Recent accusations and the subsequent arrest of believers won’t stop one ministry from moving forward in Nepal. Bibles For The World President John Pudaite says the oppression actually helps further their cause.
“Inadvertently, by acknowledging that these Bibles could be used for conversion, people [who] are trying to squelch Christianity are acknowledging the power of God’s Word…. They are saying that this book can transform lives.”
According to Pudaite, Bibles For The World has provided 2.5 million Gospels of John throughout Nepal since 2012. This has “helped fan the flames of the growth of Christianity, the growth of the Body of Christ across the country.”
Right after Easter, police reportedly arrested four Christians and accused them of violating Nepal’s 2018 anti-conversion law. One believer, an American, was immediately deported.
Pudaite suspects pressure from neighboring India. As a landlocked nation, “[Nepal is] very much dependent on maintaining a good relationship with the strong, fanatic Hindu government and power in India,” he explains.
“Much of their daily needs — whether it’s gasoline, diesel, cooking, gas, food items — everything comes in or through India.”
India has long held sway over Nepal’s decision-making authorities. In 2015, India essentially “blackmailed” the former Hindu kingdom following its constitutional rewrite and never let up the pressure. The government began implementing anti-conversion laws in August 2018, and a political party took serious steps toward “Hinduizing” Nepal last month.
“We see this pressure especially in the plains area that borders India,” Pudaite notes. “It’s called ‘Terai’… and that’s exactly where this arrest happened.
“[This area] has much stronger Hindu influence, much stronger influence from India.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News