Concerns of the Nepali Church

Hello everyone from Kathmandu!

    I wanted to share with you a deep concern within the Nepali church at large. They are campaigning for their right to bury their dead. As you probably know, Hinduism teaches that the body must be cremated in order for the soul to be reincarnated, that is into another body. Very few people own enough land in order to bury on their own property. There is some land behind one of the largest & oldest temples (we’ve been to) that the Christians have been using, ironically. Of late there has been an outcry among the Hindu community to stop this practice. What can the people do? They are not allowed to have a Christian service or prayer at the cremation site. Many of you have seen the pictures we have of that place that is outdoors by the river. They don’t want to have anything to do with their former practices & they are very grieved when one of their loved ones has to be subjected to this in the end. There is comfort in knowing that in the final analysis, God knows all things. That precious believer is already with the Lord, as Paul says, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” One day He will raise those ashes & fashion a new body, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Please pray for the believers to take comfort in God’s word. Also pray that this issue will be resolved, and that these believers will be able to glorify God , even in burial.

God bless you all,

Liz

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