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11 October 2023

Learning to overcome persecution: joyful testimonies from Nepal

Nepalese Christians share their testimonies from persecution survival training led by local Open Doors partners.

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Did you know that in Nepal, you could be imprisoned for sharing the gospel? Under the 2015 constitution, telling others about Jesus can be punished by five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 Nepalese rupees (about £300 – more than three times the monthly minimum wage in Nepal).

"I felt it was an arrangement made by God for us to be equipped and encouraged." Ajar Kumar

Nepal is currently number 55 on the World Watch List, and has seen an increase in persecution against Christians in the past few years. As well as these legal restrictions, Christians face persecution from their families and communities – often being compelled to leave their homes temporarily or permanently.

In response to this rising persecution, Open Doors local partners are active in supporting the church to equip believers, helping them stand strong in their faith. This includes a variety of training sessions, including persecution survival training. You can hear encouraging testimonies from courageous believers who are being helped by this training – and do keep praying for Nepalese Christians following Jesus no matter the cost.  

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”

“The village where I live is Hindu-dominated and we are the only Christians,” says Gita Pun*. “My family is vulnerable to social discrimination and mental persecution from the villagers. I am thankful that the persecution survival training was conducted here for us. I felt it was an arrangement made by God for us to be equipped and encouraged. I loved the verse from Romans 8:31 where it says, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’”

"It really reminded us of the biblical perspective." Sagar Katuwal

Sagar Katuwal* agrees: “First of all, I sincerely thank Open Doors partners for organising such blessed and motivating training sessions. It is significantly relevant for us as we live in such a hostile situation where we face persecution in the form of hatred, injustice, mental torture, etc. It really reminded us of the biblical perspective and energised and awakened us to be prepared for persecution.”

Overcoming persecution from family

Some of the believers who attended the training feel isolated within their own families. “I face persecution from my family and relatives when I accepted Christ,” shares Dhan Maya Pariyar*. “At that time, I felt discouraged and lonely. However, this training revived me and reminded that I am not alone in this journey. It has encouraged me to stay strong and faithful to the Lord all my life. I am really blessed and have learned so many things through this training.”

Sabita BK* knows how her sister feels: “The theme of the training is directly related to my story as I have been persecuted by my family,” she says. “I was greatly comforted and filled with joy attending this training. The verse from John 16:33 encouraged me a lot  – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I discovered that, as Christians, we will be persecuted for His name’s sake – but we should be firm and strong in our faith and never give up because we will be victorious in His name. Thank you.”

Learning how to forgive

The sessions also helped participants truly understand the importance of forgiveness. These believers know that forgiving your persecutors is often extremely hard, but are still choosing to forgive.

“Persecution survival training was very helpful for me because it refreshed and revived me spiritually,” shares Ajay Kumar*. “It mainly taught me about forgiveness and self-control which I felt was so practical. Though I heard about it so many times in the past, now these became so powerful while attending this training. I was challenged by it and now I am in a state to forgive and exercise self-control which is the blessing from this training.

"The training refreshed and revived me spiritually." Ajar Kumar

“I learned to love and forgive my enemies and neighbours even if they hate me and try to harm me because I believe in Jesus Christ my Lord,” agrees Kamala Rai*. “I am happy to endure persecution because the Bible tells us it will come. I am not surprised or worried but I take suffering as my privilege and the blessing I have in the Lord.”

Finally, these courageous Christians are also thinking about their global family – particularly their brothers and sisters in other countries who, like them, are facing persecution for choosing to follow Jesus.

“This training was really helpful for me because it inspired and taught me to be stronger in my faith in Jesus Christ,” says Nabin Tamang*. “It helped me understand the persecution situation in the world and encouraged me to grow spiritually. I am encouraged to pray for those who are persecuted all around the world.”

Praise God for the impact of this training and how He is using Open Doors partners in the region, and join these believers in praying for the persecuted church in Nepal and elsewhere.

*Names changed for security reasons

Please pray
  • That these persecuted Christians stand firm in their faith, and can be salt and light amidst persecution
  • That Open Doors partners are equipped and protected to reach many more Christians in Nepal with encouragement and discipleship
  • For those who persecute Nepalese believers to encounter Jesus themselves, and choose to follow Him.
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