The Democratic Republic of Nepal is located in the Himalayas of South Asia; it is landlocked by India and the Chinese region of Tibet. The mountains of northern Nepal are home to eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world, including the highest, Mount Everest. The capital and largest city of Nepal is Kathmandu, having a population of over 2.6 million people. Historically a monarchy, Nepal was ruled by the Shah dynasty of kings from 1768-2008. The civil war of 1996-2006, between Maoist fighters and the existing government, ultimately led to the end of the monarchy and the establishment of a secular democratic republic. Nepal is relatively low on the U.N. human development index, with their economic growth continuing to be stunted by political uncertainty.
The first church in Nepal was not formed until 1952. From then on, the number of Christians experienced much growth, reaching 200,000 people in 1990. Together with this increase, however, came much persecution. Yet even in spite of this continued persecution, there are now over 850,000 professing believers in Nepal, and there is a church presence in every one of its 75 districts. Although some of these statistics are encouraging, the need for prayer for Nepal is undeniable. Hinduism and Buddhism still remain the dominant religions of the Nepalese by far (75 percent and 16 percent respectively). Evangelicals comprise only 3 percent of the population, and the country has the fifth-highest number of unreached people groups in the world (332)