Good News From India
May 2, 2016 1202
Gospel Joy Overcomes Death Threats
“If you continue this meeting, you will not leave this village alive!” The threats from angry men were real, and the villagers hid. Pastor Joseph and his co-pastors had come to Nalagunta, an isolated Hindu village, to share the gospel, but the meeting appeared over before it had begun.
But after prayer, and reaffirming their faith in the will of God, they began the meeting, even though there was no audience. Through their loud speaker, the Word of God and their prayers resounded through the village.
Gradually, people emerged from the shadows. One young man brought musical instruments, and the pastors began singing and praising God. More people came – children and adults. From death threats came new life as 50 people accepted Jesus Christ into their lives. The joy of the Gospel has come to stay with the people of Nalagunta.
Ravi Falls Off the Train Into The Arms of Jesus
Ravi’s journey with God began when he was knocked unconscious in a fall from the roof of an overcrowded train. After spending the night in a forest infested with wild animals, he realised that God was his protector: his response was to promise God a lifetime of service.
Nothing could daunt this young man; he convinced his family of the power of God, and his desire to learn and study so he could tell others about the Gospel. This is where GNU enters the story: Pastor Ravi saw the Good News Unlimited programme on television, and immediately contacted Pastor Joseph.
“God fixed the time for me to join with GNU in India when Pastor Eliezer came to visit,” he writes. “It is a great privilege and honour for me to bring many people into Jesus Christ.”
Man Rejoices at His Own Funeral
Subharao narrowly avoided being cremated after he was pronounced dead. Just as the funeral was about to begin, he sat up and began talking with the mourners at his own funeral! And Subharao lost no time in telling everyone that it was Jesus who had worked this miracle.
People in the village had known about Subharao’s strong faith in Jesus, but now they saw evidence of the power of Jesus. He has experienced healing before, but no physical healing is quite as remarkable as the wonderful news of the Gospel – that Jesus heals all sinners who come to him, and that everyone who accepts him will live forever.
Now Subharao is praising God for another miracle: the wonder of seeing the Gospel preached through GNU in the villages around his home. “This is the first time in my life I am seeing Gospel evangelism like this and I am so happy and glad!”