The church under the stairs

A church has started meeting under a staircase in a remote area of Nepal, according to Nepali local partners who are involved in leadership training.

They write, “This area is difficult and often hostile to the gospel but the Lord touched our hearts to train indigenous leader and to help them start a fellowship there.”

The couple describe this district as one of the least reached with the gospel: “We don’t see a Christian or church in 99.5 per cent of the villages.”

Two of the few local Christians were trained by our local partners to start a small church, but unsurprisingly finding a place to meet proved difficult.

“One of the church planters was kicked out of his community for being a Christian. When we looked for a place, even just a house, nobody would help us for fear of being excommunicated, too.

“We finally found a staircase to meet under. The Lord has been bringing people slowly; today eight people gather there weekly.”

Another small church has started elsewhere in the district.

This couple continue to also reach out to the Mushar community, who are considered untouchable: “They are the poorest of poor people in a rather poor land. We have started a literacy programme for women and a free learning centre for children, as they cannot attend school. The Lord has been gracious in using our team.”

These local partners are sent by Asia-CMS and a local Christian organisation and jointly supported by Church Mission Society and Asia-CMS. You can help support inspiring locally led mission like this: churchmissionsociety.org/local

Published 23 April 2019
Region
Asia

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