Arrested in Nepal for Christian Book Distribution

June 15, 2016 by Open Doors in Asia

In the shadow of the Himalayas, two Christian school proprietors and five staff members at Teach Nepal Children’s Ministry were arrested in Nepal for distributing books about Jesus to children. Police took all seven of the believers into custody on June 9 on charges of distributing Christian literature (children’s books about Jesus) to children as they were returning from Dolakha District, where they had been teaching children in a school how to cope with earthquake damage. Though pastors and church leaders are working hard to gain their release, there have been ongoing complications and, as of the end of that week, they had not yet been released on bail.

While the government of Nepal is a federal parliamentary republic, a secular state with religious freedom, there is a strong Hindu influence and proselytizing is not allowed. Pray for Christians, who make up only about 1.4% of the population, as they seek to bring the gospel of Christ to a nation in need.

Father, we praise You for the work You do in Nepal through Your church. It is small in number but serves a mighty God. We pray for these seven Christians who have been arrested for sharing the good news of Jesus to the children. Holy Spirit, we ask You to set them free to continue their ministry. Lead the Christians of Nepal clearly as they seek to respect the authorities even while boldly proclaiming Christ. Be at work in the hearts and minds of the people, that the seed of the gospel might fall on rich soil and reap an abundant harvest for Christ’s kingdom. In the name of Jesus whose name is above all names, Amen.

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