Christmas Outreach a Success in India
January 6, 2010
India (MNN) — Persecution abounds in India. Christmas violence in 2007 and 2008 in Orissa State continues to affect believers. Today, at least 4,000 believers are still unable to return to their home villages because of death threats, and most are totally homeless after the government shut down the refugee camps where they were living. There had even been violence and a bomb attack in the camps themselves.
In nearby Andhra Pradesh, hard line Hindus are concerned so many people are coming to Christ the state could turn entirely Christian. That fear is causing tensions and many believe violence is imminent. However, that tension isn’t stopping the work of Pastor Singh in the city of Vijayawada. Brother Singh has a vision. “[Our vision is] to reach 1,000 children in the slums and on the streets — destitute people. And also, [we want] to plant as many churches in the region. Already, we have 30 churches planted and we are looking forward to planting thousands of churches in the region.”
In order to do this Brother Singh needed help. That’s when he contacted e3 Partners to come help them with training. He says he called e3 Partners and found that e3 Partners’ Al Wilson was already in Indian — not only in India, but in Brother Singh’s home state. Wilson interviewed Brother Singh at a restaurant. Brother Singh explains the rest. “I don’t know what happened to them. That night, they thought about it and early the next day they said to me that, ‘we want to bring a team to you.'”
They took a team to Vijayawada in early December. “They were led into the villages where there were no churches. Almost 500 people were led to the Lord.”
But, the story doesn’t end there. Brother Singh says despite being tired from hosting the team, local church leaders decided to hold Christmas campaigns in three areas of the city. “First, 150 people came. [The] second day, more than 200 people came, and the third day, almost 500 people. So, we see hundreds are responding to the Gospel and giving their lives to Jesus.”
He’s excited about what God is doing. “The spirit of God is strongly motivating them and we are working with them and discipling them. And, [they] are starting a small group where ever they are.”
Brother Singh says they’ll be providing them Bibles, getting together with them once a week in discipleship, and providing encouragement
Pray that these new believers will learn about their faith quickly, that they’ll be bold in their witness and that many more people will come to know Christ as a result.