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New United Methodist Church in Nepal Named in
Memory of Missionary Killed in Road Accident

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Men and women sitting on the floor; the women wear dresses with wraps and the men mostly wear white shirts.

Worshippers at the memorial and dedication serice of Karuna Memorial UMC in Bakhtapur, Nepal.
Image by: David Wu
Source: Evangelization and Church Growth
Two men stand in front of a banner that reads: 'Now fear the Lord and Serve him with all faithfulness: Joshua 24:14a' describes the memorial and dedication service.

Left-Devi Bhujel, husband of the late Karuna Bhujel, and right - David Wu, assistant general secretary of ECG at dedication of Karuna Memorial UMC- Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 1, 2005
Image by: David Wu
Source: Evangelization and Church Growth

A new United Methodist church near Kathmandu, Nepal, has been named in memory of the Rev. Karuna Bhujel, a missionary killed in a road accident in April.

The Karuna Memorial United Methodist Church at Bakhtapur was dedicated on June 1, 2005 by Dr. David Wu, a staff member of the General Board of Global Ministries. Dr, Wu was visiting the Rev. Devi Bhujel, the husband of the deceased and also a United Methodist missionary.

A hundred worshippers took part in the memorial and dedication service that came on the 40th day after Karuna Bhujel was killed when the motorbike on which she was riding was struck by a truck. The decision to name the church for her was made by the congregation. Mrs. Bhujel was the primary organizer and nurturer of the church at Bakhtapur, an area in a flat area known as the Kathmandu Valley.

There are three congregations in the valley, including those at Kathmandu and Lalitpur. Other United Methodist churches are scattered throughout the mountainous country.

Wu reported that the Bhujel family was supported by its strong faith and the kindness of the local Christians in the wake Karuna Bhujel’s death. Two teen-aged daughters are in school in India, where Karuna Bhujel grew up, and a younger son is with his father in Kathmandu.

David Wu is assistant general secretary of the Evangelization and Church Growth Program Area of the mission agency. Nepal is one of 11 “new mission initiatives” of the General Board of Global Ministries.


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Geographic Region: Nepal
Source: GBGM Press Releases
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Date posted: Jun 07, 2005