In April and May we conducted 18 village-level crusades in various districts (see spreadsheet below). In these programs all together 4,470 people attended and 2,685 people confessed Jesus as their personal savior. The meeting included praise and worship, prayer, evangelistic messages and testimonies. Through the message we communicated with the people repentance from sin and new life in Christ. After the preaching we invited those who were sick to come forward. Most of those in attendance did so. We prayed for them and their families and many were healed and delivered from demons. After seeing the miracles and healings, people gave their lives to Jesus and decided to fellow him. Through these crusades we were also able to plant new house-based churches in new villages.
To organize open air evangelistic meetings is challenging since in the past churches were attacked and the pastor was taken into police custody, but it is the Holy Spirit who gives the boldness to preach the gospel. The crusades significantly help increase the number of new believers and also help start new churches in unreached villages.
Here are some of the personal testimonies from these outreaches:
Shangram: My name is Shangram from village Tantanpurwa in Barabanki District. I am thirty-two years old. Two years ago I had an infection in my ear. However because I am working as laborer, I was not able to pay the money to the doctor. So I did not go the doctor and I lost my hearing. Today one of my friends invited me for the meeting to know about Yeshu Baba (Jesus Christ). At first I didn’t want to go but then my wife asked me to go and also she came with me. I did not understand anything because I could not hear. But in my heart I was feeling peace. In the end of the program everybody was going for prayer. I also went forward for prayer and to my amazement, I started to hear! Now I have decided to come to the church meeting every Sunday and I have given my life to Jesus.
Rajesh: I am from Tripurarpur Village in Unnao District. For the past three years I have been suffering from evil spirits. My younger brother took me to some doctors for treatment but there was no relief. I then tried going to many Hindu temples and Majars (Muslim holy places) and spent a lot of money trying to get relief however nothing helped. Because of this problem all my family members were very said. Then my family heard that a program about Jesus Christ had been arranged in a nearby village. I came with great desire, hoping that perhaps today during this program I would be set free from the evil spirit. When Pastor Manish Prayed for me I was instantly delivered form the evil spirit! When the people saw this they were amazed. Since three years the village people had known that I was demon possessed. Now they saw that I was totally healed! I immediately started sharing with many people how Jesus had set me free. Now people are coming to my home and together we are worshiping the living God.