India for Jesus
India is 1/4 the size of America with 4 times the amount of people. Near 33% of the people eat just one meal a day. In 2011 it was reported that only 2.3% of the 1.3 billion people in India were Christian. Also, India has just elected a strong Hindu man that is very anti-Christian, so persecution has already risen and will continue to rise. Obviously, this is a nation in great need of Jesus.
This week we have an apostolic brother here from India who has been beaten for his faith in Christ many times. He spends his life making disciple all over India, as well as a few surrounding countries, as he praises God for the privilege to suffer for Christ's sake. He was saved out of a life of idolatry in Hinduism while living in a village of 4000 people where there were no known believers. Since that time his whole family has come to Christ as well as many in his village. The Lord has used this humble man to plant many house churches as well as to train over a thousand leaders in the ministry. He has been one of our main partners in the mission to disciple the nation of India.
I have had the privilege of spending full days with this precious brother going to discipleship meetings, prayer meetings, house church meetings, prophetic meetings, as well as spending hours digging deep into the word together.
He is being treated like royalty at Bert and Jan Anderson's house this week. And he also loves to spend time with Pate and Josh bonding over computer games:)
May the Lord use this time to accelerate his glorious purpose in India. Jesus will one day rule India and it is our prayer that it is heavily populated!
Shanmugam will be sharing this week at both New Life services and I know you will be blessed.