Ram Das decided to return to his village and share his new discoveries with his friends there. To his dismay, the Christians gathered there were opposed to his teachings. He found the Hindus to be much more receptive listeners. Though the laws against converting to Christianity was still in the books, they were rarely enforced.
The Maoist communism movement was beginning to gain power, and many of those who would become part of the rebel party were to come from the Rukum district. Ram Dhas was summoned to the Maoist office.
“Why are you preaching like this?” They demanded. They threatened him, but they could not stop him.
Traveling on foot, Brother Ram Das began carrying the gospel through the hills to other villages that had not heard. He established a congregation of believers in a village five days walk from his own, and yet another ten days walk. For the next 20 years, the faithful pioneer traveled between Kathmandu and these three villages.
Not long before his age prevented him from traveling (about 2002), brother Ram Das was preaching to one of the village churches, when the Maoists came and took him. Friends and family members followed, concerned, but the soldiers promised not to hurt him. Leading him some distance from the group, the soldiers sat him down beneath a tree.
“Tell us what you told them,” they requested. And so he did.
“It’s nice,” they said, “but don’t use Jesus’ name.”
“It’s impossible to preach without using His name,” the aging man replied. “We are ready to take a bullet in the chest for His name.”
The soldiers laughed. “We’ll talk about this later,” was all they said.
Today Brother Ram Das is too old to walk the narrow mountain trails with his message of Jesus. The region of Rukum is still remote, with only two soft runway airports for transportation in this large region with a population of over 188,000. It remains the heartland of the Maoist movement. The condition of the village churches is uncertain. But one thing is sure, the seeds of truth have been sown there, and surely it is true: “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth; it will not return to me void, but will accomplish that which I please, and will prosper in the thing to which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)