A Land Trapped In Darkness
In a country we work within South Asia, animal “gods” (cows, monkeys, rats, snakes…) eat or destroy many of the crops; cause horrible, deadly disease; and together kill over 47,000 of their worshipers every year. For the people who daily bow down to these and other false gods, literally gods of death and destruction, it is almost inconceivable that there is a God who actually loves them.
Imagine only knowing of these gods who bring fear, harm, and death. Then, one day you hear of and embrace the God of love! It changes everything! It changes the way you get up in the morning, what you eat, who you eat with, what jobs you are willing to get, and the way you wash your dishes. Absolutely everything! He gives you a reason for living. As one national pastor, who we personally know, recently put it, “Now I am happier than anyone can imagine! Jesus loves me. He saved me and gave me eternal life!”
We praise the Lord each time we hear of the wonderful change that God is making in hearts and lives all over India, through the ministry that God has mercifully allowed us to be a part of.
The SGWM pastors and missionaries have many needs—supplies for outreaches, help with Bible school class scheduling, to find safe locations for church services, etc. God has given us the opportunity to help in these very practical and real ways. We are in regular contact with the Indian pastors and Saving Grace World Mission’s home office. We have immersed ourselves in helping the Nationals have the materials they need for ministry; letting people here know their needs and how to pray for them, and finding and implementing ways to prevent and protect the South Asian ministers of God from dangerous persecution. It is such a blessing to share in the South Asia pastors’ families’ joys and sorrows, write newsletters, implement internet security, work with finances, and maintain websites. We are awestruck that God has made a way where there seemed to be no way! We are able to still minister to the very people who God allowed us for years to live side by side with and share the Gospel of Jesus with! And, God continues to bring more and more fruit!