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Nepal Military Christian Fellowship

(NMCF)

Nepal Military Christian Fellowship (NMCF)

 

Background of Nepal

 

Nepal is one of the south Asian countries officially declared as a federal democratic re
public
of Nepal
on 28th May 2008. Nepal is sandwiched between two massive countr

ies India and China. Three sides; namely east, west and south is locked by India and th

e northern part is bordered by China.

 

Mountains and rugged hills cover nearly 75 percent of Nepal’s land area. The landscape consists of three physiographic regions that run laterally across the country. In the south, the plains of the Tarai Region approximately covers 23 percent of Nepal’s total area and is densely populated and also is the source of the most agricultural products. To the north, Hill Region covers 42 percent of the land and consists of mountains, flat lands, hills, and valleys with elevations ranging from 600 to 3000 meters. Farther north the Himalyan region covers nearly 35 percent of the total area and contains 200 peaks more than 6000 meters in elevation and 13 peaks more than 8000 meters high, including Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest), the world’s highest mountain (8850 meters.).

 

Late Prithivi Narayan Shah who took the daunting step of reuniting the small kingdoms into one envisioned modern Nepal. After the rigorous work and brave fight of the Ghurkhas, Nepal was reunited to declare a kingdom 21st December 1768. Nepal’s recent history has involved struggles for democratic government with periodic rule by Monarchy. From 1996 to 2006 Nepal was sinking in the spiral of civil war and acute unrest because of the ferocious fighting of Maoist Guerrillas against the government .Now the same Maoist Guerrillas stand as one of the biggest political party namely Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) after winning most of the seats in the very first election of constitution assembly.

 

Nepal’s recent history has involved struggles for democratic government with periodic rule by Monarchy. From 1996 to 2006 Nepal was sinking in the spiral of civil war and acute unrest because of the ferocious fighting of Maoist Guerrillas against the government .Now the same Maoist Guerrillas stand as one of the biggest political party namely Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) after winning most of the seats in the very first election of constitution assembly.

It is estimated that the population of Nepal has grown from 22,736,934 to 29,519,114 from the year 2001 to the year 2008.Population density of Nepal has been recorded as 184 per kilometre square. Nepal ranks 93rd in size when compared with other countries of the world and has an area of 147,181 kilometre square.

Nepal is a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic and multi religious country. For a relatively small country, Nepal has a diverse landscape, ranging from the humid Tarai plains in the south to the mountainous Himalays in the north, which makes it a major tourist destination. Hinduism is practiced by a huge majority of the people, but the country also has a strong Buddhist tradition. Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, is located in the Tarai, one of the three regions of Nepal. Prior to 2006 Nepal was the only a kingdom with Hinduism as its officially declared religion and now it has been declared as a secular state and people can follow religion of their own choice.

The capital Kathmandu is the largest city in the country. The official language is Nepali and the state currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). Nepal’s flag is the only national flag in the world that is non-quadrilateral in shape. The official version of the flag states the two ruling families in Nepal, the Shahs and the Ranas. The upper crescent sun signifies the Shah ruling faction and the below Sun signifies the Rana family. However, over the years the flag signifies the importance of Nepal as a Hindu country and Nepal will continue to exists as long as the sun and the moon.

Nepalese culture is diverse, reflecting different ethnic origins of the people. The Newar community (originally from Kathmandu Valley) is particularly rich in cultural diversity; they celebrate many festivals, well known for their music and dance.

A typical Nepalese meal is dal-bhat-tarkari. Dal is a spicy lentil soup, served over bhat (boiled rice), served with tarkari (curried vegetables) together with achar (pickles) or chutni (spicy condiment made from fresh ingredients).  Mustard oil is the cooking medium and a host of spices, such as cumin, coriander, black peppers, sesame seeds, turmeric, garlic, ginger, methi (fenugreek), bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, chillies, mustard seeds etc., are used in the cooking. The cuisine served on festivals is generally the best.

According to the church history of Nepal, gospel entered the nation nearly six decades ago. Christians still remain as a minority in the nation. The Good News has been spreading after the fall of the monarchy and establishment of democracy from the time of Late King Birendra. There is still need of proper breakthrough of the gospel among many higher classes of Nepali community.

There are Christians of various denominations and the beauty of the Nepali church community is that despite the denominational difference they work together united in various common activities. Most of the churches are charismatic. The gospel is intended to spread as the time of the ACTS.

 

Security Force in Nepal

Security force in Nepal has been classified into two groups namely, Police and Military. Maoist who at the moment leading the government after the peace truce have there own group of people used for security purpose known as People’s Liberation Army (PLA). They are at the moment living in cantonment and their future remains undecided.

Police for the sake of maintaining peace and stability in the nation was further classified as Armed Police Force and Nepal Police ( Janapad). This classification was done when the country was dipped in conflict with Maoist.

It is estimated at the moment that there are 1,84,000 in service security personnel in Nepal. Amongst them 93,000 are in the Nepal Army, 35,000 in Nepal Armed Police Force and 56,000 in the Nepal Police.

Present Political Scenario

As mentioned elsewhere communist party (Maoist) are leading the government in coalition with other parties. Despite these country is facing severe challenges in many areas. There are many other factionalists in the region of Tarai (flat region) and are involved in kidnapping and killing innocent people. This government was formed to form a new constitution to lead the nation and include people of various ethnic groups in the mainstream of the society but the reason is still at stake. The People’s Liberation Army (belonging to Maoist) were supposed to integrate either in the Nepal Army or in any other system but this has been not sorted out as well.Feeling of ethnicity has over increased and leading the nation towards more instability then before. Moreover we are facing one of the severest in decade’s acute shortage of power. The Load shedding has halted many industrial and communicating activities and we have power cut of 16 hours a day.

 

 

Introduction of NMCF

 

Nepal Military Christian Fellowship was established in 18th November 08 in the initiative of obedient in service, retired Christian military and police persons with the vision and mission to bring the gospel of Lord Jesus Christ and extend his kingdom in various ways among the military and police of Nepal. The founder of NMCF is Late Mr M.S. Rana former elder of Nepal Isai Mandali was also retired army of Elizabeth Gurkha Rifles.This fellowship works with military and police personnel of various denominations and has military and police members who have worked and have been working for Nepal, India, UK and Singapore and elsewhere. The present office of NMCF is located at Dhobighat of Lalitpur district.Involvement of a Korean Couple Mr and Mrs Minchul Lee as representative of MSO in the establishment of NMCF has been beyond praise.

At the moment the fellowship is combined and includes police and military.

 

Objective

 

Nepal Military Christian Fellowship will enable Christians from military and police background to live practical and effective life in the present complicated social context. The following are the objectives of NMCF.

 

Ø  To raise continuous prayer support for Police and Military persons of Nepal and the world

 

Ø  To empower military and police person of Nepal to be witness to their fellow friends and win souls hence extending Jesus Christ The Lords’ kingdom

 

Ø  To organise programs, conferences, retreats at various levels in partnership with various national and international Christian military organisations.

 

Ø  To form a liaison among Nepalese, Indian, British- Gurkha, Singaporean military and police soldiers of Nepalese origin

 

Ø  To educate, train and disciple military and police to live an ethical life beyond reproach.

 

Ø  To provide spiritual, moral, and psychological support to military and police and their family members through its various programs and activities

 

Ø  To involve NMCF in various interdenominational Christian programs and continuously work alongside the local church

 

Ø  To help, counsel each individual military and police to remain faithful to the local body of Christ and continue to be the member of the same

 

Activities

 

We organise prayer every Friday from 7:00 am to 8:00 am at NMCF office in Dhobighat.

We organise fellowship for military and police on last Saturday’s of Nepalese calendar from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm and this service takes place after the regular church service. The same schedule is followed in the regions outside of Kathmandu.

 

The regular meeting among the military and police is organised at various times and various levels to preach the gospel of Christ and to be witness for his sake.

 

Achievements

 

Ø  Camouflaged New Testament with Proverbs and Psalms has been printed out in coordination with Nepal Bible Society, Accts MMI and SASRA. 1000 copies of these New Testament has been already sent to UK to distribute among the Gurkha Soldiers.

 

Ø  Two days’ retreat program was organised in Chitwan in Feb 08 for the military couples through the initiative Mr and Mrs Lee from Korea.

 

Ø  Two days’ National conference took place on 18th and 19th of November 2008, Gen. (  Retd.)Srilal and Mrs Srilal , Admiral ( Retd.) Kang Duk Dong and Col( Retd.) Jos McCabe were the main speakers in the conference. Nearly 150 people attended the conference coming from various parts of Nepal.

 

Ø  Meetings and Conferences have taken place at various places and levels and many national and international Christian friends have participated in these programs.

Strength of MCF:

 

Ø  MCF includes Nepal Army, British Gurkha Soldiers, Nepal Police and Singaporean Police

Ø  Armies and Polices are from various denominations and work together

 

Weakness of MCF:

 

Ø  No regular financial support to continue the official activities of NMCF

Ø  We meet once a month for fellowship

 

 

 

 

Opportunities:

 

Ø  Nepal has been declared secular state and now 25th December as public leave and we hope that many others in the military can attend Christian programs

Ø  People are spiritual in Nepal and like to hear the gospel

 

Threats/Risks:

 

Ø  Army are posted in different division head quarters and miss regular fellowships

Ø  At the moment there are no security officers living as Christians and because of these lower ranked armies have difficulty in attending Christian activities

Ø  Underdeveloped roads have hampered the visit and extension of the activities of NMCF.

Ø  Political situation unstable and unpredictable

 

Conferences/Seminars /retreats held with Theme and brief report:

 

Ø  Many informal meetings has taken place after the inception of Nepal Military Christian Fellowship visited twice by Vice President of MCF Gen Srilal, and Accts MMI representatives Mr. Michael Piper, Lt. Christopher West. MSO representatives Mr and Mrs Lee have remained very active to support NMCF from the beginning.

Ø  First retreat took place for the military couples of NMCF in the second week of February 08.The couples had a night stay in lovely National Chitwan Park. It was encouraging to know each other even though the program was short.

Ø  On 18th –19th November 08 first National Conference took place with the theme ‘We are the soldiers of Christ’. Gen. (Retd.)Srilal and Mrs Srilal , Admiral ( Retd.) Kang Duk Dong and Col( Retd.) Jos McCabe were the main speakers in the conference. Nearly 150 people attended the conference coming from various parts of Nepal.

 

Conclusion/Way Ahead/Vision

 

Ø  Establishing house fellowship in each Barrack

Ø  To develop and establish a regular training course for army and police

Ø  To establish at least one military fellowship in each five development regions (Regional MCF) (Three Regional MCF has been formed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     

 


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