Christian witness for Nepal is a non-profit, us-based Christian ministry established to provide relief and support for the native and indigenous Christian minority of Nepal. The long-term goal of the organization is to equip the church in Nepal with appropriate resources to promote self-sufficiency and provide direction in ministering Christ’s message of compassion and salvation to the people of this small, poor country located at the foot of the Himalayas.
Nepal is a third-world country in southwest Asia with ancient roots stemming back to the time of the late Vedic tradition. It is currently caught in the conflicting tide of twenty-first century political instability plaguing much of the southwest Asian continent. Whirling currents of nationalism, tribalism, traditionalism, democracy, and communism have led to endemic political instability and stagnant economic growth. Nepal, as a result, is one of the poorest countries in the world and the most impoverished countryin southwest Asia. According to the CIA world fact book, around half of the working-age population remains unemployed and underemployed.
A GEOGRAPHER’S & NATURALIST’S DREAM
Lying astride the Himalayan Mountains on the sub-continent of India, Nepal shares 56,102 miles of border with the world’s two most populated countries, china and India. In this century, the nation first gained the west’s attention as the model “Shangri-La” for adventurous national geographic explorers in the 1920’s. Lowell Thomas’s radio commentaries of the 1930’s and 1940’s continued the focus on Nepal as a mountain utopia. Chitwan national forest’s tigers, elephants and reptiles awed western naturalists and reinforced the romantic adventurer’s exotic perception of Nepal.
Pastor Ram S Nepal