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Beautiful Song Shows the Way

February 24th, 2012 Comments off

Prabhakar was on his way to visit a friend, but the music he heard stopped him in his journey. It even made him do something unheard of for him—step

Music

Music plays a big role in Indian culture, so it is not surprising that in the church, people meet to sing praises to Jesus.

inside a Christian church! The beautiful, melodic strains were coming from inside a church, and following his parents’ traditional village religion, Prabhakar would have never taken such a bold step. He had grown up worshipping many deities, but the sound of the music drew him into that very unfamiliar setting.

Sitting inside the church, Prabhakar continued to enjoy the beautiful music. Then, as the pastor began to share from God’s Word, Prabhakar heard the Gospel for the first time in his life. As he listened, the Lord gave him a clear sense of his sinfulness and his need for a Savior. That same day, Prabhakar put his trust in Jesus. As Prabhakar grew in his new faith, God called him to study the Scriptures more in-depth and provided a way for him to attend a Gospel for Asia Bible college.

Upon graduation, Prabhakar continued to serve with GFA, returning as a native missionary to his own village. He spent much time in fasting and prayer for the people of his village. God used Prabhakar to reach many people with the Gospel—not just in his village but in surrounding ones as well. He started a church that has grown to 60 believers, and he has an expanding Sunday school outreach for children. And it all started with a beautiful song.

 

This article was originally published by Gospel for Asia. To learn more about Gospel for Asia, click here.

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Courageous Team Returns to Village

February 10th, 2012 Comments off

A team of Gospel for Asia missionaries and students recently returned to a village where they had been previously threatened and thrown out. The Lord protected them on this subsequent visit, just as He had miraculously spared them during their first outreach there.

The GFA team first visited this remote village in Uttar Pradesh, India, as part of a two-week outreach effort in December. The majority of people in the village

Prayer

Outreach is a large part of a Bible college student’s education.

were high-caste, yet they eagerly accepted the Gospel literature the missionaries and students gave them. Even the head of the village took some Christian materials.

But the next evening, hundreds of villagers armed with knives and guns swarmed the house where the GFA team was staying. The home was in an isolated area where there was little chance that anyone would hear the confrontation. But just in time, God sent a Christian pastor who knew the people from his previous work. The pastor was able to calm down the crowd and reason with them. The armed villagers left without harming the GFA team, but they did warn them to leave and not come back.

The team returned to the village in January and passed out 200 more Gospel tracts, along with some other literature, and no one harassed them.

The team asks for prayer that their efforts in this village will bear much fruit, and that the villagers’ hearts will be opened to the Gospel. Pray also for their protection as they continue to proclaim the Good News.

 

 

 

 

This article was originally published by Gospel for Asia. To learn more about Gospel for Asia, click here.

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