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Nepal

Nepal’s two major earthquakes earlier this year shattered the lives of millions of people. Now nationwide fuel shortages, caused by more than two months of blockades along the border with India, mean life for people in Nepal is even more precarious. “It feels like it’s getting serious now,” says Simon Hall, a BMS World Mission […] Read More

Nepal’s constitution, to be released on Sept. 20, will include language defining it as a secular state. In the months leading up to a formal vote on the proposed constitution, there has been a strong push to return the nation to a Hindu state, as it had been prior to 2007, leading non-Hindus to fear […] Read More

Baptist and Christian leaders have urged Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to reconsider language in Nepal’s proposed constitution that would make evangelism illegal. Section 31(3) of the proposed constitution reads: “No one shall behave, act or undertake activities that breach public order or break public peace/peace in the community; and no one shall attempt to […] Read More

“Mom, did you hear about the earthquake? The news said thousands of people died.” If you have not heard a variation of this question recently, you probably will soon. As news of this devastating earthquake continues to flood all forms of media, it is likely that your children or those you serve will hear about […] Read More

On my first visit to Nepal in 1989, I was appalled at the grinding poverty in which the vast majority of its citizens lived. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the rich world came to trek, climb the Himalayas or seek some variation of private nirvana. None of this […] Read More

Major celebrations took place in Kathmandu as United Mission to Nepal (UMN), a BMS World Mission partner, marked its 60th anniversary. Nepalese government representatives and other guests joined more than 150 staff at their headquarters in the capital on March 5 – 60 years to the day after UMN was formed in 1954. UMN is […] Read More

Saru woke up unable to move her legs; she’d been unconscious for a week. She had no recollection of her family taking her to the hospital in Lucknow, India, of the doctors saying she would die or of her journey home to western Nepal. As she woke, her family told her what had happened – […] Read More

There are no experienced doctors in most rural Nepalese hospitals. Without the access to general practitioners, the rural poor can either scrape together what money they have for a private doctor in Kathmandu or die in their homes. Limited access to adequate and affordable health care, poor hospital staff relationships and little-to-no palliative care are […] Read More

Slavery was abolished in the United Kingdom in 1833 and in the U.S. in 1865, yet the number of slaves in the world today ranges from 12 million to 27 million, and a large number of these are in South Asia. Recently, I was able to take a trip to Rupandehi, a district in Nepal. […] Read More

The relief-and-development arm of a worldwide Baptist organization has issued a special appeal for donations for victims of floods in South Asia that displaced an estimated 10 million to 20 million people in northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Baptist World Aid has sent initial grants of $5,000 each to the Bengal Baptist Union and the […] Read More