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Christians Attacked in Bhutan

February 22nd, 2013 Comments off

 

Evangelism

GFA missionaries in Bhutan spend a lot of time sharing the Gospel one-on-one with individuals.

Two Christian families were physically attacked and kicked out of their homes after they chose to follow Christ. These two families live in Bhutan.

Gospel for Asia missionaries Lali Bharose and Ekta Surgari, who recently began ministering in their village, shared the Gospel with these families and they chose to follow Christ.

On Saturday, April 12, their fellow villagers attacked the new Christians and forced them out of the village. They also told Lali and Ekta to leave the village.

Less than one percent of Bhutan’s residents claim to follow Christ. Sharing the Gospel with people who follow the two traditional religions in the country is illegal. Bhutan has a population of about 2.1 million. It is a small, landlocked country sharing borders with both India and China.

GFA leaders ask for prayer for these two families who were attacked, that they would be able to feel the real power of Jesus in their lives. Pray also for their complete healing and for strength to stand firm in their situation.

Prayer is also requested for GFA missionaries sharing God’s love in Bhutan. Pray specifically for Lali and Ekta as they are in a tense situation at present.

 

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

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Bible Translated into Oriya, Orissa’s Main Language

February 8th, 2013 Comments off
Bible Reading

Because of the work of GFA missionaries, the people of Orissa now have a Bible in their own language.

Christians all across Orissa, India, recently praised the Lord for providing His Word in their native language. Gospel for Asia missionaries worked for six years translating the entire Bible into Oriya, Orissa’s official language.

“Many of us spent a lot of time praying for this translation,” one missionary shared. “We once again acknowledge God’s mighty hand behind this work.”

It is the missionaries’ passion to get a Bible into the hands of every person in the state who seeks to know more about Christ. The believers are especially excited to have a deeper understanding of the Lord’s plan for them, because now they will be able to read God’s Word in a language they understand.

Although Oriya is the most common language in the state, several other dialects are frequently spoken. GFA missionaries are now working to translate the Bible into Najug, another local language, to reach a different subset of the population.

The missionaries request prayer that the Lord will help them reach every area of the state with the Word of God. They also ask for prayer that the translation of other Orissa dialects would go quickly so that more may read of Christ’s love for them.

 

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

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