|About 100 people, including some who brought their entire family, attending the New Initiative workshop.|
Gospel for Asia missionaries in Kerala, India, conducted a first-of-its-kind outreach to GFA Radio listeners. The workshop, dubbed the New Initiative, is designed to create Bible fellowship groups in areas where GFA radio programs are broadcast. By the end of the one-day event, a new Christian fellowship had been formed in this town.
It all began in September when GFA radio staff in Kerala decided to conduct a meeting in one of the towns where GFA Radio is heard. They invited hundreds of their listeners to the New Initiative event, and about 100 of them came.
Five GFA missionaries, including the district leader, led the program, which included worship in song, teaching, prayer and group discussions.
The missionaries told the people about GFA-related churches, updated them on the radio ministry and took time to pray with them individually.In the past, fellowship groups that formed after similar GFA Radio listener meetings have grown into full-fledged churches within months.
The group discussions focused on how to develop a deeper relationship with Christ. The people who attended the meeting were excited and actively participated in the discussions. Many expressed a desire to start a fellowship group, so arrangements were made to have prayer meetings each Saturday in this town. A GFA missionary who works in the area will lead these meetings. In the past, fellowship groups that formed after similar GFA Radio listener meetings have grown into full-fledged churches within months.
GFA Radio broadcasts programs in 103 languages in 10 countries in and around the Indian Subcontinent. Each year, some 1 million listeners flood GFA’s field offices with responses after hearing these radio programs. Their responses range from expressing interest in learning more about Jesus to requesting prayer for themselves or someone in their family. Many of the letter writers share how they were at the end of their rope—even contemplating suicide—when a radio broadcast brought them hope.
Gospel for Asia workers in each radio office pray over each response and reply personally to each individual who contacts the ministry as a result of the broadcast.