Encouragement on a Bicycle
GFA-supported missionary Sandeep Kishan, his wife, Amiya, and baby daughter, Leela, serve the Lord in Haryana, India. The Lord has called them to reach many villages in their area, and Sandeep's bicycle plays a big part in this broad ministry.
Early in the morning, Sandeep spends some time fixing a brake problem on his bicycle. Without his bike, he will not be able to do the ministry he has planned for the day.
He also takes some time to clean and oil his bike. The regular maintenance ensures that this bike will provide him years of reliable service.
his evening, Sandeep and Amiya will ride a few miles to conduct a prayer meeting in a believer's home. This is a way of life for the couple. Several nights a week, the family travels to different villages to encourage and teach believers.
They load up on the bike and hit the road. They race against time as Sandeep wants to reach the village before dark.
It is normal to see several people riding on one bike in India. So a family of just two adults and one baby is a light load for the tough, Indian-made bicycle.
When they arrive, a new believer, Salil Kalyan, and his family are there to greet the missionaries. This family is the only one in their village to follow the Lord, so far.
Salil and his family face a lot of opposition from the other villagers, so the weekly prayer meetings are a great encouragement to them. In spite of the harassment, they are very firm in their faith.
Everyone listens intently as Sandeep shares a message from the Bible. The message challenges the family to keep pursuing Christ even though they are not always accepted.
They also have a time of prayer. This week, Sandeep is praying for Salil's son, Patag, who recently went blind. Sandeep prays that the Lord will heal Patag and that his testimony will have a great impact on the village.
After the meeting, they fellowship with one another, and then it is time for Sandeep and Amiya to go home.
After a wonderful time of prayer, fellowship, and encouragement Salil and his family finally say goodbye to Sandeep and Amiya.
he missionaries make the journey back home so they can put their baby to bed and prepare for the next day of ministry. Tomorrow, Sandeep will be back on his bicycle, riding to share the Gospel with those who have never heard.