator who loves them and live the full God-glorifying life they were created for.
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Nepal has been debating its anti-conversion bill. The law as written stipulates, “Preaching, testifying, and counselling people for religious matter and leading them to new religion other than their forefathers’ traditions is considered as crime. The punishment is 5 years imprisonment as well as Nrs 50000/ fine for those who break the Law.” Although the […]
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