Singers Putting Christ in Christmas in Nepal

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A singer from India is organizing concerts to introduce un-churched youth to the meaning of Christmas.

This year, Bonny Andrews and his team of music artists are performing in Delhi, India; Berlin, Germany and for the first time in Katmandu located in the Hindu nation of Nepal.

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This December believers decided to go public with the Christmas message -- even though the holiday is new to Nepal.

"Christmas?," one passerby asked. "I don't really know, but I've heard of it."

"It's the New Year," said another. "I know only a little about it."

"I don't know," one man explained. "I don't know. What is Christmas?"

If the Nepalese know anything about Christmas, they usually think of it as just another festival.

But Andrews is determined to let Nepal know that Christmas has everything to do with Jesus. His strategy: organize a public concert with popular singers.

"The target audience we're looking for this show is basically people that will never come in for a church service," Andrews said.

"Never walk in for a prayer meeting. Never walk in to anything that is spiritual, but would love to come for a concert. And we want to get them into a concert. Get them into the groove of the music. And also share the love of Jesus," he continued.

Event Draws Thousands, Broadcast on National TV

The first-time event, called Gloria Dei, drew thousands to a large park in downtown Katmandu. It marked another first as well.

" first time in the history of Nepal Christmas is considered as a national holiday," said Pastor Vijay Karmacharya.

"For that very reason we Christians in the valley like to come together and celebrate that occasion," he said.

Nepalese television broadcast the concert live throughout the country. Viewers heard not just music, but personal testimonies of what Jesus means to these Christian artists.

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