Church Planting & Reaching The Unreached – India:
Crossroads, India held a 2-day follow-up training workshop for 32 of the 59 indigenous missionaries trained in last year’s Crossroads Church Planting Conference. Many of these indigenous missionaries work in extremely difficult areas where their lives are threatened daily for sharing the gospel.
One of those areas is among the Bodos people (also called the Boro people), an Indo-Mongoloid group of Tibetan origin and the largest ethnolinguistic group in Assam, India. Those who are not Hindu follow Bathouism, which worships Bathoubwrai, the god of the sun, earth, air, fire, and sky.
To date, these indigenous missionaries have shared the gospel with 1,055 individuals in 15 Bodos villages doting the Assam province of India. These missionaries face strong resistance but remain undeterred and determined to plant His Church among this unreached people group.
Adding to these missionaries’ difficulties are the anti-conversion laws now in place within parts of India. These anti-conversion laws impose fines upwards of 50,000 rupees on both those who share the gospel and those who convert to Christianity and possible jail time. The effort, of course is to halt the advancement of the gospel and intimidate, if not punish, those courageous enough to share the gospel of salvation among people hostile to its message.
To better equip and aid these indigenous missionaries, Crossroads provides each missionary we train with a few much-needed practical “tools” – a leather messenger bag, bibles, discipleship materials, and a high- powered flashlight needed to help traverse the jungles from village to village at night. Our goal is not only to train but to resource, through equipping and supporting, indigenous missionaries for effective ministry engagements.
Please join With Us In Praying …..
- For these indigenous missionaries working among the Bodos people group:
- For courage and grit in the face of persecution.
- For clarity in presentation and protection as these missionaries boldly share the gospel.
- Crossroads, India is planning four Church Planting Conference Trainings in 2023. Our goal is to train 200 additional indigenous missionaries/church planters targeting 3 regions of India – Assam, Manipur, and Doyang. Each region is a hotbed of ultra-extreme Hinduism with very strong opposition to the gospel.
- For God to raise up a new generation of courageous indigenous missionaries/church planters to advance His work in eastern India.
- For the funding needed for the four 2023 Church Planting Conferences.
Thank you again for partnering with us as we plant His church in the spiritually darkest places of our world.