8 Christians arrested & released from prison

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016

  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...

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A 7.5′ tall man in Simara, Nepal

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013

A 7.5′ tall man in Simara, Nepal

There’s not a lot of reason to get excited about 1.5%. I don’t follow the 1.5% cash back deals though I might possibly change my 2% milk for 1.5%. However, I calculated that if I grew 1.5% in a day I would go from 6 feet tall to 7.5 feet tall. Now that would truly be shocking. We visited the small Nepal city of Simara in January 2013. Total population 5,971 people. The church gathered in what would occupy the space of a one car garage or a large bedroom. In fact it’s a room off a house. Perfect for ten people, except that there’s more like 30 on the very cold January morning we arrive. We enter the tin roofed room to the sound of loud singing. Just find a place on the floor and squeeze in. The extra body warmth is nice because it still feels like it’s about 45 degrees to me.     Obviously we can see that the church is packed beyond capacity and desperately needs more room. After the gathering, they walk us to a modest foundation to the side of the existing house along with a stack of bricks for what they hope will be a new church for them.     As Touch Nepal shared the story and the hopes of the Simara church, people here generously answered the call to partner with them. They started the work right in the middle of monsoon season and finished just in time to host a women’s conference for over two hundred women. One of the host churches was the newly finished Simara church. Nepal has an estimated Christian population of around 1.5% to 2.5%. That’s not much. But Jesus is changing hearts and lives in Nepal and numbers are changing along with those lives. Certainly numbers alone are a poor way to measure real growth but when you’re at only 1.5% of the population, I suppose numbers are more interesting. So to hear that 200 Christian women have gathered in the small town of Simara is amazing. That means for a moment in time the Kingdom of God burst forth in this particular area of Nepal at a staggering double plus some expansion. It took the existing 1.5% in the church to reflect God’s love to their neighbors and friends and share their own stories of how Jesus’ love, forgiveness, grace and hope...

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Candy Land

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013

Candy Land

We called it Candy Land at first. A place so remote that it doesn’t even appear on maps. Bumpy miles and hours pass as we drove through square plots of sugarcane fields down a single endless baby powder dust filled road. We saw the kids all eating the raw sugarcane on the way there and the name stuck. The villages correct name we determined ( as much as we were able too ) is called Laximinya. It’s a few miles north of the India border in the remote terai area of southern Nepal. The church meets upstairs in a rented,run down and structurally wobbly and creaky second floor wood room and every inch is packed with worshipers of our Lord when we arrived on a very cold day in January. They told us “There’s no problems with snakes coming up into the church now because it’s too cold, but in the summer they will be back to hide from the heat.” What kinds of snakes we dared to ask wide eyed. “Cobras”. After our gathering they took us less than a mile from the soon to collapse upper room to a beautiful blank canvas of a grass field. They showed us the start of a modest sized foundation and told us their hopes and dreams to have a structurally safe and cobra free place to worship God someday! Helping our brothers and sisters in Laximinya was heavy on all our hearts and thanks to very generous donations we were able to help them with the new church project. They’ve started to build and will complete it as clear weather permits since it’s monsoon season there now. What a joy to hear how happy they were that God answered their prayers using us. I can’t imagine anything...

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Off the map

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013

Off the map

Bringing Jesus to the unreached is one of the main goals of Touch Nepal. Find out what God is doing in remote villages where the Gospel has never gone before. Stay tuned!

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Nepal’s Lost & Forgotten

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013

Nepal’s Lost & Forgotten

Did you know that Touch Nepal is reaching the untouchables of society, providing fresh water to the needy and food for a colony of lepers?  Stay tuned to hear more!

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