KATHMANDU – Hundreds of Christians ended an annual 40-day prayer campaign on June 12 for a better and brighter future for Nepal.

Closing ceremonies took place at the Jesuit-run St Xavier’s School in Kathmandu.

Amidst lively songs and biblical exhortations, youths and clergy highlighted some of the specific things they had prayed for including women’s rights and an end to drug abuse and child labour, as well as protection for Christians.

Chief coordinator Pastor Bhab Ghale said the event was a success and that all funds raised through it came from local donations. These include a motorbike rally, a river rafting prayer event and mountain top prayer vigils.

Pastor Bishnu Khanal, who led a 10-day motorcycle rally from May 15, involving dozens of bikes, said participants covered 37 towns in 28 of Nepal’s 75 districts.

The prayer campaign, which began on May 4, comes as Nepal struggles to write a new constitution. In the midst of the project, parliament’s term was extended for another three months to try and end the impasse.

Pastor Khanal urged people to pray against efforts by various groups trying to introduce laws such as banning conversions from one religion to another.

“This 40-day prayer campaign may have ended today but we call upon you to gather in churches and keep praying until we have a new constitution spelling out our rights fairly,” he said.  -UCANEWS.COM

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