To the Ends of the Earth: Part 1
04/17/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – India is truly a nation of nations. Currently home to over 1.2 billion people, the United Nations estimates that India will become the world’s most populated nation by 2022. Despite its international prominence, India is also still home to literally millions of unreached communities just waiting to hear the Gospel’s radical and liberating message for the first time.
What’s limiting the Gospel’s reach in India? Persecution is definitely a factor. Radical Hindu nationalists and discriminatory laws written by their political leaders limiting religious conversion play an active role in restricting the Gospel’s reach.
However, the Kingdom is expanding through Indian evangelists and church planters who are willing to walk for days to reach and disciple the unreached.
In November of last year, ICC asked its donors to empower these dedicated evangelists to birth 6,000 new churches in India’s unreached regions through our “Bibles and Bikes” campaign.
Pastor Samson is one of the pastors we supported through this campaign. He comes from a low caste family in India’s Odisha state. “Before my salvation, I did not have any goal in my life,” Pastor Samson shared. “I was involved in all kinds of bad habits like smoking, drinking, and gambling. My parents were not happy to have me as a son.”
“One day I became very sick, but God sent a pastor to pray over me and I was healed,” Pastor Samson continued. “After that, I found the goal for my life.”
“After five years of training, I started to do outreach ministry,” Pastor Samson explained. “God gave me a vision to do ministry in places where no Christian has ever gone before. But, I had a problem. Reaching these interior villages was very difficult as I could hardly ever find any means of transportation.”
Stay tuned for Part 2, coming tomorrow.
For interviews, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org