Floods swallow villages and churches in East India.

By September 15, 2003

India (MNN)–We begin today in India where hundreds of thousands of people in the eastern state of Bihar have been displaced by flooding this year. The area borders the Ganges River, which regularly breaches its banks.

Bihar’s government requested spare tents, polythene sheets and tarpaulins while the United Nations Development Program has arranged 10,000 polythene sheets for flood victims.

Gospel For Asia’s KP Yohanon says the suddenness of the crisis contributes to a rapidly deteriorating situation. “Overnight, the waters came up and wiped out about 23 hectares of land, which is a large area. We are, right now, waiting to hear any details of any of our people being affected by it.”

Officials think some four million people will feel the effect of the floods. Yohanon urges prayer for uninterrupted ministry. “People have died and the army was called in to rescue people that are trapped. This is one of our major mission fields where people are responding incredibly strong in terms of coming to the Lord and becoming part of the church.”

GFA works to reach the unreached of Asia with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfill the Great Commission through recruiting, training, sending and assisting qualified laborers to win the lost and plant local churches in partnership with the body of Christ.

GFA currently has 133 Bible schools where nearly 7,000 students are preparing to become full-time church planters among those who have never heard.

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