Our work in Nepal began in 2003 when Pastor Pat Harris went to Nepal tofacilitate training for local church pastors, leaders and women's ministry workers. This particular trip involved training in three distinctly different areas of Nepal: one in the Himalayan region, one in the jungle region, and another in the east part of Nepal, near the Indian border. Although Pastor Harris would continue to travel to Nepal to facilitate training, it was on this first trip that the Lord gave him a vision of what else could be done in Nepal to help the Church (less than 2% of the pop.) in the areas of children's homes and church planting. Since 2003, he and those who support his ministry have helped to build two children's homes, a Bible school and several local churches.
The primary focus of the ministry has always been to use the Nepali people to reach their own people. They know their language, culture, and customs better than any foreigner could ever learn them. They know what will work and what will not work to communicate, influence and persuade their people to accept the teachings of Christianity and; especially, to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Nepal is predominately a Hindu nation. For centuries Nepal was a Hindu monarchy. The overwhelming majority of the Nepalese population follows Hinduism. Nepal is also traditionally held to be the birthplace in about 563 B.C. of Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama, founded Buddhism. All three main branches of Buddhism exist in Nepal. In 1996, the Communist Party of Nepal started a bid to replace the royal parliamentary system with a people's republic by violent means. This led to the long Nepali Civil War and more than 12,000 deaths. By 2005 the Maoists had brought about the downfall of the monarchy and in 2007 the last king of Nepal stepped down from the throne.
Work in Nepal is slow, difficult and somewhat primitive. The people are wonderful people who are a pleasure to work with. They are not westerners and do not think or act like westerners do. In order to be effective in Nepal, those who work there need to be patient and sincere and in it for the long haul.
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