Asia Mission Report: India

Nov 26, 2002 11:49 AM EST

India -- A native pastor along with team members from Operation Mobilization, were savagely beaten in the State of Goa. The team had just shown the DaySpring International film on the life of Christ when some 30 people attacked them. The film's director, John Gilman says the movie reflects the life of Christ filmed in the Indian context and it has had a huge impact on those who view it. "Dramatically demonstrating the story of Jesus and his love really is a seed that is planted in the hearts of the people and they never forget seeing Jesus crucified and what that means." Gilman says they won't stop showing the film. "I think we have a challenge to bring the Gospel to these people as a seed. Someone said don't bring it to us as a potted plant, bring it to us as a seed and often Western Christians are tempted to have already grown something and bring it with their own flavor." Meanwhile, the victims of the assault are recovering and police encouraged them to file a formal complaint.

December 6th could be a spiritually significant day for the people in Tamil Nadu, India. Gospel For Asia reports that thousands of Dalits are expected to gather for a mass conversion on that day. This group of "untouchables" of the Indian society has suffered discrimination for hundreds of years and now Dalit leaders are calling their people to leave the Hindu-based caste system. The event could create a huge opportunity for groups to reach these people with the Gospel. Already many Dalits across India have turned to Christ.

By Albert H. Lee
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