Madeline & I visited Nepal for 5 days from November 29 through December 4. I first visited Nepal in 2012 with Chris Davis and returned in 2013 with Madeline.
How to describe Nepal? Nepal is a landlocked country with China to the north and India to the south. The Himalayan Mountains occupy the north portion of the country, including 8 of the tallest mountains on earth.
The majority of the population [81%] of Nepal is Hindu and Nepal was a Hindu Kingdom until 2008, when it became a secular and inclusive democratic republic. Buddhism represents 9% of population and Christianity represents <2% of the population.
Life is very difficult in Nepal. A large proportion of the Nepalese population is devoid of access to safe and adequate drinking water. An ongoing fact of life is rotating power outages, currently 7-8 hours each day. A significant number of Nepali travel to foreign countries for work to provide for their families.
In April 2015 a devastating 8.1M earthquake killed 9,000 people and rebuilding efforts continue. Shortly after a new constitution was passed this September, blockades began at the southern border with India restricting access to most supplies, including: gasoline, diesel, propane and medicines.
Obviously Nepali life is hard. So why have I returned? Christianity has had a presence in Nepal for approximately 60 years, yet there is an unprecedented strategic opportunity for the gospel to explode throughout Nepal. With access to smart phones and social media, Nepali youth are being exposed to the gospel where previous communications beyond Hindu and Buddhist influences were difficult. Jomesh Tamang, globalLead’s Director in Nepal, has lead the training of over 3,000 youth leaders in the past 5 years.
During this visit, we spent a day in Kathmandu training the Nepal globalLead board of directors. Topics included board member responsibilities, generosity and self stewardship. Moving to Pokhara, the next two days were with Nepal globalLead core team of over 30 level 3 volunteer trainers. Training in Pokhara also included sessions on the Great Commission, Prayer, Why we Volunteer and the Challenges of Full Time Ministry.
The theme of the core team gathering was “Together we are Stronger”. These trainings were investments in the leaders in Nepal, intended to build, strengthen and encourage their efforts on the strategic front lines.
globalLead Board of Director Member