Research indicates that the average American Christian owns nine Bibles and is actively in the market for more. If that statistic troubles you, you’re in good company. We receive more than 400 letters a month from pastors and Christian workers in developing countries whose churches own no Bibles or Christian books.
Every day, more than 122,000 people become Christians, and most of those people are in Africa, Asia, and South America. They’re attending churches where even the pastors have no Bibles. As believers it is our responsibility to help those in need and you can do that by partnering with CRI to share the Word of God.
But the need in Nepal is great. About half of the population lives below the international poverty line, surviving on less than $1.25 (US) per day.
Most importantly, though, Hindus comprise 80% of the population and is even home to Pashupatinath Temple where Hindus from all over the world go for pilgrimage. Christianity is claimed by less than 2% of Nepal’s population.
But while some may see that as a tragedy, we see that as an opportunity! That’s why we’ve partnered with Rueben Rai, a missionary on the ground in Kathmandu, Nepal who is obeying God’s call to make disciples and be a witness for Jesus Christ. Self-described as “a little servant of a very big God,” Rueben is helping the people of Nepal through several different ministries including a Bible school, Bible distribution, and clothing the poor to mention a few.
In September of 2009, Reuben organized a retreat for former Bible school students where they focused on the impact the Bible school had on them, reports from their various ministries, and how they could partner together to make an impact for the Kingdom of God in Nepal.
As a result of that retreat, several attendees were so enthusiastic and encouraged that they went out and began serving the Lord through the preaching of the Gospel, starting prayer meetings, and leading discipleship classes for new Christians. Reuben Rai and his ministry partners place a high priority on mentoring and teaching new Christians, “We live to make disciples out of new converts.” Rueben’s passion for the Lord and his commitment to making disciples is obvious, but as is the case with many countries, Christian resources can sometimes be in high demand with little access to these types of tools.