Nepal

Landlocked in Southeast Asia, Nepal is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Everest and the second deepest canyon in the world Gandki canyon. As one of the world’s poorest countries, Nepal’s economy relies heavily on aid and tourism. Nepal’s people play a huge role in the history of Buddhism, but today, 80 percent of the country is Hindu. 

KEY CHALLENGES

Nepal’s people operate within the cultural class system tied to Hinduism. Because Christians live outside that system, they lack opportunities and are often persecuted by the cultural majority. One’s place in the caste system determines the gateway to jobs and income-earning. Without this built-in social network, Christians are often left with the hardest jobs with the least pay. Women in this society are traditionally treated as property. Years of this narrative have left women with much internal work to do to restore dignity and self-worth, while externally fighting for their position in society.

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our approach

We were never intended to live in poverty, divided against one another, with little hope for peace. In the Kingdom of God, poverty, violence, division, and hopelessness will not exist. We think that the Church is God’s primary transforming agent in the world. The local church is there to make its community more like the Kingdom of God.

Read on to learn how communities are being transformed in Nepal.

Our partners

Mission ONE has been partnering with local leaders in Nepal since 2009. Raised in a high-caste Hindu family, our partner is uniquely equipped to understand the cultural and religious dynamics of the people in Nepal. Our partners are disciplining those who are leaving the religious restraints of their past and raising up local pastors through church plants. Their holistic approach to ministry brings the hope of Jesus to people while their lives are transformed — all through the local church.

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PROJECTS

Resettling of the Cave People - In Nepal, our Mission ONE partner is working together with the local government to relocate a community, build more sustainable structures, and establish a large goat farm that provides both nourishment and a source of income.

Gospel Context

Communities in Nepal are often living in remote places without roads leading to them. An isolated existence also means a lack of exposure to the outside world and its influences. Our partners use a unique and creative approach to discover what is most valuable to a people group and how Jesus' life, death, and resurrection speak to the issues in their community.

To learn more about how to discover what a culture finds most valuable and how to apply the hope of Jesus to these values, check out Jackson W.'s book One Gospel for All Nations.

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