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“Life…to the Full”

Many of the men, women, and children in India who learn about Jesus for the first time have been through tragic life circumstances. Whether it’s due to poverty, lack of education, abuse, addiction – you name it – they’re often at the end of their rope. And without the light of Christ, life seems hopeless.

But in John 10:10, Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

When people in India receive Jesus as their Savior, not only can they anticipate eternal life in Heaven—they finally experience “life…to the full” here on earth, too. This is the reality of living in the Kingdom of God. When He’s the one we’re serving, His Kingdom is wherever we are!

According to a recent study by Barna Group, more and more U.S. churchgoers are seeing how these two realities – looking forward to eternity and experiencing God’s Kingdom on earth – fall hand in hand. They’re seeing connections between mission work and social justice, which primarily focus on eternal impact and the here-and-now, respectively. Barna shares, “…nearly half of churchgoers (46%) say the two efforts are different but integral to each other. Almost one-fifth of churchgoers (18%) considers social justice and missions as synonymous.”

These individuals see overlap in sharing the Gospel and improving the living conditions of people in need. Receiving Jesus as Savior and living “life…to the full” occur jointly. And as brothers and sisters in Christ, God can use us to make this possible for others!

Jesus says in Matthew 5:13-16, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Salt preserves, preventing decay. Light helps us see, eliminating darkness. While some people equate salt to social justice and light to evangelism, what Jesus is saying in this text is that the two work together.

Though faith in Christ doesn’t equate to all of life’s problems being solved, it prompts a life full of hope and joy—and the greater community of Christians.

This is one reason why we’re passionate about Bible-based programs that improve everyday life for people in India. Through Adult Literacy Classes and Year-Long Children’s Bible Clubs, Christian teachers and leaders are equipping men, women, and children with practical life skills that will help them with daily tasks, all while introducing them to Jesus.

The Gospel is on the move through programs that empower people in ways they never thought possible, and He’s using people like you to make it happen. Thank you for trusting God to provide “life…to the full” in India!

Together, for India,

Todd VanEk
President & CEO