Church alive and growing in Nepal’s Mid-West
Story by Gary Fallesen / photos by Megh Gurung
Crowding in to hear the Word of God.
The monsoon season could not keep brother Megh from his appointed rounds in Rolpa, the Mid-West district we were intending to visit during Mission: Nepal 2016 (Part 1)
in April. Megh and his wife Bhim were sent to visit the church we helped build and the many offshoots of that healthy body in Korchabang.
“Having heavy rains everywhere, along the way (the route) was disturbed by landslides and the (road was) washed away,” Megh said. He added that in places the route was “too muddy” and vehicles would get stuck or slide off the road.
Megh and Bhim arrived safely and then trekked with Pastor Dalsur of the church at Korchbang for a few days to three villages where new churches are growing.
The church in Nepal continues to grow despite increasing persecution in the shadow of the Himalayas. Recently, teachers at a Christian school were arrested for distributing books to children about Jesus. They have been released, by the grace of God. Proselytizing is, technically, not allowed in Nepal — a country that is 82.5 percent Hindu, 9.4 percent Buddhist, and only 1.4 percent Christian.
Worship in a house church.
After trekking for 6½ hours, they worshiped from 8 to midnight the first night with a house church that is “passionate for the Lord. Everybody was excited to do the fellowship. I shared the message among them,” Megh said.
The next day — during and after a seven-hour hike — they worshiped during the day in one village and at night in another. Although it was planting season, Megh said, “everybody attended the fellowship in the daytime. The fellowship was very good.” So was worship that evening.
The following day they reached Korchabang, where six new believers were baptized. Some were from Korchabang and others from Dharmashala, the next village were C4C is intending to build a church. “New people are coming to the Dharmashala church,” Megh reported. “I am very excited.”
Megh the baptizer, above right. Below, training is held for churches in Rolpa.
Megh held a day-long training for 60 participants from seven churches, focusing on the Bible, leadership, family (the roles of the husband, wife and children), church planting, praise and worship, and more. “All of the participants were open hearted to learn more about the Word of God,” said Megh, who also showed Nepali Christian films in the evening. “It was amazing.”