Words of Hope has been helping to produce radio programs in the Nepali language since the 1980s. In the country of Nepal, we have partnered with Cross-Way Church for radio broadcasting since 2009.
Nepal is a hard place to do ministry. This mountainous country is home to eight of the ten highest peaks in the world, making distance a real barrier to spreading the gospel. The first church was formed in Nepal in 1952 with just 25 Christians. Successful church planting has seen this number grow quickly, but leadership training is urgently needed among these fledgling Christian communities.
Illiteracy is also a problem in Nepal, with less than half of the population able to read or write. Words of Hope donors are having a positive impact in the country of Nepal as they come alongside Cross-Way Church to expand the reach of the gospel through media and holistic aid efforts. Donations allow Cross-Way Church to better the community around it in practical ways, and utilize radio and video recording to train up new pastors and nurture church groups in hard-to-reach areas.
“There are many who are seeking Jesus every day. We are blessed to see the work of God in transforming lives even in the midst of the global pandemic. We are not able to visit people, but people call and seek help from the church—giving us the opportunity to reach them.” — Nepali producer
The vast majority of Nepalis adhere to the Hindu religion. There is also a subset of Buddhist followers in the country. Only about 1% of the population identifies as Christian, and new laws against conversion in Nepal make it a very difficult place to share the gospel. The Words of Hope Nepali team attempts to share the love of Christ wisely and carefully through radio programs and CDs. These resources can reach individuals who have never heard the gospel story before. Media also assists in the process of training new church leaders to shepherd church plants in currently unreached areas.
- Pray that the power of the gospel would reach the hearts of many more listeners and that they would find hope in Jesus Christ.
- Pray for ongoing church planting efforts.
- Pray for continuing relief and rebuilding efforts following the devastating 2015 earthquakes.