From Our President
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE INDIGENOUS WAY
A small group of people from the bustling village had stopped to listen to the story. The speaker described how a disrespectful, selfish son had demanded his inheritance—and left home to squander it on foolish living. He hit rock bottom and begged his father to let him come back home. His father did more than just agree to let him come home...
He prepared a celebratory feast and killed the fatted calf.
The expressions on the faces of the listeners suddenly changed. Eyes widened in shock. Lips curled in disgust. Some people shook their heads; others frowned. All of them turned and walked away.
WHY "INDIGENOUS" IS IMPORTANT
The Prodigal Son is a favorite evangelistic story among Western believers. But in India, a story that ends with the slaughter of a cow is horrific—and blasphemous.
Something you and I wouldn't think twice about is a stumbling block to people in another culture.
Likewise, people from different cultures define words differently. For instance, the word "salvation" in India doesn't mean what we Western believers think it means. It means being "promoted" to a higher caste.
The indigenous ministries you support through Christian Aid Mission are effective because they understand the cultures in which they work, and they do the hard work of discipleship—explaining Scripture in its historical, social, and literary context.
YOUR SUPPORT IS CHANGING THE WORLD
A few months ago, a visitor from India spoke at our staff meeting. He told us that he happened to be in Florida when Hurricane Irma struck. As the winds began to rage, he took shelter in a church and watched through the windows as multiple ambulances raced by.
That's when his tears started.
He was astounded that Americans place such a high value on human life that some of them would actually risk their own lives—driving ambulances into the angry storm—to help the injured. When disaster strikes in India, he told us, bloodied and broken bodies are left in the streets.
"Hinduism devalues human life", a ministry leader from India told us. He further explained that Hindu culture is a "taking culture", but "people who know Christ give back".
He and his coworkers meticulously disciple new believers. And though most of these new believers are uneducated and illiterate, he said, "God's Word quickens people's minds."
"The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple." Psalm 19:7 (NIV)
How does the leader know he's successfully discipling people in the knowledge and understanding of God's Word?
If he can answer "yes" to the question: "Is the community being changed?"
Unlike people who walk away from bloodied and broken bodies in the streets, followers of Christ are considering the needs of others.
Some of the world's poorest people are helping people poorer than themselves.
For instance, several churches in India have engaged in a program called "one handful of rice." People who have no money to tithe are setting aside one handful of rice per month, which their church collects to help the hungry.
Thank you for your partnership with Christian Aid Mission. Your support of indigenous ministries is changing communities and impacting the world for Christ.
Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation,
PS: Establishing witnesses for Christ involves more than evangelism; it requires active discipleship. Christian Aid Mission finds, evaluates and raises support for indigenous ministies engaged in this work throughout the world. Please consider including a gift for the worldwide ministries of Christian Aid Mission.
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