How to Pray for Mission Nepal
This morning, Pleasant City Church is sending a team of five on mission to the beautiful country of Nepal. We leave today in high expectation of what God is going to accomplish in and through our team. You see the spiritual climate of receptivity to the Gospel in Nepal has dramatically shifted in just a few short months. Since last spring, we have seen several Christian believers unjustly arrested and detained for proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. Thankfully, these fellow believers have been released, but unfortunately the unsafe environment in Nepal has not been altered. The Church in Nepal is still facing severe persecution. For the last few days, as our team prepares, three words have been in our hearts. We had the opportunity as a team to listen to a message from David Platt that really impacted us. You can watch it HERE if you are interested. Within that message, David talked about three words that really identify our responsibilities as ministers of the Gospel (which every believer is). We ask that as you lift us up in prayer, that these same three words would come to your hearts and minds. We are praying that we would be on mission with Urgent, Humble, Action.
Since their first missionary, the mission to spread the Gospel in Nepal is an urgent one.
In 1715, the first missionaries reached the country, but their expulsion a few decades later inaugurated a 200-year ban on Christians. And when Nepal flung open its doors to Western aid in the 1950s, the government restricted incoming believers—no evangelizing or converting. Fast forward more than half a century. The current constitution guarantees religious freedom, but evangelism and conversion are still illegal. Nepali Christians face steep fines and even imprisonment for merely mentioning the Good News. Yet, it’s within this increasingly inhospitable environment that the church is flourishing. The Church in Nepal is a small minority, but it is growing by leaps and bounds. There are 1 million Christians living in Nepal today (3.8% of the population), and the number is rapidly rising. It’s the fastest growing body of Christ on the planet.
We do not have time to waste! It is our desire that God would burn within our team as well as within our church family at home a sense of urgency to carry the Gospel to Nepal as well as the ends of the earth. That our lives would count for something greater than ourselves- the spread of the knowledge of God’s grace and glory to all the peoples of the earth.
"Let the peoples praise You, O God; let ALL the peoples praise You!" - Psalm 67:5
We recently learned that many of our Nepali brothers and sisters in Christ are currently fasting and praying for us as we set out on this mission. How humbling it is to know that people who do not know us, in a country where food and provisions are already scarce, are willingly and joyfully abstaining from those precious provisions on behalf of us and the mission before us. This has shaken our team to the core. It is an ever-present reminder that this mission is not about us as team members. It’s not about our energy, or charisma, or opinions of what we think we know. This mission is about Jesus. Pray that we would humbly seek the Holy Spirit throughout this mission and that God’s Word would move in power in the lives of those we come in contact with.
"…Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord." - Zechariah 4:6
Please pray that we would not be timid in the face of oppression and persecution, but that we would emulate our faithful brothers and sisters in Christ there in Nepal. We want to be discerning, yet bold in our action for the sake of Christ. Pray that God would give us opportunities to encourage faithful believers as well as reach out to the lost.
"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes." - Romans 1:16
Thank you for your prayers. We know that our God is mighty to save!
**History of Evangelism in Nepal taken from https://www.intouch.org/nepal-lift-your-eyes-to-the-mountains