A shouting Hindu man threw mud in Elder Purna's face.
A shouting Hindu man threw mud in Elder Purna's face.
Oct. 13, 2022 | Nepal

Elder Assaulted, Church Displaced Due to Hindu Opposition

[203] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Purna Maharjan.

A local church met on their leased property recently when an angry Hindu man interrupted, ordering the congregation to stop their Christian activities. He then dragged one of the elders out and hit him in the face with a fistful of mud. The elder, Purna Maharjan, informed the landowner of the incident, but the Hindu man pressured the landowner not to let the Christians use his land. After government officials became involved, the Hindu man demanded that the Christians should come silently, pray and then leave. He told them, “We don't want to hear them singing and praying. If we hear them singing, anything can happen, and we are not responsible.” Some believers are scared to come to church now. Elder Purna and the congregation’s pastor have decided to move the church from that location and are now searching for land.

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  • Father, thank You that no serious harm has come to this church. Please grant wisdom to the church leaders in handling the fear of the congregation. You told us to fear not, that You were sovereign and would build Your church. Please soften the hearts of their enemies to realize that Christ Jesus loves them and died for their sin. Help the church now
    Gail M - USA
  • Father God, please be with this local church in Nepal. Be with Purna Maharjan & other church leaders as they seek to find somewhere else to hold services. Also be with those believers who are scared to come to church. Please bring dreams & visions of you to the Hindu man causing these problems & to the government officials involved. In Jesus' name.Ame
    Linda R - Australia
  • Lord,
    Thank You for ELder Purna Maharjan and his congregation. I pray that You would give them the courage and boldness to meet together despite opposition and provide them with everything they need. May You be glorified through their struggles and may this Hindu persecutor be convicted of his sin and repent, turning to put his trust in Jesus.
    Lysander S - USA
  • God, you do not give us fear. May you build your people in faith and every good thing as they continue on for you. Bless them with peace and boldness and prepare them to endure. May they have open eyes to your plan, your will, your purpose and may many be save, including those against them. Bless I pray in your name, amen.
    kathy C - USA
  • Father, we see how the ungodly can only do evil in their demented thinking, not knowing those prayers and hymns might lead them to JESUS. May they repent of their foolishness. I ask that you lead Pastor Purna and the believers in their next step and every day after. Please protect them and comfort their hearts in Christ our Lord.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Father, give the believers such a strong faith in You that they overcome all other fears. Please protect them from the enemy and give them wisdom as they move forward after this incident. Thank you. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father, we ask for discernment and wisdom for Elder Purna and the pastor as they navigate the stormy waters of persecution and displacement. Give them boldness to stand their ground and obey You rather than man, but also give them spiritual insight to know when it is best to pursue other godly directions. Bless these men for their commitment to Jesus.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father, Your Word and Your Praise angers the devil. We fight not against flesh and blood. I pray for these who oppose this church; Lord, deal with their hearts. I pray for this congregation help them to know when to stay and when to leave. Rebuke the spirit of fear. Move on their behalf and guide them. Show them where they are to worship. move Father
    polly c - USA
  • In the kingship of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Elohim, Jehovah Jireh, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Maharjan and church that they know You are on Your throne. We ask for provision, for hedge of protection, and angels directly from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Almighty God, for these dear children, grant grace to be strong amidst the opposition. May their faith be increased as they observe how you will lead them. Enlighten those who oppose them and by the love of your children may they see Jesus and turn to Him. Grant Godly wisdom in their worship decisions. Peace be with them. O God be exalted! Pat US
    Patricia S - USA
  • Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness. We ask for abundant spiritual blessings for Elder Purna and a freedom from fear for the congregation. May they recognize that you are their source of protection and confidence. Please provide them with the right place to worship you, and may they grow in faith and trust in your perfect plan.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Father God, grant wisdom to these believers regarding their decision to find another place to gather and worship and draw this man who threw mud in the face of Purna Maharjan and by Your Spirit and their testimony of love and forgiveness draw him to Yourself so that he is radically saved and becomes Your faithful witness in that area, in Jesus' name.
    Forrest B - USA
  • God, I pray You would guide and direct these believers to a new property where they can praise You without fear or intimidation. I pray all those who are afraid will repent of their fear, and embrace the situation with boldness of faith. I pray the Hindu persecutor would repent of his sinful activity, and ultimately come to faith in the Lord.
    Curtis M - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for these precious believers. Please continue to guide them in Your Word. Help them to know what to do about this situation. Please turn this evil for good as only You can do. Help their faith to grow as they struggle through this, and stand amazed .
    In Jesus,
    Amen
    Lis S - USA
  • Lord I pray for land for them to worship and for them to be able to do even more than they can ask, think, or imagine. I pray for the new location to be a blessing and for it to reach so many more people than currently. I pray for their hearts to be encouraged and for unity among them as they choose a new place to meet and worship.
    Joy H - USA
  • In the powerful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Omnipotent God, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Purna Maharjan as he stands firm and rejoices in the Lord. We ask for a hedge of protection, and angels directly from heaven to surround and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father please provide a safe place for this church. Give them courage and hope for the future. May you use them to bring many others to Jesus.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Gracious Father God, please help this congregation find a place where they can enjoy worship and fellowship without harassment or fear. Be with Elder Purna as he recovers from the assault he endured. Let this church and its people become stronger and shine brightly for Jesus. Soften the heart of the Hindu who opposed them. May he also find repentance.
    Jean S - Canada
  • Father, thank you for those committed to shining your light in a beautiful, but so broken, land. Thank you for the courage of this church. Please show them where you would have them meet, where they can best bring your glory to their neighbors. Help their brethren near and far to not forget them, but to stand by them in prayer and in service.
    C C - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that these believers would have wisdom and courage as they seek a place to meet and worship You. May they grow in their faith through this difficult time and be able to show Your love to this man who opposes them. I pray that his eyes would be opened to the truth and that he would come to know You.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Lord we stand with Purna and the church he leads. We bind all principalities & authorities of darkness that contend against them & loose your ministering and warring angels to tend to their needs. We pray your presence empowers,protects, comforts, strengthens, and guides them to the perfect location for them to meet. In the name of Jesus Christ amen
    Rebekah W - USA
  • Please Lord, I pray that You would cause these wicked men to repent and come to You. I pray that your children in Nepal would be blessed, encouraged, and protected in the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Presidium Lord help this Pastor to see You in all things, bless, encourage and prosper him openly and make him brave! In Jesus name I pray Amen! MARANATHA!
    Della H - USA
  • Father, provide for Your people a place to gather and worship You in peace. Also fill their hearts with joy and boldness as they trust in You for all things. May the angry Hindu man be convicted of his bitterness and anger and see his need for healing. Open his eyes so he seeks You and then use this to bring glory to Your Name.
    janie b - USA
  • Dear Lord, You know the persecution which is currently happening in Nepal. Please help Your church to be able to find land and be able to pray, praise and worship You together. Help the government see that the Christians are not harming anyone, on the contrary, they are only trying to help others.Help these Christians to reach out to others in love.
    Donna H - USA
  • Holy Father, I pray for this congregation as they withstand attacks from Satan. Lord, in this conflict may they seek You. I pray for them that they would seek You thru this trial. May they find a place they can meet in peace and to worship You. Lord, convict the man. Help him see Jesus. I pray this thru His name. Amen.
    joey S - USA
  • O Lord provide the land so praises can once again be sung to You. Open ears that stubbornly cannot hear the truth and protect those who are wanting to praise Your name. Keep them strengthened in their faith. Stop the ears from hearing who seek only to destroy Your children. May this Hindu man be saved through Jesus amen.
    Peggy A - USA
  • Lord as brother Purna and his congregation encounter this angry man give them grace. And for this man may he be awakened to his lostness and find Jesus. Provide courage and a place to meet. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Father God, I pray that these believer's would continue to worship you and to never be afraid of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray that many more ears will hear the joyful singing and respond by asking how they may share in the joy of the Lord. Please provide this church what it needs and be exalted in their midst. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Father, I pray that the church in Nepal are able to find land on which to worship! I pray for restlessness in the heart of the ones who persecute them. May they experience softened and repentant hearts, asking for forgiveness. I pray that they, too see You working in the lives of the Christians in Nepal and want to learn more about You. IJN, Amen
    Connie A - USA
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