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GFA Missionary Given Three Days to Leave

April 20th, 2012 Comments off

On February 2, religious extremists interrogated Gospel for Asia native missionary Gautam Taru about his ministry. Then, they told Gautam he had three days to get out of his village in Madhya Pradesh, India.

“You must leave!” the extremists told Gautam after questioning him. “If you do not get out of the village in three days, there will be serious consequences.”

Threatened by Gautam’s fruitful ministry, the anti-Christian fanatics came to his church and forced him to tell them the names of each believer and what organization was financially supporting him. Taping every word on a recorder, they also asked him why he was propagating a foreign religion.

Once the mob let him go, Gautam and some of the believers from his church went to the local police station to report the event. The next day, the police had Gautam return for further inquiries about the incident.

“We will do everything we can to help you, but it would be best if you leave for a week and then come back after things settle down,” the police officers told him.

As Gautam was walking home from the station, some of the believers from his church contacted him. They told him that while he was gone, the radicals had returned to the church looking for the pastor. While threatening the Christians, they destroyed all the Bibles and Gospel literature.

The extremists had also brought kerosene to burn the building down, but decided not to follow through with the plan. After threatening the believers and warning them to tell their pastor to leave, the angry mob left.

Gautam requests prayer that the fanatics will stop trying to thwart his ministry and that they will come to know Jesus in a personal way. He also requests prayer for safety and protection for himself, his wife and three sons.

 

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

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Chased to Mercy

April 6th, 2012 Comments off

It was New Year’s Eve and someone was knocking frantically on Pastor Juman Rani’s door. It turned out to be Nasim Bhatti, a Muslim man whom Gospel for

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Just like this missionary, Pastor Juman made every effort to reach Nasim with the message that God loves him. Nasim received Christ on New Year's Eve.

Asia missionary Juman had invited to a service at his church earlier that night. But Nasim did not show up for the New Year’s Eve service. Instead, he had been drinking alcohol and was now terrified that police were chasing him.

Nasim was well-known as a troublemaker and alcoholic in his village in Kerala, India. Nasim’s wife, Adeena, suffered greatly because of her husband’s drunken rampages. Then she learned about Jesus from Pastor Juman. Her newfound faith brought her much comfort. Both Juman and Adeena shared the Gospel with Nasim, but he was never interested.

When Juman invited him to the New Year’s Eve service, Nasim said he would go. But instead, he starting drinking and broke into someone’s home. The disturbance was reported to the police. That’s when Nasim realized he was in serious trouble. The fear of being caught and thrown in jail sent him to Pastor Juman for help.

That night, Nasim found mercy from a God he had previously ignored. He finally listened to Pastor Juman’s message and was convicted of his sinful lifestyle, repenting of the way he had lived.

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When Nasim was in trouble, Pastor Juman's church, much like this one, was the only place he knew to go.

When the police found Nasim, he was a new person. Unexpectedly, the police charged Nasim a small fine, then let him go. Nasim knew the Lord had spared him even though he did not deserve it. He had received mercy twice that night, and it deeply touched his heart. Nasim spent three days in fasting and prayer out of thanks to the Lord and a desire to know his new God. Now he faithfully attends church with Adeena.

Pastor Juman asks for prayer for this family to continue growing in the Lord, and that many more in their village will choose to follow Jesus.

 

 

 

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