NOTES FROM THE FIELD
In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors.
Working Experiences in Nepal
Nepal is one of the poorest and least-developed countries in the world. It is a mountainous country and life is challenging in the rural areas. Many places where we work do not have road access at all. The government is working to improve road connectivity. Rural roads are being constructed.
Politically, now the country has a strong and stable government. They are left-wing parties. The country is implementing federalism. It is new to Nepal. People are watching and hoping the new system does better for the people’s rights and for development of the country.
Growth of HCLCN Churches in West Nepal.
HCLCN has been working in the central region of Nepal. Most of our churches are in the central region. However, the Lord has blessed us with some churches in the west. Western Nepal is least developed among all other parts of the country. We have new contacts in Dang, Rolpa, Salyan and Humla districts in the mid-west. Here are short notes on each district in the region.
The Lord has blessed us with a faithful man. His name is Nawaraj Dangi. He is learning at our institute. He is a hard-working person for the church. There is an expansion of the work in his area. People are coming from faraway villages. We had [stateside] mission helpers evangelize at the church. It is located in the center of other districts where we have churches. We plan to start a Bible institute at the church.
There is a young man, Choodamani BK who is giving his full-time for the church. His church has about thirty members. The church in this village is growing. People come to church for healing and deliverance from the bondage of devil. The Lord has worked in this village. The believers are healed and they are becoming strong and faithful members at the church. There is a need of training from the Word so that the congregation could have depth of spiritual teaching.
A faithful man named Bhog Bahadur Gharti started the church in the village. It was established about two years ago. There are about 26 members at the church. Since there are few churches here, the church seems to be growing soon. They need a roof for the church, and asked us to help them. We pray that the Lord provides the needs at the church and helps the leader at the church.
We have a leader who works at the local church. As the crow flies it is not very far, however it takes about five days just to get to the local church. There is a small number of Christians in the district. We hear the people come to believe in Christ and the number is increasing.
Himalayan Bible Institute (HBI)
HBI was established in January 2016. Back then we graduated five students who came to study from the Word with us for several years. The Lord has blessed the HBI and gave more students to study with. Over time, some of the people quit and others weren’t regular in attending the classes. Starting with about fourteen, we ended with four students. We graduated four students on March 7, 2018. As we graduated five in 2016 the total number of graduates is nine.
We are planning to train ten students at the HBI this year too. We have six people ready and there are a few interested and we hope we get the ten students. We are also praying to start another training program for the churches in the west.
HBI aims to produce more workers for the harvest. We are praying and hoping that the Lord gives us faithful men that would give their time for spreading of the Gospel to the millions of unreached and lost people in Nepal.
Challenges for Nepali Churches
Working in Nepal is becoming more challenging because of the anti-conversion law. The law forbids evangelism and conversion. There may come a time in Nepal when we would not be able to proclaim the Gospel publicly. We have heard of cases of arrest for sharing Gospel to the non-Christians. There are such reports now and then. It is discouraging news to all Christians, especially pastors and leaders of the churches.
Therefore, we would appreciate more prayers that would strengthen us to work for the Kingdom.
Raju Bithrakoti is a pastor and missionary in the HCLCN. His home is in Nepal.