For over 200 years, Nepal was the only Hindu kingdom in the world. But in 2008, democracy replaced monarchy, and with it came freedom of religion. A mere 10 years later, Nepal has a new claim to fame: It hosts the fastest growing body of Christ on the planet. And it’s just getting started.
Koinonia Patan, a local church in Kathmandu whose name comes from the Greek for fellowship, is but one body of believers in this burgeoning movement. Beyond ministering to its 800 members, the church is mobilizing leaders to take the gospel beyond the four walls of the building.
That’s where the In Touch Messenger comes in. With the New Testament and dozens of inspiring sermons from Dr. Stanley, this simple solar-powered audio device is an indispensable discipleship tool in the hands of Nepali believers.
Kedar, a leader at Koinonia Patan, distributes Messengers throughout Nepal, bringing much-needed teaching to isolated believers. Many of these Christians have started Bible studies, relying on the device to illuminate the Word of God. When these Bible studies have ten or more baptized adults, Koinonia Patan considers them to be house churches, each one a beacon of light attracting those in search of the truth. And Kedar isn’t the only one taking advantage of the Messenger’s unique discipleship capacities.
Ditya*, a local hospital volunteer, travels to remote Himalayan communities still recovering from Nepal’s 2015 earthquake, in search of vulnerable people who need medical help. In these journeys, Ditya encounters new converts who are hungry to grow but often don’t have access to pastors or Christian community. Recently equipped with Messengers, Ditya now has a way to nurture their faith even after she returns home to Kathmandu.
“I have been praying for something like this,” Ditya says of the Messenger, noting how the audio device is perfect for oral learners.
Because of faithful sowers like Kedar and Ditya, the church in Nepal continues to grow. Koinonia Patan in particular has planted 240 house churches with their sights set on 500 by 2020. The Holy Spirit Himself is awakening hearts to salvation and adding to their number daily, as the church continues to devote itself to teaching, koinonia fellowship, and prayer (Acts 2:42, Acts 2:47).
For more on the growing Christian church community in Nepal, read these articles:
True Religion: How One Church in Nepal Is Making a Difference
Suffering: Evade it or Embrace it?
*Name has been changed to protect her identity.