Natural disasters, epic political conflict and disunity in churches might have paralyzed Christian outreach in Nepal over the past year – but indigenous missionaries tell how the Holy Spirit was not stopped.
Powerful earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 last year brought the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal – formerly the Kingdom of Nepal – to a standstill, and then a dispute over a new constitution led to a blockade at the border with India that cut the flow of items critical for everyday living such as food, fuel and medical supplies. Gas shortages reduced Christian ministries’ ability to bring aid to outlying areas even as most people reverted to a daily existence reminiscent of the Stone Age.
The crises united churches and the people of Nepal as they worked together to survive, but longstanding divisions afflicted some congregations. Indigenous missionaries were crucial in helping to overcome the dissension. During the middle of the border blockade in January, an indigenous ministry’s team of evangelists that traveled to Udayapur District had the opportunity not only to share the gospel but to help heal a divided church.
“I found that there was no unity among the believers; some were in false doctrine,” the ministry director said. “Then these believers saw our ministry and how God is working through us.”
Through aid, prayer and preaching, the indigenous ministry modeled the teaching and works of Christ for the congregation, and word spread to local churches.
This article continues at [ChristianAid.org] God’s Reign in the Former Kingdom of Nepal