Impacting India One Bicycle at a Time
05/07/2020 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In November 2018, International Christian Concern (ICC) launched an ambitious campaign to help bring the Gospel to India’s rural and unreached communities. We called this the Bibles and Bikes for India Initiative.
Through this initiative, we set the lofty goal of providing 1,000 rural evangelists with a new bicycle and 100 Bibles. With these simple tools, evangelists are empowered to bring the Gospel to rural communities previously beyond their reach.
To date, ICC has empowered 648 rural evangelists from 17 of India’s 28 states. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the outreach efforts of these evangelists. However, we have remained in close contact with these evangelists, providing support, and following up on the impact of their ministries.
Over the past three weeks, ICC shared testimonies from three beneficiaries of the Bibles and Bikes Initiative. These testimonies included Pastor John, Sister Divya, and Pastor Prasad. Today, we would like to share the overall impact our empowered evangelists are having in India.
To measure the impact of Bibles and Bikes Initiative, ICC interviewed each of the evangelists empowered so far. The COVID-19 pandemic presented some logistical challenges in connecting with 648 individuals; however, we were able to talk to all but a handful of the beneficiaries in April 2020.
Through these interviews, ICC documented the number of new villages visited, new fellowships started, and individuals brought to Christ as a result of the Bibles and Bikes Initiative.
According to our empowered evangelists, 3,874 rural and previously unreached villages were visited by a Bibles and Bikes evangelist. In these villages, 448 new Christian fellowships were started, and 6,084 individuals have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.
While we here at ICC are blown away by the impact the Bibles and Bikes Initiative is already having in India, we also know that we have yet to meet our goal of empowering 1,000 rural evangelists. Through the rest of 2020, ICC will continue to work with its network of partnerships in India to empower the remaining 352 evangelists with a bicycle and 100 Bibles.
With these simple tools, provided by the support of ICC’s donors, we hope to continue to have an incredible impact on India.
For interviews, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: email@example.com.