Welcome to the blog Orthodox Nepal. The purpose of this blog is to keep you informed of the progress in establishing the Orthodox Church in this former Hindu Kingdom. Presently the only Orthodox Christians to be found in Nepal are a few Russians serving at the Russian Embassy. In 2006 and 2007, through the initiative of the monks of Vatopaidi monastery on Mt. Athos, I was able to make short term mission trips to Nepal, initially to meet a former Hindu Priest and his family who desired to become Orthodox Christians. In 2012 I resigned from my position as Rector of St. Silouan Orthodox Church in Walla Walla, WA, and Chairman of the Holy Synod’s Dept. of Mission Work and spent 6 months at St. Anthony’s monastery in Arizona. Then in June 2013, our Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, appointed me to be a full time missionary to Nepal.
On August 14, I leave for Kathmandu in order to begin language studies and to build relations with the local Nepali people. I invite you to follow this mission work through the pages of this blog and I especially ask for your prayers for God’s blessing on this work. I am very mindful of the fact that unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it (Ps. 126:1, LXX). Don’t hesitate to leave comments. While living abroad, it’s encouraging to be in touch with fellow Christians “back home.” Your financial support is also needed, since I do not receive any salary or financial aid from any parish or diocese. Counting down to August 14, packing and repacking, praying without ceasing! – Archpriest Seraphim Bell