“Inadvertently, by acknowledging that these Bibles could be used for conversion, people [who] are trying to squelch Christianity are acknowledging the power of God’s Word…. They are saying that this book can transform lives.”
In line with Pudaite, Bibles For The World has offered 2.5 million Gospels of John all through Nepal since 2012. This has “helped stir up the expansion of Christianity, the expansion of the Physique of Christ throughout the nation.”
Proper after Easter, police reportedly arrested 4 Christians and accused them of violating Nepal’s 2018 anti-conversion legislation. One believer, an American, was instantly deported.
Pudaite suspects stress from neighboring India. As a landlocked nation, “[Nepal is] very much dependent on maintaining a good relationship with the strong, fanatic Hindu government and power in India,” he explains.
“Much of their daily needs — whether it’s gasoline, diesel, cooking, gas, food items — everything comes in or through India.”
India has lengthy held sway over Nepal’s decision-making authorities. In 2015, India primarily “blackmailed” the previous Hindu kingdom following its constitutional rewrite and by no means let up the stress. The federal government started implementing anti-conversion legal guidelines in August 2018, and a political get together took severe steps towards “Hinduizing” Nepal final month.
“We see this pressure especially in the plains area that borders India,” Pudaite notes. “It’s known as ‘Terai’… and that’s precisely the place this arrest occurred.
“[This area] has much stronger Hindu influence, much stronger influence from India.”
Pudaite urges prayer for Nepali believers. “[Pray] that God would continue to direct, guide them, [and] give them the wisdom and insight they need to continue to be strong for the Gospel.”
Moreover, ask the Lord to bless believers’ efforts as they “continue building the Body of Christ — even while they’re trying to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves in their work.”
Within the coming months, Bibles For The World plans to ship one other half-million Gospels of John to Nepal. Please pray for knowledge and discernment as ministry leaders proceed with that plan.
Together with distributing God’s Phrase, Bibles For The World serves South Asia’s unreached individuals teams and Christian leaders in all kinds of the way. Pray for Pudaite and his fellow leaders as they assess and re-evaluate their 2019 plans.
Pudaite says, “We’re just taking extra caution [as we] work through the plans — where we’re going to be, what kind of seminars we’re…doing, what kind of distribution,” and which teams to associate with.
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