Testimonies from our brothers and sisters in India

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1 SHARE THE LIGHT... Testimonies from our brothers and sisters in India Persecution, breakdown of family relationships and having to run for your life all potential consequences of following Jesus in some parts of India. But, as these testimonies from BMS church planters demonstrate, the life of hope and transformation that Indian followers of Jesus in places like the Sundarbans and Orissa experience is more than worth the sacrifice. Questions Use these testimonies in your small group to prompt discussion and prayer. Pick one or several of them to read and then discuss the following questions: What were the costs of your first decision to follow Jesus? Have you lost anything or had to forgo anything to follow Jesus more fully? Why do you think God allows people to suffer in this life for following him? Does the persecution followers of Jesus face in many parts of the world make us think more deeply about the consequences of conversion? Do you see evidence of the passion and dedication exhibited in these testimonies in your own life and your own church? What differences are there and why do you think they exist? Do you think it s easier or more difficult in the contexts described in these testimonies to be bold in reaching out to neighbours? Are we that bold? Prayer points Thank God for the way he has used Benjamin Francis and his team in India to bring people to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Thank God for the wonderful growth in small church communities in the Sundarbans and across the region. Pray for all those whose testimonies you have read, for their safety, health and protection from persecution. Pray also for courage in the face of adversity for these brave Christians and for God to continue to use them mightily. Pray that more would be added to God s family daily. Pray that the Church in the UK and the West would be faithful in supporting our brothers and sisters in India. Pray for our own churches and for ourselves: that we would be inspired and challenged by the boldness and courage these Christians exhibit daily. Pray for Benjamin and his team, that God would use and bless them.

2 Seeta church planter I used to worship many, many gods. One day, a BMS church planter came to our village and shared with us about Jesus. He started by singing us a simple song: This is the day that the Lord has made. From that day onwards, I wanted to know more about this Jesus. Slowly, slowly, this brother told me more about Jesus, and eventually I received Jesus and was baptised. After I was baptised, I wanted to share my story with others. My village turned against me and I was no longer allowed to get water from the village well, because I was a believer. My husband was against me too and used to beat me. All I could do was pray. I understood one thing: Jesus is all I ve got. Jesus is enough. Why should I fear the snares of man? So I kept on praying and things started to change. Now things are better and I have started new fellowships in 25 villages. In one village I shared the gospel and 150 people were baptised. I have prayed for sick people, people who doctors have said would die, and I have seen them healed. Zaiul church planter I was born in a Muslim family. One day I met a brother in Christ and he gave me a little booklet to read and it made me think, what have I been doing all these days? Have I been living a life that is a lie? I got another book, the Bible, and after reading John 3: 16 I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. Immediately I started facing so much persecution. But I kept on telling my story, I kept on telling friends and family about Jesus. The Lord has been saving me. Now I preach the gospel in many different places. I look after around 180 small churches of Muslim background believers, working with the leaders. I enjoy it when people hear the good news because it is changing lives, despite the persecution. Please pray for me so that I can take the word of the living God to many more places. Sanjay church planter and doctor I was born in a Muslim family and was a very sincere Muslim. In 2007 I got cancer. I was very sick and I found myself very alone. A Nepali boy visited me in hospital one day when I was crying and gave me a tract about Jesus. I didn t want to believe in Jesus, but I thought, why don t I pray? So I asked Jesus, Will you heal me? I am so sick. And slowly, slowly I started getting better. I saw that only Jesus can save my life, nobody else can. I started preaching about what Jesus was doing for me, but people began plotting and planning to throw me out of our area. My family said they wanted nothing to do with me. I was thinking, where will me and my wife and son go? But the Lord showed me a new place.

3 I have been involved with Big Life BMS church planting in many, many villages. I am a doctor by profession so I have been able to share the love of Jesus with each one of my patients wherever I go. I have started about 50 small churches for Muslim background believers. People who persecuted me for many years, they got tired, they said the more we tell him not to speak, the more he goes out and preaches. Now they bring their patients to me. Every day I want to live for my Lord and keep on doing what I am doing. Pray that I can do more in the days to come. Jadab pastor and church planter in Orissa I come from Orissa. In 2008 a swami (a Hindu male religious teacher) was murdered and they put the blame on the Christians. They raised up a lot of people against the Christians, to wipe us out. They started targeting all the pastors. Mine was the first name on the list. Someone came to me secretly and said They are coming for you. More than 200 people were making a plan to come and kill me. I was in fear and in shock. I didn t know what to do next. They were blocking all the roads from our village so that no one could run from them. As a family we prayed and said, okay, let s run into the jungle, if God wants us to meet together again we will. That night I stayed in the jungle. Around 250 people started gathering around the jungle to see that I didn t come out. For 12 days I hid there, and the news went out that I was dead. I want to praise God that he kept me safe for 12 days without food or clean water. After those days the police came and started clearing people out, and I ran to the relief camp. The people in the relief camp told me, You need to go away from here because there are people looking for you. So, after I met up with my family, we made a plan to go to Mumbai. I went to Mumbai with one thought: I am never going back to Orissa. The church that I was building there was totally torn down, they broke our house and everything we had was destroyed. Six months I was in Mumbai, and I started praying, God, what do you want me to do? And time and again I felt God was talking to my heart, telling me to go back to Orissa. I was saying to the Lord, How do I go back and serve you? I don t have a church. But God said, You submit your life to me, you go back, I will do something. So I went back to Orissa and I started praying and fasting for three days. During that time I got connected with one of the guys from Big Life Ministries who gave me the number of Pastor Benjamin Francis. I came to Kolkata and spoke to Pastor Ben about my plans of going back to Orissa and doing work. After I spoke to him I came back and restarted the work. Where it was impossible to worship and to plant churches because of the hostility, I started regrouping believers. During the riot they destroyed over 500 churches in Orissa, more than 6,000 houses were destroyed and there were people who were cut into pieces and burnt in that area we are still working. Through BMS and Big Life we have been able to start work in four districts in Orissa and we have planted about 700 churches. When people become believers, many times they don t get water from their village to drink, they don t get wood from the jungle. If somebody dies there they don t give them land to bury them. It s a big problem. But in all of this we have to trust the Lord.

4 There are still people who want to kill me. Every day we live there we preach, and we don t know which day we may die. When we will go and meet the Lord. Sometimes I fear, but the fear of man is a snare to my heart. I have to walk in wisdom. After losing everything that I had, now I can work for the Lord and preach God s word and it gives me great joy. The Lord has promised, I will never leave you or forsake you. I believe in that. And I m living for it. This is what keeps me going and I pray this is what will keep you going. I really want to thank BMS for supporting us since 2011 and enabling us to do church planting in the very district I ran away from. I want to thank Pastor Ben and BMS that I am here, standing before you, telling you about the work. My prayer is please continue to stand with us even as we are going out and doing the work. Please do pray for us that we can continue and multiply this work. Nazrul church planter I was an idol worshiper. My main job was to beg on the street and ask people for money. I was an alcoholic. One day, I was drunk in the market place and I saw church planters with BMS partner organisation in India preaching. That day, I took a tract from them about the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man died and went to hell and Lazarus went into the bosom of Abraham. When I saw the seriousness of this matter I thought maybe I m like the rich man with sin in my heart and I don t know this Jesus. And that s what slowly changed me. I want to go to heaven. I don t want to be like the rich man. I want to be like Lazarus. I d been married for 18 years and we didn t have a child. I had gone to all kinds of people and we tried everything we could, asking that we could have a baby. After I started walking with the Lord and working for the Lord and running fellowships, I started praying about that. After 18 years, my wife became pregnant. There are 80 fellowships that I oversee in this region. Now I m choosing another area where there are no churches so that we can go there and share the gospel so the Lord can touch people there. Purnima church planter I used to worship many idols and I was very worldly in my nature before I knew the Lord Jesus Christ. I sang worldly songs and I wanted other people to know I was a great singer. In those days there were so many problems in my marriage and my husband and I always used to get into fights. We didn t have a child after being married for many years. One day, two Christian brothers came to my house. When they came they showed us the Jesus film. I just loved it. I didn t know much about Jesus, but I just loved the way he dealt with people, especially when Jesus was in the storm. In that movie, people were calling out to Jesus. What really touched me was that Jesus got up and said peace, be still, and everything became still. After that, we learned more about Jesus and received him into our hearts, then we got baptised. Later, we started praying and we had a child. Then, I started leading fellowship, telling stories about Jesus and opening my Bible to tell people what Jesus did for me.

5 In the period where I was sharing my story, I got hepatitis B. The doctor saw the reports and said, We won t be able to help her so please take her back home because we don t know what we can do. I was very sick when I came back from the doctor. My family thought I was dying. That night I called one of the Christian brothers and asked him to come and pray for me. He came in the morning and when he saw me, he was very concerned. Then he said, You re a child of God so don t worry. I m going to give you a scripture. And he told me about John 11: 25. Jesus says to Martha and Mary, I am life and resurrection. All those who believe in me, even though they are dead they will be alive and if somebody believes in me and is alive they will never die. That I really believed so I prayed and God miraculously healed me. I am so grateful to the Lord and I m continuing to serve him as he has called me. Here is a further small testimony. When my sister was going to get married, people of the village and our family really persecuted us because we were in the Lord Jesus Christ and the whole marriage was in another religion. And we didn t know what to do at that point. People ridiculed us because we were Christians. Our family was so upset with us, they said, When anything happens in this family we will never inform you. We don t want to ask you to come to any ceremony. Even the family land which they used for growing rice, they would give it to others but they would not give it to us. I m not worried that I don t have my family land, things or tools to do farming here. I just want you to pray that I will be able to serve the Lord, especially in this village, and that everyone will hear the gospel. I just want to thank all our brothers and sisters from your part of the world, please tell them, God bless. bmsworldmission.org/sharethelight Baptist Missionary Society: registered as a charity in England & Wales (number ) and in Scotland (number SC037767)

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