|In India’s flood-affected regions, GFA Compassion Services workers are actively reaching out with physical provisions and the Gospel.|
Gospel for Asia native missionaries often face opposition for their bold witness as they faithfully labor to reach villages with the Good News of Jesus’ hope. But this is not the only danger they face. Natural disasters fall on them as well—as two missionaries serving the Lord in a village in Manipur recently found out.
Last month, Santosh and Jameson were hit by the monsoon-related flooding that has swept through much of India, causing rivers to overflow and submerging many areas in water. The flooding severely damaged both missionaries’ homes. The two missionaries and their remaining belongings have been moved to a safe place while their homes are being rebuilt.
Both these missionaries have expressed heartfelt commitment to their Savior and the ministry He has entrusted to them—and have rejoiced as more than 40 people have come to Christ through their outreach during this past year.GFA leaders in Manipur request prayer that the Lord’s comforting presence would be very real to Santosh and Jameson during this time.
When Santosh first came to Christ, he knew there was no turning back.
“Although some of my relatives and close friends turned against me because of my newfound faith, with great joy and zeal I shared the Good News with them.” Santosh then attended a GFA Bible college for ministry training. Today, this young man in his 20s, serves the Lord full-time in Manipur, reaching people with the hope of the Gospel. He has no plans to abandon the work in light of this decision.
In his late 40s, Jameson labors in the same village as Santosh. He wrote earlier this year of opposition from a radical anti-Christian group.
“The Lord is strengthening me to continue the ministry by distributing tracts, visiting houses, praying for the sick and doing personal evangelism,” he wrote.
The Lord has blessed Santosh with a growing congregation of believers meeting regularly in the village for worship.
GFA Compassion Services workers were on the scene of flood-devastated areas such as this one as soon as they could get through to them, reaching out with provisions and Christ’s love. Their outreach has both ministered to hundreds of flood victims and provided valuable opportunities to share the Gospel in a very personal way with families who have lost so much.
|Many GFA missionaries are serving the Lord in areas affected by the annual monsoon flooding in India.|
GFA leaders in Manipur request prayer that the Lord’s comforting presence would be very real to Santosh and Jameson during this time. Pray, too, for other GFA missionaries in flood-devastated areas as they reach out with physical provisions and the hope of the Gospel, even as they themselves have been affected in the flooding. Pray that through their testimony and their outreach, many would turn to Jesus for salvation and comfort.
Many GFA missionaries are serving the Lord in areas affected by the annual monsoon flooding in India.