On February 1, 2009, despite a deepening global recession, Words of Hope launched a new radio outreach to the Himalayan nation of Nepal. “Journey of the Cross” is an indigenously produced 30-minute broadcast in the Nepali language. The programs air twice each week via a network of FM stations based in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu.
Bordered by India to its south and Tibet to its north, Nepal stretches 500 kilometers east to west and contains eight of the world’s ten highest mountains. With its rugged terrain and geographical isolation, Nepal was never controlled by colonial powers. Official corruption and subsistence poverty were factors in provoking a violent Maoist insurgency from 1996 until 2008. With the emergence last August of a Maoist-led coalition government, peace and stability have finally taken hold as democracy displaced Nepal’s corrupt monarchy.
Christianity was officially prohibited until 1960. By 1990, Nepalese believers gained limited religious freedoms. Since then, the church in Nepal has ranked among the fastest-growing in the world. The number of believers has rapidly grown from 29 in 1959 to an estimated 500,000 today (out of a population of 27 million). Words of Hope’s newly launched Nepali broadcasts seek to strengthen young congregations through discipleship, leadership development, and evangelistic outreach. Please pray for these continued efforts!