Bible students bring hope to factory workers in India

By January 23, 2009

India (MNN/GFA) — Most of the people who live in the part of Jammu & Kashmir, India, known as "Industrial Area" work in factories. One of these laborers is a much happier worker now, thanks to his new friendship with a group of Gospel for Asia Bible college students.

Girji had been suffering from stomach problems for two years, unable to find relief. When three teams of the Bible college students decided to adopt "Industrial Area" and share the love of Jesus with the factory workers, one of the teams met Girji. They shared about Jesus' power to save and heal, giving Girji new hope he had never felt before. Then the team prayed with him. They didn't see an answer right away, but they are believing the Lord will do great things.

The two other student teams gave out several hundred tracts to workers from a rice factory and a glass factory. Not everyone was happy to hear their message. One of the factory owners became angry and abusive, warning the teams to leave.

But in another area, the students were welcomed and invited to return. Since then, the team has started teaching classes for both adults and children. The Bible college students regularly help with academics as well as sharing about Christ.

"For many of the tutoring center attendees, it was their first time to hear about Jesus," the team reported. So far, two factory workers have chosen to follow the Lord as a result.

"Please pray that God would open a way for us to share the Gospel with the 20,000 people who work here," the students wrote. "Pray that we will become a channel of blessing to bring these people into His fold."

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