Go Ye Into All the World…
India has a population of over one billion people. There are still hundreds of thousands of unreached remote villages all over India who have never hear about the true Living God!Independent Church in India (ICII) helps to support and send over 160 native missionaries in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Punjab, Rajasthan and Orissa.ICII is also supporting missionaries in Pakistan and Kenya as well. As the Lord provides, we want to keep providing for more missionaries in these three nations.
ICII’s main mission is to support, send and equip native missionaries so they can go into the unreached remote villages and tribal areas,to leprosy colonies, start children’s ministries, start Bible studies and home churches, pray for those who are sick and hurting, and to help provide food, medical help, clothing, and other needs for poor and desperate people.
ICII equips these missionaries through pastoral and evangelism seminars, and village Bible schools. This past June, ICII has started their first full-time Bible school. Twenty students are living at the school and are being intensely trained for New Testament evangelism. ICII also supports eighteen leprosy missionaries who have been trained to reach those with leprosy.
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This issue of Finding Lost Souls is dedicated to ICII’s native missionaries working in the harvest fields of India, Pakistan, and Kenya. These gospel workers have dedicated their whole lives for Christ’s sake and many are living in severe persecution for their dedication.
Testimonies from the Fields in India
In this issue we want to share with you field testimonies that have happened through ICII missionaries over the past year.
Jesus Delivers Village From Blood Sacrifices
The first testimony is about a pastor from the state of Tamil Nadu whom Lowell and I (Kathy) have known since we started doing ministry in India eleven years ago. He is a very well-known and respectable pastor, dedicated to doing the Lord’s work. This past trip to India, Lowell and I had dinner with Pastor Isaac and he told us this incredible and awe-inspiring testimony:
“There is a village where the people worship a goddess. Their belief is that their goddess demands the people to give blood sacrifices and to drink both human and animal blood. The few gospel workers that had gone there in the past to share about Jesus were beaten and chased out of the village, so no one had yet heard the Gospel of Christ in this village. One day when Pastor Isaac was preaching in another village, a vegetable merchant lady who lives in the village received Jesus through him. The woman began to share with Pastor Isaac, ‘I have a lot of burden for my people, now that I believe Jesus is the one true and powerful God. For the past six years,
no one has gone out of their houses in my village after six pm. The people in my village are living in fear that the goddess will drink their blood or make them to vomit blood and then they will die. Even if someone returns late from work if they do not make it back to our village before six pm they will stay out of the village and sleep in the woods. They will also tie their animals outside the village each night. There have been people that did not listen and they came after six pm. We saw them vomit blood and we have even witnessed two people’s deaths.’”
Pastor Isaac began telling the woman that Jesus is not a god that drinks blood, but He shed His own blood for all, so their sins could be forgiven and they could go to heaven. He told her that he would come to her village after six pm, because Jesus will protect him from this blood-drinking god that the people are fearing.
Pastor Isaac shares about his visit to village in his own words: “I went to the village after six pm with a team member and we started to pray in the middle of the village. We began to praise God with singing and dancing. All the people were inside their houses watching out their windows expecting their goddess to attack us and that we would start vomiting the blood. They were expecting their goddess to kill us at any time. After thirty minutes of us praying and praising the Lord, the village people saw that nothing was happening to us so they started to come out of their houses, one by one and were staring at us in complete wonder. They had never seen anyone survive this before and they began to think I have a supernatural power. Even some of the people started to fall at my feet to worship me before I could stop them. I told them ‘I am a man like you, but I have a powerful God, who shed His own blood for you. His name is Jesus and He is the only one to be worshipped!’ That day more than four hundred people gathered in that village as I and my Gospel worker shared the Gospel to them! It was a busy evening for us as we prayed for many of these people in the darkness. For many of them came out from their houses to see what was happening. Now I have a church in this village where I visit them twice every week. Since these people have received and believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ their lives have totally been changed. Now the people are no longer living in fear, but are peacefully coming and going to their village, even after six pm! Since then, 450 people have believed in Jesus in this village and many are being baptized! Jesus is also healing the people there.
One woman tried having a baby for fifteen years, but each time she got pregnant she would get a miscarriage.
The people believed that this devil spirit would eat the babies. After hearing the Gospel message, this woman believed in Jesus and soon after she was pregnant and since then has delivered a healthy baby! Also other women were barren in this village and have now been healed and have become pregnant. The vegetable merchant woman’s her whole family has received Jesus, and they are all following the Lord!”
God is using Pastor Isaac mightily and now he is conducting village churches in two different locations on the streets in this village. Also many of the people are coming to Pastor Isaac’s main church for prayer and counseling! Through the powerful Gospel message of the Lord Jesus Christ, many satanic bondages that people once had in this village have now been completely broken!