Nepal’s insurgency produces an unexpected effect.

By June 10, 2004

Nepal (MNN)–Nepalese Maoist rebels are wreaking havoc this week. They’ve attacked an Indian-run school in renewed violence and kept other schools closed for four days in a nationwide strike.

The thriving insurgency means the Hindu kingdom has been unable to create a stable government since the massacre of the royal family three years ago.

The trouble has also prompted warnings from various governments not to travel in or to the country. However, an American missionary, unnamed for security reasons, says that won’t stop their Operation Mobilization teams.

In fact, the trouble has had an unanticipated effect. The people’s disillusionment has produced a vacuum. “Buddhism and Hinduism have not brought them any satisfaction. There’re also factions among them, within their own communities, so all that has been a failed system. I think what we’re seeing is all the choices are really narrowed down to just one thing left, and that’s Jesus.”

The people’s response to personal ministry, school outreach, orphanage projects is a contrast to the dismal political state. “It’s close to being a failed state. I don’t think we’re there, I don’t think we’re going to come to that, but it is a potential. So, as people pray, pray that in this turmoil, that it would cause people to open their minds to alternative answers to what they have ever heard before.”

The OM team is working to motivate, develop and equip people for evangelization, and to strengthen and help plant churches. Pray for their safety and wisdom.

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