Nepal – Population: 29.9 million, Christian 1.3 million
Most of the persecution of Christians in Nepal comes from Hindu radical groups whose goal is to return Nepal to a Hindu state. Seen as betraying their ancestors’ faith, Christian converts from Hinduism continue to live under intense pressure, including Nepal’s anti-conversion laws.
On April 23, five Christians, including an American citizen, were arrested in Nepal’s Dang District after they were accused of attempted proselytization. These arrests, and other instances of Christian persecution, present a worrying sign for religious freedom in Nepal. According to local reports, the five Christians were arrested on April 23 in Nepal’s Dang District. Among those arrested were Pastor Dilli Ram Paudel, General Secretary of the Nepal Christian Society, Gaurav Srivastava, an Indian citizen, and Leanna Ciquanda, an American citizen.
Prior to these arrests, Nepal’s Christians have reported escalating levels of persecution. On March 24, a Christian pastor was beaten by an angry mob after being accused of proselytization in Sarlahi. These incidents are a worrying sign that religious freedom, a right guaranteed by Nepal’s constitution, is on the decline. In 2015, Nepal adopted a new constitution that declared the country a secular state and guaranteed religious freedom. However, the constitution also included language that has provided the foundation for the country’s controversial anti-conversion law.
Under Article 26 (3) of the new constitution, “No person shall behave, act or make others act to disturb public law and order situation or convert a person of one religion to another or disturb the religion of other people…such an act shall be punished by law.”
On August 17, 2018, the Nepalese government enacted this controversial portion of the new constitution when it was added to the country’s criminal codes. Under these new laws, an individual found guilty of even encouraging religious conversions can be fined up to 50,000 Rupees (US$ 416) and placed in prison for up to five years.
- Pray to the Lord that He will soften the Governments attitude towards Christians and that the anti conversion law will be abolished.
- Pray to the Lord that moderates in Government will counteract the Hindu extremists from gaining more influence in the country.
- Pray for the protection of believers who are arrested just for sharing the gospel. Pray that lawyers will come forward to defend them and, if their cases reach the courts, that they will be dealt with justly. Hindu extremists are gaining influence in the country.
- Pray for protection for new believers when members of their own family turn on them, often throwing them out of the family home. Pray for tolerance toward believers.
- Believers often find themselves alone in following Jesus in their family which leads them to want to worship in secret. Pray that they will find security in the fellowship of other Christians.
- There is an increase of Christians being accused of proselytizing. And now any Christian who talks Christianity can be falsely accused of trying to convert someone. Pray that our brothers and sisters in Nepal “… stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong”
- Pray that Christians would have wisdom to know how to share the gospel with their Buddhist neighbors and family members. Pray they would lead with love and be well-received.
- Pray that believers would have courage and endurance in the face of persecution.
- Pray for the protection of NGOs who minister to the Christian minorities
- Pray to the Lord that He will encourage His saints so that His church will continue to grow faster than expected.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses to the Lord
- Leah Sharibu and Alice, pray that they will be set free.
- Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from Prison
- Pray for the release for Anita, a Christian convert recently sentenced to 6 years in prison for sharing the Gospel in Iran
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Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.
The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.
With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.
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