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Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

There are a lot of challenges, obstacles, persecutions, discouragements, and even hatred during this global pandemic and lockdown; but through faith and my relationship with God, I am able to overcome. I praise the Lord for strengthening me and empowering me during these difficult times.

I, along with four members of our fellowship, was beaten by law enforcement due to the lockdown. We had gathered together for prayer and were returning back to our homes when law enforcement chased several of our believers back to the church where we were beaten and had our picture taken holding a Bible for the local newspaper. We respect our law enforcement and their duties. However, their actions during this time are discouraging and not commendable.

Because of God’s wonderful grace we are okay. We continue to worship in our own home. From time to time, I am able to visit our members and encourage and pray with them.

I thank God for giving me the opportunity to serve our people. I was able to serve one member in the Baluwahi’ Morang district and another in Kajiman Chowk, which is on the Indian border side.

Our SEAL team was able to visit our fellowship near the Indian border after a long period of not being able to gather together due to the pandemic. It was a great time together in fellowship and prayer.  We encouraged one another and observed the Lord’s Supper.

Most of the people in the village build their houses with mud.  Due to heavy rainfall and flooding, one of our member’s houses, where we would normally gather to have fellowship, was damaged by the flood.  However, we praise God that He is in control, and we pray and trust that He will provide for the needs of the family and their home.

Please continue to pray for our church.

In Christ’s service,

Pastor Rajkumar Raj Banshi

Morang District, Nepal