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Church Construction Halted by Extremists

June 29th, 2012 Comments off

Police arrested Gospel for Asia missionary Sagar Bansi after a group of anti-Christian extremists complained about the construction of a church building in

Church

Church buildings provide a tangible symbol of Christ’s love in many villages throughout Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh, India. Although Sagar was released, GFA’s ministry in this village has been halted.

The religious radicals filed complaints about the building after the church’s pastor, GFA missionary Dulal Kavi, left on a trip. Sagar was placed in the village temporarily to oversee the construction in Dulal’s absence.

Falsely accusing the church of illegal practices, the angry militants convinced police to stop the building process. The police went to the construction site and told Sagar that the work could not continue because of the fanatics’ objections. Sagar followed their directions and halted construction.

Two days later, Sagar believed that the threats of the radicals had subsided and that building could continue safely. Upon hearing that the project had begun again, police arrived and arrested Sagar, telling him that if they continued again the building would be demolished.

Once some other GFA missionaries heard about the incident, they went to the police station to help Sagar. After they talked with the police chief, he was released.

Now, the extremists have filed more complaints against the church. They told police that they never want to have missionaries work in this area again. Because of these threats, GFA’s work in the village has been suspended until the threats subside.

Dulal and Sagar request prayer that the situation will return to normal and the Lord’s work will not be hindered. They also ask for prayer that the believers will remain strong in the midst of this opposition.

 

 

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Miracles in the Midst of Disaster

June 15th, 2012 Comments off

When a snakebite is the least of your problems, you know you have a lot of problems. For Gospel for Asia missionary Balaji, that was exactly the case when his

Slum

Kiran and Balaji showed a film about Jesus in a slum like this one.

day of ministry appeared to be headed for disaster.

Balaji and Kiran serve together on a GFA film team. They carry equipment to remote villages to show a movie on the life of Jesus.

The two missionaries had an opportunity to show the film in a slum area in Karnataka, India. The people in this area had previously opposed their ministry quite strongly, yet Kiran and Balaji prayed that this opportunity would bear fruit.

The lack of electrical lights made it hard to set up the equipment after dark. Balaji was groping in the darkness, trying to start the generator, when something bit his hand. Pain streaked up his arm, so Kiran brought a candle to see what had happened. Then they saw the big snake lying on the ground.

Balaji didn’t want to postpone the show to seek medical treatment. They decided to continue, praying and trusting God to spare his life and open the hearts of the people. While the villagers watched the film, a group of 50 anti-Christian extremists and two policemen burst into the crowd and started beating the missionaries. Balaji and Kiran cried out to God, and He answered them. The villagers protested the beatings and drove away the crowd of extremists. But the police took the missionaries to jail.

Now suffering from beatings and a snakebite, Balaji sat with Kiran in jail, facing police who were demanding a huge sum of money in order to return the film equipment and release the men.

The missionaries were jailed for three days, beaten often throughout that time. The two men were exhausted, discouraged and badly in pain, but they

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Balaji was working on a generator like this one when a snake bit him.

turned to the Lord and again cried out for mercy. Again, He answered.

A group of Christians and others from the slum village came to police to ask for the missionaries’ release. When the head policeman refused, the villagers protested that the men had done nothing wrong, and that the film had not been illegal, but told about a God of love.

Finally, the policeman reduced his demands to a small sum that the Christians scraped together to pay for them. Kiran and Balaji were released without further difficulty. They recovered from the ordeal, and Balaji’s arm shows no long-term ill effects from the snakebite.

Please pray that God will bring much fruit from Kiran and Balaji’s incredible sacrifice in that area. They have gone right back to their film ministry, trusting the Lord to use them for His kingdom no matter the cost.

 

 

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

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From Insanity to Faith in Christ

June 1st, 2012 Comments off
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Gospel for Asia missionaries share a special calling to bring the Gospel to those searching for hope—like Jayin once was.

Jayin Sabal’s misguided search for God drove him to insanity rather than peace. Although he was a respected guru of his village’s religion, with many followers and devotees, Jayin still felt desperately empty.

In keeping with his village’s traditions, Jayin performed various religious rituals on a regular basis—but was unable to find God’s presence in any of them. So he set out on a quest to find the living God. But when Jayin saw that his search had not brought him any closer to reaching his goal, he was driven to insanity.

Instead of staying by her husband’s side during this difficult time, Jayin’s wife left him. Life looked bleak for Jayin. But around this time, Jayin’s parents became Christians, and began praying for his deliverance. God answered their earnest prayers, bringing Jayin back to sanity. A pastor visited and shared the Gospel with Jayin, and he saw that Jesus was the God for whom he was searching.

Jayin personally embraced the Gospel. Although his wife did not choose to return to him-and has since married another man-Jayin did not waver in his faith. Hearing God’s call to serve Him, Jayin enrolled in a Gospel for Asia Bible college. He has since completed his studies and is serving the Lord as a native missionary.

His heart is to share the Gospel of Christ with people who have not heard-especially those who are religious gurus like he once was. Please pray for the Lord to bring much fruit through Jayin’s labors. Pray, too, that he will stay close to Jesus and know Him as a constant Friend.

 

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