India (MNN) — For the past two years, Orissa has been a deadly land for Christians, as hundreds have been murdered in anti-Christian acts. For those who have survived, much of their freedoms have been restricted, and thousands of homes have been burned, totally destroying their livelihoods.
Yet, throughout the blood-soaked land, people are still coming to Christ, according to Gospel for Asia. In fact, in one district, 40 individuals recently came to Christ.
GFA said this was due to three college students who did their internships in that area. As it says in 1 Timothy 4:12, these youth did not let anyone look down on them because of their age but "set an example … in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."
Because they obeyed the Great Commission, GFA said, "God not only protected them, but He also blessed their ministry with fruit they couldn't have imagined."
This past Christmas, GFA gave Christmas gifts to 300 underprivileged families in Orissa, allowing Christ's love to show through their actions as they repaid evil with good.
As they continue to minister to these families, pray that the families will discover the hope and forgiveness Christ has to offer.
Additionally, pray for the Christians of Orissa to remain courageous, continuing to shine their lights through the despair.