ICC Note: The Christian Church in Nepal is facing increasing persecution as the government continues their crack-down on religious freedom. Evangelism of any kindwas recently banned under the country’s new constitution.
The Church leaders in Nepal are now attempting to navigate how they will be able to practice their faith and share it with other; the new laws don’t specify what constitutes evangelism, so it is possible that even holding church services that are open to anyone and offering aid to underprivileged people will be considered illegal.
Christianity has been increasingly under attack in the country, and the Church leaders are asking for the prayers of the international Church at large so that they will be able to continue to live out their faith and serve others in the country.
Nepal(Seventh-Day Adventist Church) – The leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nepal has called for prayers amid a state clampdown on evangelistic outreach, including the distribution of religious literature and even having a Bible in a Christian orphanage.
All evangelistic activity is prohibited under a new Nepalese Constitution that came into force in September 2015. Article 31(3) of the Constitution says that “any act to convert another person from one religion to another, or any act or behavior to undermine or jeopardize the religion of another, [is] punishable by law.”“It is time to reconsider our approach toward reaching other communities with the gospel,” said Umesh Pokharel, president of the Adventist Church’s Nepal Section.
Pray for divine intervention in Nepal!