PRAYER POINTS

  • Thank God that Nepal’s decade-long civil war has come to an end.
     
  • Pray for the government to be more proactive in dealing with domestic terrorism and politically-motivated violence that occur in urban areas and in the Terai.
     
  • Before 1960 no Christian could even live in Nepal. Thank God that now there is more freedom of religion, but it is still difficult and dangerous to tell other people about God. In 1959, there were just 29 Christians secretly living in Nepal―now there could be as many as half a million. Thank God for this amazing growth.
     
  • Christians who have tried to share the Gospel with Hindus face imprisonment or even murder. Pray against the threat of violence that many Christians face and pray that Nepalese authorities would protect religious freedom for everyone.
     
  • Pray for Church leaders in Nepal to be united in purpose and vision as they seek to further God’s Kingdom. Pray for Nepal to become open to the Gospel and that millions will come to Christ.

 

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FACTS
Population:  30,725,000
Total People Groups: 339
Unreached People Groups: 317
Region:  South Asia
Official National Language: Nepali 
Secondary National Language: 
Religions: Hinduism 75.0%, Buddhism 16.0%, Islam 4.4%, Christianity 2.8%, Unknown 0.9%, Non-Religious 0.7%, Other 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Percentage of People in Poverty: 31%

LOCATION
Nepal, officially known as the State of Nepal (previously known as Kingdom of Nepal), is a landlocked Himalayan country in South Asia. It is bordered by Tibet to the north and by India to the south, east and west. Though a small territory, the landscape of Nepal is unusually diverse, ranging from the humid Terai in the south to the lofty Himalayas in the north. Eight of the world’s 10 highest mountains are in Nepal, including Mount Everest.
Nepal is roughly the same size as England or the U.S. state of Arkansas.

RELIGION
Nepal is 85% Hindu. Nepal’s Christian minority makes up 1 to 2% of the population. Hinduism is recognized as Nepal’s official religion. Although people are free to follow any religion, it is against the law to convert to others.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
The lengthy civil war took a toll on churches in Nepal. A Gospel for Asia pastor in the country reported that many innocent Christian Believers and church leaders were abducted and killed. Many pastors were physically assaulted or otherwise abused by both Maoists and the Nepal government’s official Army.

John Prakash Moyalan, a 62-year-old Indian missionary, Catholic priest and principal of the Don Bosco Nepali-language School in Sirsiya, was killed by an underground militant Hindu organization in Nepal on July 1, 2008, Compass Direct News reported. The killers, believed to be militants from the Hindu nationalist Nepal Defense Army, left pamphlets stating their belief that Nepal should be a Hindu Kingdom.

With the law-and-order situation in the new republic plummeting since elections in April 2008 and relations with southern neighbor India becoming increasingly acrimonious, Christian leaders here said Indian Catholics in Nepal are facing a greater threat from Hindu extremists. The extremists blame New Delhi for the May 28 , 2008, ouster of Nepal’s Hindu king Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and the transformation of the world’s only Hindu kingdom into a secular state.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors