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General Background

Population: 30.4m
Land Area: 147,181km sq.
Poverty Ranking: 19*
Main Religions: Main Religions: Hindu 81.3%, Buddhist 9%, Muslim 4.4%, Kirant/Yumaist 3%; Christian 1.4%

*The ‘Poverty Rank’ figure reflects the relative poverty of a country, using the most commonly accepted index: per capital GDP (PPP). Click for further info.

Best known as the home of Mt. Everest and the Himalayas, Nepal is currently the only country outside of Africa where CMS Ireland has Global Partners. As recently as 1950, there were no known Christians, let alone churches, in Nepal. Christian missionaries only started to work there from the late 1940s. Among them were Drs. Trevor and Patricia Strong from Ireland, who initially worked with ‘Regions Beyond’ but many years later, returned to Nepal with CMS. More recently, Mark and Ali Gill served with UMN and then with HDCS from 1985 to 2010.

CMS Ireland engagement with Nepal
Recent META visits: 2008, 2009 (2), 2011
Latest Annual Projects: Fingerprints of Hope (2005); The Beautiful Gate (2012)
Mission Associates: Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman