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Oct 18

Important Update from Jan L. Beaderstadt, Nepal and Bangledesh

Over 50 Indian pastors from Chennai came to attend the first of the Indian leadership training seminars being held by Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt. The focus of the seminars was on Qualities of Leadership.

Over 50 Indian pastors from Chennai came to
attend the first of the Indian leadership
training seminars being held by Rev. Jan L.
Beaderstadt. The focus of the seminars was
on Qualities of Leadership.

Indian Mission trip

now underway

Traveling to the giant neighbor

south of Nepal has been in the works

for a long time. But it took an

unexpected turn of events to make it

finally a reality.

Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt’s Nepal

visa was expiring and due to the big

Hindu holidays of Daishan and Tihar,

the government officers are closed for most of October. Since he had to leave

Nepal while waiting for new visa, it

was time to take advantage of his

Indian visa which he has rarely used.

Pastor Jan left Oct. 11 for Chennai,

India. This is the fourth largest city in

the country, and is the largest city

situated on the Bay of Bengal. The city

is the capital of the state of Tamil

Nadu and has the population of 4.3

million.

Pastor Jan is spending just over two

weeks in the city before moving north

to additional teaching locations in

India. He is working with Rev.

Dicrosse of Bethel Harvest Ministries.

Besides preaching to the local church,

he is conducting two pastor seminars

on leadership. The first one was held

Oct. 18 with over 50 pastors in

attendance. The second one is

scheduled for the village areas on Oct.

22.

Chennai is the traditional site of

the martyrdom of St. Thomas the

Apostle (a/k/a Doubting Thomas).

This disciple traveled from Jerusalem

to India where he taught the Gospel.

A number of churches in Chennai

claim to be founded by the Apostle,

making these churches some of the

oldest in the world.

 

 

 

Nepal persecution of

Christians not uniform

The persecution of Christians

continues in places across Nepal, but

it appears to not be uniform. In some

locations, local police harass Christian

Bible Schools and children’s homes,

while other locations, there seems to

be no problem.

The effect has had an opposite

effect of which those enforcing such

laws anticipated. Rather than

stopping evangelism, it appears to be

increasing. While street witnessing

may not be as common, there is more

efforts underway to do house

fellowship where people are invited

to learn of the Gospel.

Churches now require all being

baptized to sign legal papers stating

that they are being baptized

voluntarily. Officials don’t seem as

concerned about people making

commitments to Christ as they are

making fuss over baptism. Again,

such harassment is only happening in

certain parts of the country.

Nepal churches tend to be

independent and not part of any

denomination or association. The

harassment of ministries and churches

has forced many of these pastors to

start to work together as they make

their concerns known.

Officially, the government of Nepal

still claims that Christianity is less

than 1% of the country. However, the

church is closer to 18%, with churches

everywhere.

 

 

 

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