Indian gospel workers reaching tribes; facing great danger

October 19, 2011

During the months of June and July, with help from Christian Aid, the Lord enabled native missionaries serving with a ministry in India to reach 224 new villages with the gospel for the first time. Field missionaries, with assistance from missionary trainees who were helping in the field as a part of their summer internship, presented Christ in a variety areas. A few thousand from the Gond, Oravan, Munda, Assame, Chamar, Lohar, Vanniya Gounder, Velala Gounder, Pusali, Lingayat, and Mahar people groups were reached with the gospel. The ministry leader reports that the work of the Lord is moving forward in several states.

In one village two missionaries were severely beaten by anti-Christians. They accused them of transforming the lives of the tribal people in their area. The anti-Christian and anti-social elements want the tribal people to remain ignorant and enslaved to evil habits. This is because their spiritual and social transformation hinders the oppressors from taking advantage of them.

Despite the dangers, new believers are regularly added to God´s kingdom. Training meetings were held in five different places and more than 200 elders and leaders attended the camps. The ministry also conducted discipleship camps in three places with more than 500 believers in attendance. Many seekers also came and received the Word of God.

Thus through evangelistic campaigns and continuous training the team of native missionaries are having a positive effect on the people of India and continue to surge forward in the face of great danger.