It’s a challenging season for believers in Nepal. According to the American Center for Law and Justice, 17 Christians – both foreigners and locals – were arrested this year under the 2018 anti-conversion and blasphemy law.
Bibles For The World’s John Pudaite just returned from an extended visit to the former Hindu kingdom. “There have been a number of high profile arrests… under the anti-conversion law… and each one of those is now being pushed through the courts to test what’s going on,” he reports.
“Very quietly, some of our missionaries on the ground have been monitoring these situations, even visiting some of these people in the jails.”
Anti-conversion law can’t stop ministry
In 2015, Nepal adopted a new constitution and declared itself a secular nation. Ministries like Bibles For The World hoped this signified a new era of religious freedom. However, in late 2018, Nepal’s government passed a nationwide anti-conversion and blasphemy law.
This law essentially criminalizes the act of sharing one’s faith.
“14 months later, we’re in there and kind of assessing the situation; what it might hold for the future for our ministry as well as other ministries in Nepal, and, most importantly, for the indigenous Church in Nepal,” Pudaite says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth