Oppression sparks creative solution for a ministry in India.

By August 1, 2006

India (MNN)–Audio Scripture Ministries’ Tom Dudenhofer says because of the high illiteracy rate among the poor in India, the doors are wide open to their work.

However, a push toward a Hindu nationalist state over the last five years has complicated their opportunities. “The Hindu militants look at anything that is free as an attempt to convert people. It’s a very delicate balance that our partners have to tackle. A lot of the frontline work is being done by local Christian pastors out in the outlying areas.”

But hard-pressed ministry often spurs creative solutions. He says their partners skirt anti-conversion troubles by charging a small fee to register people for a Scripture listening program. “The money doesn’t cover the cost of the Scripture listening kit, but by having them pay something, just a token fee, just something that puts value on that particular piece of equipment, then they can not be accused of being ‘engaged in conversion processes’.”

Pray for Indian believers who are taking larger roles in the planning and production of Scripture recordings at World Cassette Outreach-India. Pray for their protection and wisdom as travel is stressful yet very needful.

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