Morning Star News, August 20, 2020
Municipal officials in Nepal ordered a church to stop construction of a worship hall after about 40 local Hindus objected to it.
Hindus had threatened relatives who became Christians after pastor Manish Bohra began proclaiming Christ in January. When the church began to outgrow its rented room, he obtained an eight-year lease on land from an area resident on which to build a temporary worship structure.
“On July 26, I received a phone call from officials warning us not to construct a church, and that they had received a petition from the local residents opposing Christian activities in the area,” Pastor Bohra told Morning Star News.
Nepalese law does not provide for registration of religious organizations with the exception of Buddhist monasteries.
The church in Galkot began with just two families in January and within a few weeks grew to 45 members.
“Many from Hindu families had come to Christ from poverty-stricken and emotionally drained families. As a church, we had encouraged them to put belief in Christ, and soon we saw the Lord working in their lives.”