Persecution. Demon Possession. Ignored by Pastors. These are three things I came across during my recent trip to South Asia.
Abbaad* serves in our Kashmere Outpost. Shamim became a follower of Christ 19 years ago when he left Islam. He remains the only believer in his family, even after his father tried to kill him 19 years ago for becoming a Christ follower.
His parents have sense passed away but apart from Christ, and his living siblings still do not associate with him, except when necessary. Yet, through all this, Abbaad has persevered and remained steadfast. He has given his life to following Christ and multiplying disciples in this Gospel-Deprived Muslim community.
Aarav* serves in our Slum Outpost. Aarav comes from a Hindu background and is the only believer in his family. He does not have to live in the Slum but chooses to do so because God has called him to this community of 200,000 people. In fact, he could easily move to his wife’s village (she owns a house) and live a much better and sanitary life but he does not.
His family of three and three others are the only known believers in our Slum Outpost, who are mostly Hindu and Muslim. Aarav has tried to get pastors in the nearby city to help him in the Slum but no one to date has accepted his invitation or has visited him (years of invites extended). This saddened me. The vast amount of lostness I saw in our Slum Outpost should be enough to move any pastor or church, especially in semi-close proximity, into action but clearly not. But, Aarav remains steadfast.
It was with Aarav where I met my first demon-possessed person. Yet regardless of the shape she is in, she faithfully studies the Bible with Aarav every week. Aarav has recently started his first Discovery Bible Study with a group of Hindus and we are praying that God will use Aarav to ignite a movement of disciple-making in our Slum Outpost.
Both men have my attention. I am honored to know and serve alongside them. They have faced obstacles I have never encountered. To say they are persevering is an understatement. They work and live in communities that are entrenched in darkness but God is using them to be light where none has existed. They are not middle class, highly paid or running a staff with huge budgets. They are financially poor, engaging the darkest corners of the earth and not complaining because a server at a restaurant messed up their order.
These men are the real deal. They are serving in communities where the vast majority of pastors in our South Asian Hub will not visit. They are serving people considered as outcasts. They are getting their hands and feet dirty (literally at times) and loving people, not as projects and targets, but as a creation of God. They are loving them and intentionally seeking to multiply disciples among them!
I bring awareness of these two men to you because they serve and lead in our new ministry outposts in South Asia. As far as I know, we are the only ones serving alongside them. This is why I want to ask you to prayerfully consider partnering with us by financially supporting and praying for our South Asia team.
By giving through the link below, your gift will automatically be designated to our South Asian team and ministry. As you prayerfully consider my request, I also request that you pray about becoming a monthly financial partner with our South Asian team. Your on going support for them will help enable them to continue serving in these places (and more) that no one else is seeking to serve in.
To partner with our South Asian team, click here.
In exchange, you will become personally connected to Aasim*, our Director in our South Asian Hub. He will communicate directly with you and keep you up to date on what God is doing there.
Thank you for considering my request!
* Names changed for security purpose