Nepal (MNN) — According to Kelsey Wales, a Missions Coach with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), the spiritual harvest in Nepal is abundant.
"The church is growing — very fast," she said. "It's one of the fastest-growing churches in the world right now, which is really exciting."
On a recent "vision trip" to Nepal, Wales and several other TEAM members witnessed God working in the country. While He used TEAM's traditional approaches of church planting and women's ministries to bring Nepalese to Him, newer methods are breaking spiritual barriers, too. Wales said medical care is opening doors for the Gospel in western Nepal, an area notoriously resistant to Christianity.
"We've really found that professional platforms have been really advantageous to reaching the Gospel and doing that church-planting work," she said.
Believers at TEAM's hospital in western Nepal have formed many relationships, and used those friendships as a gateway to introduce the Gospel and Jesus Christ. Now, said Wales, those medical workers are expanding their reach to rural villages. Teams trek into hard-to-reach areas and spend several days tending to the community's medical needs.
"Often by bringing that medical aid into a completely unreached area, they're able to share the Gospel and witness to those people groups who have yet to even hear of the Gospel," Wales explained.
TEAM also reaches into the business world, using relationships with co-workers built over time to introduce the message of salvation. Wales shared the widespread needs in Nepal.
"There is so much work that needs to happen in Nepal," she said. "Whether it's in the medical side in social justice and reaching the tangible physical needs, but just as important, if not more so, the spiritual needs of a very dark and lost country."
Pray that God would raise up workers for the spiritual harvest. Pray for the Nepali church, too.
"There are lot of challenges in the country itself, so just pray for the local church that it would be strong, that it would continue to grow, and that it would be able to overcome opposition."
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