This week, a court in Nepal sentenced Pastor Keshab Raj Acharya to two years in prison and a fine of 20 000 rupees (R4 000 or $165) just for saying that pray can heal COVID-19. He was sentenced under the country's anti-conversion law.
Pastor Acharya was arrested for the first time in March 2020 on charges of spreading false information about the coronavirus. He was only released in July 2020 and had to pay a large amount for bail. Since then, authorities have been keeping a close watch on him.
William Stark, ICC’s regional manager for South Asia, said: “For more than a year, authorities in the Dolpa District have seemed bent on convicting Pastor Acharya of something and punishing him for simply being a Christian pastor."
Pray for Pastor Acharya's release from prison.
Pray for him and his family in this difficult time and that the Lord would bring them comfort and peace.
Pray for the laws in Nepal to be softened against Christians.
Source: The Christian Post, ICC, Morning Star News.