In rural villages along the foothills of the Himalayas live the Gurung people. The Gurung likely migrated to Nepal from Tibet 2000 years ago. Today the Gurung number 502,000, and they practice a mixture of Buddhism, Hinduism, and shamanism. Their shamanistic beliefs stem from a pre-Buddhist religion. The separation of Buddhist Gurung and Hindu Gurung is topographical. The Buddhists are to the north in the mountains and the Hindus are to the south in the valleys.Engagement // What’s Happening Now
The Gurung, like most Nepalese, are largely illiterate. Their history has been passed down orally through story due to a lack of a written script. Overseas workers have found that the tribes in Nepal are more receptive to storytelling. One young couple traveled to the foothills of the Himalayas, telling stories village to village. They noted, “People in this culture are aural learners,” so they utilized the art of storytelling to lead a church planting effort in Nepal.Entrepreneurs
The Assemblies of God of Nepal saw the increasing need for biblical training in Nepal, so they set up a three-month Discipleship Training Center. As church numbers increased, the need for training grew even more, so they offered a one-year certificate of theology. By 2010, a three-year accredited bachelor of theology degree was offered.
Nepal Theological College continues to equip men and women to go forth and spread the gospel throughout Nepal. These ministers travel to remote villages and plant churches in among people such as the Gurung.Partnership // Move Beyond
Here is how you can partner with us in prayer:
- Pray that believers will answer the call to go and minister to the Gurung.
- Pray that the ministers who are graduating from Nepal Theological College will be guided by the Spirit to share the gospel with the Gurung.
- Pray that the hearts of the Gurung will be receptive to the gospel.