Thousands of Youth Worship, Seek God
Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Daniel J. spoke at a three-day youth meeting where 1,500 people were expected to show up. Here is his first-hand report of the event:
"The meeting was to start on Friday evening, and by Friday morning, it was apparent that all expectations would be surpassed on how many would come. For the first night, more than 2,000 young men and women came, some of them travelling up to eight hours to reach the conference. It was an awesome sight to see the 2,000 young men and women sitting on the floor singing, worshiping and listening to the Word of God."
More than 2,000 youths attended the three-day conference.
"There were two things we specifically prayed for. One was for good weather because it was raining all week, and the other was that there would not be a lot of disturbances in our meetings because of the religious festivals happening that weekend. Usually during these festivals, celebrations in the form of loud music and fireworks go on day and night for almost the entire week.
“I was able to see so many young men and women ready to be witnesses for Jesus in their generation.”
"God answered both of these prayers wonderfully! The whole time I was there, there was no rain. In fact, it was really hot! Also during these meetings, there was no disturbance from the celebrations. Not only that, there was not even a single firework burst for the celebration in and around the area! Praise God for His intervention!"
Many young men and women dedicated their lives to Christ at this event.
"The first session on Friday evening, I spoke on the prodigal son and called these young men and women back to Christ. About 70 of them responded to the salvation message.
"The second day, we had a morning session devoted to learning about the Holy Spirit and how He helps us resist sin. God’s Spirit moved powerfully among these young men and women, and our pastors went around praying for these young people to be filled with the Spirit.
"For the evening session of the second day, we taught on forgiveness. And on the third day we challenged the youth to think about the Great Commission.
"It was a fantastic experience for me, and I was able to see so many young men and women ready to be witnesses for Jesus in their generation. It was also an opportunity for me to recognize how God has raised up this ministry to reach thousands of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ�"not just in this area but also in their neighboring states and other countries.
"As I look back at those meetings, I can see God is powerfully moving in the area, and I’m glad I could witness it firsthand. Through me, I believe you can also have a glimpse of God’s work."
Youth Team Reaches out to Dalits
Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Mihir and several teenagers from his church wanted to tell the people in a village near their home about the love of Jesus.
They knew this would be particularly challenging because there were no Christians in the village, which has a large population of Dalits ("Untouchables").
The village Mihir and his team visited was home to many Dalits.
While Mihir and his team were distributing Gospel tracts house-to-house, a group of men gathered and started shouting insults at them. The group grabbed the tracts and tore them up, threatening the Christians and telling them to leave.
Even though all of the tracts were destroyed, God gave the young team courage to continue their outreach despite the opposition. They visited a Dalit family and told them the story of Jesus. The entire family chose to follow Christ that day.
The family faces strong opposition from their relatives and other villagers for their decision. Pastor Mihir continues to disciple them and encourages them to stand strong.
The Dalit family who chose to follow Christ became the first Christians in the village.
Pastor Mihir asks for prayer for this family to stand firm in the midst of opposition. He also asks for prayer for the other villagers to open their hearts to the Lord, and that his ministry will continue to bear fruit in many areas.