Missions Insider Report :: Missions Insider
Native Missionaries Boldly Preach Christ
in Pakistan, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
November 24, 2009
A native missionary preaches the gospel outdoors in a rural village of India.
A century ago there were hardly any indigenous missions in all of India. Today more than 3000 of them deploy over 100,000 native missionaries who are winning souls and planting churches among the 1600 different tribes and nations scattered throughout that vast subcontinent.
Christian Aid sends financial help to more than 250 indigenous ministries based in South Asia. They send out missionaries, operate Bible institutes, maintain missionary training centers, care for homeless children, carry on gospel publishing, distribute literature, sponsor hospitals, operate medical clinics for the poor, and carry on a host of other works in the name of Christ. Every ministry is pressed to the limit and in continual need of financial help.
In South Asian countries God’s servants consistently endure verbal accusations, property destruction and death threats for the sake of the gospel. Many are beaten and imprisoned. Newly planted churches in villages with a small Christian community suffer the most continual persecution. Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim villagers, skeptical and fearful of the changes and new life they see around them, consistently disrupt church services and destroy church buildings.
Yet, despite the persecution and hardships faced by believers in South Asia, hundreds of people are accepting Christ each day and new church fellowships are showing phenomenal growth in cities and villages. As more and more people become believers, they are being trained, discipled and encouraged to multiply as they share their faith with those around them.