Diligent work pays off in Nepal, despite rebel insurgencies.

By October 20, 2003

Nepal (MNN)–Nepal’s Maoist rebels walked out of peace talks two months ago. They’re fighting to replace their constitutional monarchy with a communist government. Despite the revolt, a ministry celebrates one year there.

Yet, FARMS International’s Joseph Richter says the fighting has taken its toll. “Because of an insurgency that’s going on there, there has been some difficulty reported from the field in conducting normal operations of programs. Certain areas seem to be carrying on okay, but there are hot spots in other parts of Nepal that loans can’t be given at present.”

The Nepal Friends Program is one of three new programs. This program serves believers in the villages of the Kathmandu Valley. Applying biblical principles of stewardship and tithing, their lives are continuing to improve and their churches are being strengthened.

Christians are a minority in Nepal, and often targeted for violence by Hindu extremists. The uncertainty of illness, death, and natural catastrophes overshadow their lives. Nevertheless, they are working hard to overcome the risks and to provide for their families through hard work and commitment to the Lord. Richter says, “Christians in that country seem to be holding up quite well and continuing with outreach and conducting training that’s necessary and also conducting the FARMS program in areas that it’s possible in.”

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