By Mark Ellis
Tibetan Buddhist monks in Nepal
The Nepal earthquake in 2015 killed over 8,000 people and was the
worst natural disaster to strike that country since 1934. Hundreds of
thousands were left homeless — with entire villages flattened — which
prompted many Christian organization to respond with humanitarian aid.
A prominent Buddhist monk observed carefully as Christians helped
rebuild his community last year after the massive temblor reduced his
neighborhood to rubble.
“As a powerful Tibetan monk with 1,000 disciples, his word was law,” a
ministry director for Christian Aid Mission reported. “He was watching
us for seven days continually as Christians became salt and light to the
Indigenous missionaries pray with women in Nepal (Photo: Christian Aid Mission)
Between the witness of the Christian workers and a powerful move of
the Holy Spirit on the man’s heart something remarkable happened.
“After watching us for seven days, he said, ‘I’m going to give my life to Jesus.'”
Before the earthquake, the Buddhist leader had never allowed homegrown missionaries to preach in his area.
But he was disheartened when he observed that none of his monastery
colleagues assisted with aid or rebuilding following the earthquake.
“Where are the 330 million gods of Hinduism? Where are the Buddhists?” the monk asked.
The monk placed his faith and trust in Jesus Christ, along with his family and many others, and became the
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leader of a church, according to Christian Aid Mission.
The former Buddhist monk’s two sons were recently baptized, and his
daughter has become a Bible teacher for children in the area.
His former Buddhist colleagues now oppose him, and have made a false
accusation that he was paid to convert. Undaunted, the former monk says
he wants to go to remote areas on Nepal’s border with Tibet to proclaim
Christ,” according to Christian Aid Mission.
“I want to go where no churches are,'” the former monk told Christian
Aid Mission. “We have come across many other people thankful for our
help. Even in hostile areas, many people were touched. When they saw our
love and service, people were amazed – they saw the life of Christ.”
For more about Christian Aid Mission’s work in Nepal, go here