With a population that is approaching 1.2 billion, India is gaining on China to become the world's most populous nation in the coming years. It is also a spiritually dark place, where the official estimate is that only 2.3% of the population is Christian. The vast majority is Hindu and most of the remainder is Muslim.
It is in this field that AMG's national workers have been working tirelessly to spread the Good News. One of these workers is Daniel, who was born into and brought up in a Hindu family. His parents lived according to the Hindu customs and traditions, worshipping nature and idols.
As a young man, Daniel followed the religion of his parents. He lived a life filled with bad friends and bad behavior. His lifestyle was one of wild living. Evangelists would come to his village and he would mock them.
But in 1976, another servant of God conducted Gospel meetings in Daniel's village. He preached from Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." God spoke to Daniel through this passage. Daniel's heart was convicted and he repented, accepting Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Daniel began to share his faith with others in the local community. Then, during another meeting several years later, he sensed the calling of Christ to take the Good News to remote areas, and Daniel entered the ministry. God has blessed Daniel. In the village in which he ministers, he is now pastoring a church that consists of 65 members, and it is growing.
Samuel is another AMG India national worker. He too comes from a Hindu background. He was born into a cobble community that helped to build Hindu temples. Samuel's story is similar to Daniel's. Because of an evangelist that visited his village, he came to know Jesus as Savior. There was no church in Samuel's village, so he decided to minister to his local villagers. The beginning was small, with 10 people attending. Now the church has grown to 75 members. In addition to ministering there, Samuel travels to neighboring villages to proclaim the Gospel.
The Lord is using AMG's national workers in wonderful ways. These men and women of God faithfully serve Him at a minimal financial cost. They don't face any of the barriers of language and culture that Western missionaries would face. They are supported through sponsorships of $50 a month.
Please pray for AMG's national workers in India and around the world, and for more supporters to engage nationals in the harvest. While the harvest is plentiful, the workers are few and many more are needed.
For more information, or to learn how your church can sponsor a national worker like Daniel or Samuel, please visit http://www.amginternational.org/www/docs/9 or write to AMG at 6815 Shallowford Rd., Chattanooga, TN, 37421.
Originally published in the May 2011 edition of AMG International's News from the Field.
Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel (AMG) International is a non-denominational, international missions agency based in Chattanooga, Tenn. AMG's distinctive has always been its reliance on national workers to carry the Gospel in their own cultures. Today, they operate ministries in over 40 countries around the world through partnership with national believers.
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