Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Nepal Visitors Honoured

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Nepal Visitors Honoured

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PASTOR Raju Sundas and his wife Samita were guests of honour at a pot-luck dinner last Thursday at the Tin Can Bay Community Church Hall.

Over the last 10 years Rainbow Beach locals Don and Helen Hill have supported Raju, his wife and family with their Christian work in Nepal.

Helen and Don played host to these very special visitors from Kathmandu for three days.

In Australia for only a few weeks, people from Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach churches came together to hear Pastor Raju speak on the wonderful things happening within the Christian Church in Nepal.

After spending a few days in Rainbow Beach, he was heading off to speak in Brisbane.

Although Christianity has only existed in Nepal for 50 years, the Christian Church in Nepal has grown steadily and is now almost two per cent of the population, which is 86 per cent Hindu.

Pastor Raju is personally responsible for having grown the Christian faith from two churches 10 years ago to 25 churches today. Press reports indicate that 170 Christian Churches operate in Kathmandu and Christians number about 400,000.

Pastor Raju is very proud of the fact that he has been instrumental in having Christmas Day passed as a national holiday, the first time a Christian event has been recognised in Nepal in 250 years. Relying heavily on Christian donations from Australia, Pastor Raju operates two orphanages that house about 44 children aged from four to 12 years, and feeds about 300 street children a week with more than 1000 at Christmas time.

Kathmandu is one of the world's poorest nations, with 42 per cent of the population living below the poverty line.

It is situated 4400 feet above sea level and is the hub of Nepal's traditional culture, a well-known place of peace, rest and relaxation.

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