How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Rom. 10:24)
The north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is one of the most unreached places in the world. Although the gospel came to India in the first century through Thomas (one of the disciples of Jesus Christ), Christianity mainly took root in South India. During the time of British rule, missionaries established western-style churches in almost every city and large town.
After the British left India in 1947, these churches declined. Their decline was caused by several factors
- lack of local indigenous leadership
- failure to contextualize the gospel to Indian culture
- lack of zeal for evangelism and true discipleship
Now the situation in Uttar Pradesh is changing! God’s kingdom is expanding much faster than ever before. Despite many big challenges, the gospel of Jesus Christ is bearing much fruit .
One of the factors contributing to this dramatic church growth is the that the gospel is being preached to masses of people through evangelistic meetings, healing rallies, and outreach events in the villages. People come to these events in hundreds and respond to the call of Jesus. People are getting saved every day, and new churches are being planted in the villages throughout Uttar Pradesh.
Another reason the Gospel work is growing is because native believers are bringing the message of Christ to their own people. Paul, Timothy, Barnabas, and Silas were all natives. They were able to preach the Gospel in a way that people could understand. Paul equipped the local believers to take leadership of the new churches. This enabled the churches to grow strong under their own leadership.
With funding provided by the Foursquare Foundation, from April to August 2011, TellAsia ministries conducted 41 village-level crusades in various districts of Uttar Pradesh. In these programs approximately 10,860 people attended and 6,510 people confessed Jesus as their personal savior. We are so thankful to the Lord Jesus for his wonderful work in north India!
It is challenging to conduct evangelistic meetings in the Hindu village areas where there are no believers yet. TellAsia is committed to bringing the good news of Jesus and establishing churches in every village. Your support and prayers are making it possible to do this important work.
Personal Testimony from an Evangelistic Crusade
Amar is 37 year old from Barely District. Six months ago his right hand was paralyzed and because of this he was not able to work. Unable to earn, he was desperate for help. Amar heard about a gospel meeting being conducted by the believers in his village. He attended the program with some believers. After preaching a message about Jesus, the leader invited people forward for prayer. The pastor prayed for Amar and he was completely healed! When Amar saw that he was healed through prayer to Jesus, he decided to follow the Lord. Now he is a member of the local church in his village.