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Bicycles Bring Blessings

When you think of a bicycle, you might picture a day of exercise and fun with your family. When a native missionary thinks of a bicycle, he thinks of the speed with which he can reach a village and the number of people he can tell about the love of Jesus. With a bicycle, distances between villages diminish as one sets out to preach the Word.

Ten gospel workers received new bicycles with gifts sent through <i>Christian Aid</i>.
Ten gospel workers received new bicycles with gifts sent through Christian Aid.

Brother J. Kondaiah, a faithful worker ministering in Andhra Pradesh, India, prayed and fasted for many days, asking the Lord to provide a bicycle. At the age of 60, it was difficult for him to walk the many miles he had to cover. Sunstroke took its toll. He suffered leg pains. His ministry began to decline, as he could reach fewer villages than he would have liked.

The Lord heard his prayer, and through the gifts of Christian Aid donors, he gratefully received a bicycle. Now he is able to cover four to five villages a week. Brother Kondaiah can carry gospel literature to share with others. He is less tired and more able to carry on his work, visiting schools, as well as the sick. The narrow paths and rocky roads through thorn bushes and fields no longer present the hindrances they once did. His revitalized ministry is an example of how important simple transportation is to the work of a native missionary.

A versatile tool

A native missionary can carry gospel literature on the front, and possibly a coworker on the back, of his bicycle. It can be taken anywhere in the countryside, pass through small openings, be carried over streams, thus affording easier access to remote areas.

Dorothy Sun, Co-Director for China at Christian Aid Mission, remarked, "Women gospel workers in China are particularly blessed to have a bicycle to use in their ministry work. It allows them to more easily carry their babies, as they go out to share the Word of God."

Christian Aid Mission donors have blessed many gospel workers with the gift of bicycles. As more and more indigenous missionaries receive training, they need the tools to help them in their outreach. Providing bicycles brings blessings to both the giver and the receiver!

One Day with a Bicycle

Timothy is a church planter with Emmanuel Christian Fellowship Center. Not so long ago he was a criminal, belonging to a gang of hoodlums in Patna, the capital city of Bihar. Today, he is on a mission to deliver the gospel message to villagers living in very remote areas.

Here, Timothy and his family rejoice over the new bicycle he was able to purchase because of a gift sent by a <i>Christian Aid</i> donor.
1. Here, Timothy and his family rejoice over the new bicycle he was able to purchase because of a gift sent by a Christian Aid donor.

Sometimes missionary outreach is more effective when the whole family is involved.
2. Sometimes missionary outreach is more effective when the whole family is involved.
Like all children, these youngsters are curious and don’t want to be left out.  They pay attention as Timothy tells them about the birth of Jesus.
3. Like all children, these youngsters are curious and don´t want to be left out. They pay attention as Timothy tells them about the birth of Jesus.

While Timothy talks to these young boys, his wife, Pushpalata, establishes relationships with the women and mothers in the area.
4. While Timothy talks to these young boys, his wife, Pushpalata, establishes relationships with the women and mothers in the area.
Sometimes missionary outreach is more effective when the whole family is involved.
5. One of the older boys accepted a booklet explaining the gospel.
Like all children, these youngsters are curious and don’t want to be left out.  They pay attention as Timothy tells them about the birth of Jesus.
6. After Pushpalata and Timothy finish talking with the women and children of the village, they will go into the market place. Timothy will converse with the shopkeepers, while Pushpalata and the children shop for their meal before returning home.
While Timothy talks to these young boys, his wife, Pushpalata, establishes relationships with the women and mothers in the area.
7. Mission accomplished! The gospel has been heard and is received by a village elder. Timothy will be able to return for follow-up soon, using his bicycle.


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