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Nepal: Urgent prayer needed for teenager Sonu

April 25, 2022

Trigger warning – Sonu’s story isn’t an easy read. You can jump to the prayer points if you don’t feel up to knowing the details (we haven’t been explicit)…

Sonu’s* story is heartbreaking – we’ve just heard about her from our partners in Asia in the last week. She’s a teenage girl from a poor Christian family and lives in the Western part of Nepal. She and her sister are only Christian believers in her family. She explains how she became a Christian.

“We belong to an orthodox Hindu family that hates Christianity. In our village there were rumors that anybody who touches a Bible or reads it will die – hence I never dared to touch the Bible or accept Christ despite hearing the gospel many times from others. However, the thirst to know about the Bible dragged me to the church, and ultimately I accepted Christ as my Saviour.”

Because of her choice to follow Jesus, Sonu has faced regular physical and mental abuse from her stepfather. She’s had to run away many times and spending chilly and hungry nights in the safety of a nearby forest. As the abuse became more common, she realised she had to leave the house for good, and she’s currently sheltering in a local church. But things are difficult – especially when she’s trying to continue her studies. Despite the difficulties she faces, Sonu says, “Everything is in God’s hand and I feel secure in Him. He is faithful to His promises. I will never turn back from my faith.”

Open Doors partners have met with Sonu to encourage and support her.

Pray now…

  • Sonu would like us to pray that she can continue her studies and get a good education, as well as growing spiritually too.
  • For Sonu to find healing from the trauma and abuse she has suffered. Pray she would know God as her good and loving father.
  • For Sonu to find a new loving family in a supportive and caring local church.
  • For those who have hurt Sonu to seek forgiveness and face up to the consequences of their actions
  • For Sonu’s brave faith in Jesus to bring many others to know Jesus

Four things you can do now:

1. Learn more and pray: Get our free glow-in-the-dark World Watch List Map and find out more about the places where faith costs the most. Get your map here…
2. Pray regularly: Every Monday night at 7pm we’ll be praying one prayer for one minute for the one in seven Christians around the world who face persecution. Set an alarm and tune in…
3. Choose to Lose: Raise money by getting sponsored to lose something you love for a short time. Sign up and we’ll send you a fundraising pack…
4. Send a message of hope: Imagine getting a letter from a Christian on the other side of the world who’d heard about you and was praying for you – encouraging right? Well, you can send encouragement now to young Christians facing persecution. Do that here now…

*Name changed for security reasons



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