Dear Praying Friends,
Praise God that many people met Jesus for the first time last year in India through the work that we have been praying for. We remember a pitch black night in south India as we waited for a group of Adult Literacy Class students to show up. John was getting rather impatient, wanting to get our group back on the bus. The class teacher kept pleading, “Just wait two minutes, sir, just two minutes …” We were acquainted with the Indian concept of two minutes, even though we still were pretty new to India then. (We’ll give you a hint: “Two minutes” in India has nothing to do with time!)
We continued to wait and eventually the students turned up dressed in beautiful saris, with flowers adorning their hair. The teacher excitedly said, “See sir, they used to be untouchables. They come from generations of people who believed that they are worth less than a cow. That has changed with them. This class is the first time someone told them that they were precious, that Jesus loves them.”
This is radically different than many of our testimonies. One of our sons gave his testimony one time starting with the statement, “My Christian heritage goes back many generations. I grew up in a home where I heard about Jesus nearly every day. I grew up believing that Jesus loves me. I grew up with a family tradition of believing in Jesus that goes back at least five generations. That may not be as exciting as a testimony of someone who just met Jesus for the first time, but it is a marvelous testimony of the love of God.”
As we pray for India and receive stories of first-time conversions, let us not forget that although not as “exciting,” it is so precious that many of us have a heritage of faith—passed down from generation to generation. God says that He will punish evildoers to the third and fourth generation, but His love flows to a thousand generations (Exodus 20:5-6). Thank God today for your testimony and thank Him that He is starting new generations in India who believe and love Him and will pass this faith onto their children and children’s children until Jesus comes again.
Until India is transformed,
John and Atts