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Prepared for Persecution

Nepal

A VOM contact recently talked with a 17-year-old girl in Nepal, where many people are Hindus. The girl’s aunt was a Christian, and she led the girl to the Lord. Hindus in Nepal sometimes persecute people who leave their religion to follow Jesus. “My aunt prepared me for persecution,” said the girl.

The aunt was wise to prepare her. When the girl’s mother found out her new faith, she locked her in her room and took away all her clothes and shoes so she couldn’t escape. The girl was able to sneak away and find a friend who gave her some clothes. Now she lives in another village with three other Christian girls who were also rejected by their families.

The four Christian youth struggle to make ends meet, gathering and selling firewood to earn money for food. The girl has only one set of clothes. She fasts and prays two days a week, asking God to give her strength. “The Lord has touched my heart and shown his love for me,” she said.

Pray for Christians in Hindu lands. Read Comparing Hinduism and Christianity in America and Comparing Current Issues in Hinduism and Biblical Christianity to learn more about Hinduism.


Praise the Lord Around the World

Use the chart below to learn how to say “Praise the Lord” in 10 other languages. Sing the song “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah” or another song with the words “praise (ye) the Lord” in it. Substitute one or more of the phrases for the English words.

Country
Language
How To Say It
Iran Farsi KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr
Pakistan Punjabi RAHB-dee tah-REEF HO-vay
China Chinese tzahn-may joo
Colombia Spanish GLOH-ree-uh ah dee-ohs
Russia, Kazakhstan Russian SLAH-vuh BOH-goo
Many Muslim Countries Arabic MAHG-duh lah rahp
Eritrea Tigrinya gway-tah yeh mess ghen
Malaysia, Brunei Malay Poo-jee TOO-hahn
Nepal Nepali jay muh-SEE
Bangladesh Bangla ee-shohr-air goor-ohb hohk

Nepal

Nepal

Nepal

HOSTILE

Capital
Kathmandu

Size
Slightly larger than Arkansas.

Main Languages
Nepali

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 4:45 p.m. in Nepal.

History
After a war with Britain, the government of Nepal did not trust foreigners. So Nepal was closed off from the rest of the world from 1816 to 1951. Few people in Nepal had the opportunity to learn about Jesus during those years. Thousands of people died during a 10-year war that ended in 2006 between Maoists (communists) and the government.

 

Religion
Mostly Hindu, many Buddhist, many who mix both religions.

Persecution
People who come to Christ from other religions are sometimes persecuted by their own families, neighbors, and bosses. Hindus honor cattle, and it is against the law to kill cattle in Nepal.