Gospel for Asia missionaries—and Christians throughout Nepal—are praying that their new constitution will include true freedom of religion
An often violent political campaign was capped by a surprisingly peaceful election day in Nepal on Wednesday. Early results show that the Maoist party candidates fared poorly, coming in last in most instances.
Christians in Nepal are now turning their attention to the newly elected officials, who are charged with turning the country into a true democracy. They will rewrite the country’s constitution and work out the details of how to abolish the monarchy.
The candidates have said that the new Nepal will be a secular nation with guaranteed freedom of religion. Nepal has been an official Hindu country for more than 200 years.
Gospel for Asia President K.P. Yohannan, speaking to Mission Network News, said it will be vital for Christians to be represented in the new government.
“Pray that the government will have at least a handful of Christian representatives in their work on creating the new constitution for the country,” Yohannan said.
There were at least four Christian candidates. It is not yet known if any of them won their respective seats in Nepal’s constituent assembly.
The April 9 elections were Nepal’s first since 1999. The weeks leading up to the election were marred by violence, in which two candidates were killed. News reports from the country said that election day was mostly peaceful. About 17.6 million of the country’s 26.4 million residents were eligible to vote. Initial reports show that voter turnout was high, even though irregularities caused 10 voting sites to postpone polling to a later date.
A group of Nepali Christians is shown during their Easter parade. They spent the day sharing the love of Jesus in their communities.
Yohannan asks everyone to remember GFA’s missionaries in Nepal as the country undergoes this radical transformation.
“Pray for the missionaries, pastors and believers, that they would have wisdom to respond to the situation correctly in the midst of uncertainties,” Yohannan said.