Nepal parliament recently passed a law that criminalizes religious conversions and evangelism, and now the faithful there are calling for amendments that will protect Christians who want to spread the Good News of the Gospel, reports The Christian Post. The recently passed law, adds The Christian Post, could further escalate Christian persecution.

The Tide® global radio ministry broadcasts Gospel programming in Nepal, as well as in six other nations on three continents. As a result, many believers in Nepal have found new strength in Christ. But with the recent ban, how can Christians in Nepal remain strong in their faith?

“We continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing uncertainty and fear in nations where persecution is common, and simply talking about Jesus Christ or carrying a Bible could be not only illegal but dangerous,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “We pray that the Christians living in Nepal, and those who have a newfound faith in Christ after listening to The Tide Gospel radio programming, will be able to openly place their trust in the Savior.”

The Christian Post also reported that Clause 160 in Section 9 of the bill, which restricts religious conversion, could be invoked against a wide range of legitimate expressions of religion or belief, including the charitable activities of religious groups, or merely speaking about one’s faith, which could be portrayed as attempts to convert others. Those found guilty, including foreign visitors, could face up to five years in prison for seeking to convert another person.