Kosh Dahal was not only a Hindu priest living in Kathmandu, Nepal, he was also was part of the privileged high caste.
There are four official castes or classes in the Hindu religion — Brahmins, Kshatriyas,Vaishyas and Shudras.
There is a fifth group, not included, which is the lowest of the low — the Dalits often called the untouchables.
As a Brahmins, Dahal lived a life of privilege as a veterinarian living in Kathmandu. So when a Christian evangelist approached Dahal with the Gospel, he was not interested because he perceived Christianity as a lower caste religion.
Christianity has made major inroads among Indians particularly the Dalits.
In his testimony reported on God Reports, Dahal initially put the Christian off, but the man kept coming back. He was taking a great risk doing so because it is illegal to proselytize in Nepal.
Finally, in frustration Dahal threw out a challenge stating he would pray 20 minutes to this Jesus each day, ten minutes in the morning and again in the evening, asking this Christian God to touch him.
If after 30 days, this Jesus had not answered Dahal’s prayer, he would turn the evangelist into Nepalese authorities for illegally preaching the Gospel.
Dahal, who shared his testimony on YouTube, said the Christian man seemed to look forward to the challenge.
Dahal prayed like he promised for over three weeks and nothing unusual took place. But in the fourth week, Dahal said an extraordinary thing happened. It was something he had never experienced in his decades working as a Hindu priest.
God’s power showed up.
“The power like a current of electricity came into me and began to run very fast. I was shocked. I was closing my eyes and opening my eyes, and I was very afraid. I kept saying, ‘Who is this? What’s happening to me? What’s inside of me running very fast?'”
It was then Dahal realized he had encountered Christ, the living God. When the evangelist showed up the next day, Dahal fulfilled his part of the agreement and became a Christian.
Since his conversion, Dahal and his wife who also accepted Christ made some radical changes in their lives. They sold their business in Nepal and attended Christian seminary in the Philippines and have since started five churches.
The decision to become a Christian in this region of the world is not an easy decision. Hindu and Muslim extremists severely persecute Christians.
One Christian organization is reporting that at least eight people were killed in neighboring India last year for their faith including seven pastors. Thousands of others have been arrested or assaulted for their faith.
After service on Easter Day, Christians in nearby Lahore, Pakistan routinely take their children to a local amusement park as part of the day-long celebration. This year a Muslim extremist planted a bomb at the amusement park killing 71, most of the Christians and many of them children.
So it’s a serious decision to accept Christ. They need to know God is real for them to convert, especially for a man on top of his world, like Dahal.
I remember when the guards came to arrest Christ in the garden, Jesus asked them who they were seeking:
5 They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He *said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. 6 So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. (John 18:5-6 NASV)
The Bible says the guards fell to the ground. It was a demonstration of God’s power to those who didn’t believe.
The Holy Spirit wants to move.
When is the last time you asked for a release of the Holy Spirit’s power in your life and in the lives of those around you who aren’t Christians?