Giant Step Toward Freedom of Faith in Nepal

Dave and Hannah Hough used to attend Northridge Church, and now they are working as full-time missionaries in Nepal. They were sent by Samaritan’s Purse – Dave is a doctor and Hannah works with Tiny Hands, an anti-human trafficking agency. You can look at their blog HERE. I follow their newsletter and enjoying hearing about their ministry in Nepal. This story about the persecution and amazing witness of Christians in Nepal really caught my attention. You can see it in its original form HERE.

Nepal is at a crossroads of country development and national identity.  Currently there is a group of nearly 400 representatives from all political parties and ethnic groups, working together to make a national constitution.   In the past, under the monarchy, Nepal was a strict Hindu nation where it was illegal to change faiths.  Though this is not currently the rule, there is some confusion as to the enforcement of the past restriction.  This past month, at the urging of a strict Hindu sect, a group of 40 pastors and Christians were arrested during a baptism at a local body of water.  Four of those arrested were sent to jail.  While they were there, they cleaned the prison facilities, did general maintenance work, and made friends with the guards and other inmates.  The public outcry was so strong they were released after a few days.  After they were released they returned to the prison with fruit and gifts for the guards and prisoners. The police have refused requests from the fringe groups to raid other baptisms.  It was a great testimony of the local church and demonstrated that this previously strict Hindu nation has come a long way toward religious freedom and acceptance for all faiths.

Part of Dave’s work at the hospital is training new Nepali residents to be the future doctors of Nepal.  While knowledgeable, experienced residents are a huge asset, new trainees can be a challenge, especially during this busy monsoon season.  There is a difficult balance between teaching and patient care when the medical wards are overflowing.  Most days there are patients sleeping on palates on the floor as all of the beds are full, and they are too sick to be turned away.

Hannah’s work with Tiny Hands had a bit of a hiatus for a few weeks this month as we hosted Irene and Nate, Hannah’s sister and brother-in-law.  It was delightful to have visitors from home and show them a bit of our lives in Tansen and around Kathmandu.  We also had a look through Nate and Irene’s eyes about the things that we consider normal here, (showering in buckets, boiling milk) and a sneak peak as to what a return to the U.S. might be like.

Our 10th anniversary on July 31st was an especially special time of celebration!

At almost 7 months, Adah has started solid foods and has very specific tastes.  Lido (Nepali baby cereal) – thumbs down, banana – meh, rice and milk – kind of ok, rice and dahl(lentil) – so far the winner! We also found out she is taller than the shortest man on Earth who happens to be Nepali!

Ellis loved spending time with her Aunt ‘Re-Re’ and Uncle ‘Make’ this month, and she didn’t mind missing exam time at school either.  Yes, they do give exams to 3 year olds in Nepal!

Hudson is in the losing teeth and growing daily stage of life.  Irene and Nate were surprised to find such a toothless 6 year old, with such short pants.

Prayer Praises:

  • A great visit with Irene and Nate. We are so grateful they were able to come to Nepal.
  • The release of the 4 jailed pastors and the giant step toward freedom of faith in Nepal.

Prayer Requests:

  • The training of the Nepali residents and patience for Dave and the other physicians as they work with them.
  • In the next 6 months 3 of the senior doctors will be leaving, continue to pray for more committed Christian, Nepali physicians to feel called to serve in the hospital.

 

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