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Meet native missionary Singh

In the heights of India's Himalaya Mountains, where the waters of the Ganges are thought to be a mystical spring of life, Hinduism's iron grip on the hearts of the people stands in firm opposition to the gospel. In this region, God's Word has been sparse historically, but nonetheless powerful when applied to sinners upon whom He has extended His grace.

Native missionaries hold regular meetings for believers in mountain villages.
Native missionaries hold regular meetings for believers in mountain villages.

Missionary Singh's ministry and godly heritage can be traced back to two generations entrusted with a small portion of Scripture. His illiterate grandfather's heart was opened to God's love and provision for his salvation when Christians shared the succinct gospel call of John 3:16. Years later, his son, Swami*, committed his life to Christ when challenged by Mark 8:35: "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it."

Missionary Singh determined to "lose his life" for the sake of the gospel. In 1983 God called him to begin a ministry which has grown to be an effective instrument for evangelizing the poorest villages of the Himalayas. His son now shares the leadership with his father who is unable to meet the physical demands of travel.

With funds from Christian Aid, workers are equipped to distribute tracts and Bibles, and operate two children's homes and three Christian schools. Since the work began, over 200 children have been raised up to know the Lord, and many have gone on to serve as native missionaries.

Missionaries trek up the Himalaya Mountains to take the gospel to high altitude dwellers.
Missionaries trek up the Himalaya Mountains to take the gospel to high altitude dwellers.

Dozens of churches have been established and basic health services have been provided. Sanitation enhancements, vocational training, and disaster relief have also been made possible.

Singh makes arduous treks up the mountains to minister to remote churches. Recently, he and his wife, along with their toddler son, journeyed by Jeep for two days, and then on foot for one and one-half hours to a remote town. They were heartened by the wonderful things God is doing there. He preached the Word and conducted a breaking of bread meeting. He held baptism classes for four earnest young men, and then crossed six mountains on foot with them to baptize some new believers, before returning to the village that evening. He heard stories from those who had been healed from intestinal disease after prayer, and medicines were offered. A water pipeline installed with funds sent by Christian Aid has provided pure drinking water and a powerful witness to the unbelievers of this town.

The ministry has organized a "prayer drive" for the Uttarakhand region where Hindus make pilgrimages. A team of workers have united in prayer that these hungry pilgrims will see the True Light of the gospel.

You can provide support for a native missionary by sending $60 monthly to Christian Aid.


SC: WEBCAM