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Grounded from Church

Pastor Kamal was the pastor of a small church in Nepal. The church was near a camp for Maoist soldiers. Maoists follow communist teachings and they are not always friendly to Christians. They have attacked and threatened churches in Nepal in recent years.

One day, 37 Maoist soldiers arrived at the church. Pastor Kamal’s congregation probably did not know what to expect when their “visitors” showed up.

But these soldiers had an interesting story.

Jesus in the Camp
Two of their fellow soldiers had visited the little church in the past. Pastor Kamal told them about Jesus and gave them Christian books to read. The soldiers gave their lives to Christ!

They took the Christian books back to the camp. The leaders at the camp found out what they had been doing when they left the camp. The soldiers were forbidden to attend church again.

Nepali

“Holy Bible” written in Nepali, the official language of Nepal. Unlike English, Nepali words are written below the line instead of sitting on top of a line.

The two soldiers shared their faith and their books with some of the other soldiers. Many of their friends began to follow Jesus, too. Thirty-seven of them decided to visit Pastor Kamal’s church.

When they got back to the camp, the 37 men were punished by having to do harder work. An officer announced that no one in the group would be allowed to leave the camp. Christian books were forbidden in the camp. But God was still with the soldiers. He will never leave or forsake them.

To Think About: Hebrews 13:5 tells us that God will never leave or forsake his people. Two verses before that, God’s Word says to remember Christians who are in prison and those who are mistreated. How can you “remember” Christians who live in places where there are rules against Christian activity?


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