The Christian organization Global Advance has trained 256 church planters to preach the gospel and establish at least 75 churches in the largely non-Christian nation of Nepal over the next three years.
The organization is responsible for the missions initiative.
The missionaries will continue with their evangelism despite Nepal’s adoption last year of an anti-conversion clause to their constitution.
The clause states that “any act to convert another person from one religion to another or any act or behaviour to undermine or jeopardize the religion of another” is illegal.
David Shibley of Global Advance said that instead of hindering the spread of the gospel, the restrictions offer a “unique opportunity for the growth of the gospel.”
“So we are excited … and now we are going to begin to roll out that plan of the actual implementing and planting of these churches,” he continued.
Nepal is a strategic country for evangelism, situated between India and China. The majority of its people are Hindus (80 percent), while 13 percent are Muslims, and only 1.4 percent are Christians.
Along with the church planters, Global Advance also plans to send out women trained as prayer warriors.
“We’re very grateful for a wonderful team of women who went as trainers from the United States and shared with these precious Nepali sisters in Christ,” Shibley said.