India (MNN) — Bibles For The World's Mawii Pudaite says the
ministry began a strategic outreach program in Punjab three years ago, amidst
strong resistance to Christianity. The state is the birthplace of the Sikh
religion and the only state of India with a Sikh majority.
According to available statistics, only two of the state's
96 people groups are known to have any Christians in their communities. Pudaite says, "Every day in Chandigarh,
north India, national missionaries working door-to-door distribute more than
a thousand Gospels of John. Every day families come face to face with the
Gospel, perhaps for the very first time."
By 2006, missionaries were reporting an increasing number
weekly cell groups that had begun meeting for Bible study and
discipleship. Pudaite says one year
for Christmas, new believers gave out 25,000 copies of the Gospel of John
to their neighbors. Since the program began, missionaries have
distributed 250,000 Gospels of John.
That makes their objective clear. There are 66 sectors, each one home to over 5,000 households. Pudaite urges
prayer support and financial help. To
expedite their mission, the team started collecting funds last year to buy
bicycles. The small team now has five
Pudaite is hopeful this growth trend continues. "This year, our goal is to distribute to
500,000 homes. With the bicycles to speed up their way, our national
missionaries are very much challenged [sic] to undertake this task. It costs 25-cents a copy."
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