Nepal filled with festivals and religious ceremonies. Majorities of people follow Hindu religion. It is hard for believers in their families if they are the only Christian. Many are often forced to celebrate the Hindu holidays and make the sacrifice in the temples.
We do not celebrate those festivals; instead, we try to encourage believers to come to the church, and we gather there during the main Hindu holidays. Today we had a women’s fellowship and prayed for our nation. Women and girls who felt alone and who wanted to spend time with the church family could join the fellowship.
Anne Lise did an awesome job of encouraging women. She spoke about how God sees women valuable in His eyes as we see our children. It was vital to share that message because Hinduism treats women as men’s property, very much like the Jews used to treat women in the Old Testament.
The observance of Hartalika Teej is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated for the well-being of spouse and children and purification of one’s body and soul. The festival is a three-day-long celebration that combines feasts as well as rigid fasting. Teej usually takes place in the first week of September and lasts for three days.
After the fellowship, all the women have a meal together at the roof of the church. It was so warm, and the sun was intense. There was no roof. It was not easy. Pray for Nepali women that the Lord will deliver them and that they will be allowed to live in dignity and respect.