It’s the second most populous nation in the world, with over 1.2 billion people – the vast majority of whom are Hindus. It covers 1.269 million square miles. There are nearly 2250 people groups – more than 2000 considered unreached. There are 22 official languages and a staggering total of 1652 languages spoken.
India is such a huge, complicated, diverse, and incredibly complex mission field. How can we possibly begin to make an impact for Christ and His Kingdom?
The answer: by working together.
That’s how thousands of people in Mangalore recently had the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel message.
The villagers living around Mangalore, in the state of Karnataka, have been devout Hindus for centuries. In fact, Mangalore was named for a Hindu deity. And the state of Karnataka has been the birthplace of several important Hindu movements. Hinduism is part of their culture, their identity, their way of life.
Partnering with the Methodist Church and Karnataka Missions, Biblica sponsored the Festival of Peace event in Mangalore. Thousands came from all around the region. For many, it was their first exposure to the Good News of Christ. More than 2,000 people responded to the invitation, making decisions to surrender their lives to Christ!
That’s just one small example of the powerful work God is doing in India as Christians partner together to share the message of salvation in Christ.
As Solomon wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIV).
God is obviously pleased when we work together. There’s something mysterious and profoundly powerful that happens as we unite our efforts. As like-minded churches, ministries, and Christian organizations join forces, God responds by doing amazing things.
Another recent example comes from Bengaluru, in the state of Bangalore, where Biblica partnered with Bethan Assemblies of God Church to hold a leadership training seminar. About 80 pastors and church leaders attended and had the opportunity to learn how to study and teach the Bible.
Bible engagement programs have also been quite successful as Biblica has worked with local churches, colleges, and organizations to help people read and understand God’s Word.
“I read the New Testament in 40 days!” a participant in one of the programs excitedly announced. “Thank you for providing us with this kind of understanding of God’s Word.”
Another participant said, “Isn’t it amazing to realize that our lives in the 21st century are connected to this one grand story of God – just like God met real people in that time, He is meeting us today!”
The key to successful ministry in India – and any other part of the world – can be found in partnerships. Working with YWAM, church denominations, TransWorld Radio, the Bible Society of India, and other organizations, we are seeing a good return on our labor.