Nepal (MNN) — American officials
are reviewing a terrorist tag placed on Nepal's ruling Maoist party.
Nepal's Prime Minister argued that the Maoists should be removed
from the list because they had given up fighting and promised to install a
The Maoist-led government will
oversee the preparation of a new constitution by May next year, capping the
peace deal that ended a war in which more than 13,000 people died.
While many believers see the
Maoist party victory as a step towards greater religious freedom, Christians
continue to face the crosshairs of political insurgents.
As recently as July 2008, members
of the Nepal Defense Army, a terrorist group that wants Hinduism restored as
the state religion, broke into the Don Bosco mission in eastern Nepal and killed
a Roman Catholic priest from India.
Yet, a worker with Operation Mobilization, whom we'll call "Solomon," says
while it has been a rough road, they actually have more freedom for ministry
now. "When the Maoists were quite violent within the villages, the police
who were the people who always used to arrest us and confiscate the literature,
were no longer worried about our Christian work. With the Maoists taking over and declaring
Nepal a secular state, most of their anti-religion activity has been against
the Hindu fundamentalists."
Their diverted attention leaves
the ministry team free to focus on evangelism training in the remote
areas. "We're running a
three-month training program, where we bring in between 100-150
students for some short training for about 14 days. Then we send them out on
outreaches within the villages for about 30 days."
According to an OM report, a
recent three-month Winter Outreach Program saw 120 Nepalis participate. After the initial training period, they went
out into the towns and villages to share the Gospel. Six weeks later, they took
a break and met together for feedback and further training.
Their report: Around 355 villages received literature, approximately 6,000 to 7,000 pieces of literature were distributed, and
nine people came to faith.
In addition, the team helped at Sunday schools with new songs and shared their
testimonies at house group meetings. They also taught youth groups new songs
and dramas about outreach, shared testimonies, and preached at women's meetings,
as well as taught new songs and drama for worship meetings.
The team further challenged local churches to get involved in outreach and were
role models for them by going house to house visiting, performing outreaches in
the marketplace, and in personal outreach.They also worked with street
children, and taught about HIV/AIDS awareness in schools.
Pray that local churches would
continue to cultivate their outreach programs and the new believers.