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A Free Prayer

By Tom, Asia Regional Director

During my recent visit to South Asia I heard a lot of stories about what God is doing through our team there. One thing that stood out to me is the number of different people from a variety of ethnic groups that the team has worked with over the years. Many of these were young men who came through the hostels that the team has managed or supported. These men came to faith as students and now that they have graduated, have moved to various places around the country. Many of them are still in touch with our team and it’s exciting to think about how God will continue to use them in the future.

Another current development is in Bindu’s* ministry. After she moved to the northern part of the country with her husband a few years ago, she began visiting new believers in several villages. She has a friendly personality and is skilled at telling Bible stories in an engaging way. The villagers welcome her warmly and her reputation is growing. Hiralal,* her husband, complains (half-seriously) that when she visits the villages she never gets home before dark. He is worried about her safety, but she phones to say “I haven’t left yet…they are asking me to stay a little longer.” The women in the villages are especially receptive to her but even some of the men come to observe and listen as she shares.

In one village recently she was visiting with the believers when a man she had never met came to listen. When this man, Indro,* heard that she was sharing about Jesus and praying for sick people, he invited her to his home. In their traditional religious practice, the Hindu priests come and pray at someone’s home only after they negotiate for payment. Bindu, of course, went with Indro and offered a “free” prayer for his sick wife. She was healed and as a direct result of that, Indro believed and was baptized. Now he is sharing his testimony with his family and friends and the team is hopeful that many more people in his circle will come to faith.

“She is simply spending time with them, telling God’s stories in a way that can connect with their lives, and praying for them as Jesus taught.”Bindu is doing something basic – but it is important. By visiting, she is showing people that she cares, while constantly pointing to Jesus as the source of her love and happiness. The people she visits are poor, from a low social caste, and do not have much hope for advancement spiritually or economically. But Bindu is not offering financial assistance; she’s not coming from a position of power. She is simply spending time with them, telling God’s stories in a way that can connect with their lives, and praying for them as Jesus taught.

Recently Hiralal and Bindu’s youngest son completed the last year of high school studies that he can take in the town where the family moved to be close to the emerging village fellowships. He will now move to a larger city to continue studying – leaving Hiralal and Bindu with an empty nest. (He was amused by that English idiom.) While they will certainly miss their sons (the oldest one is already studying away from home) they are also excited about the opportunities that this will create. Bindu will have more freedom to visit villages and she is also hoping to travel with Hiralal to visit the believers in other parts of the country as well. Please pray for God’s continued blessing and protection on this family as they disciple and mentor many people.


The South Asia team is working cross-culturally in their own country – discipling leaders and facilitating church planting within Hindu communities. Hiralal and Bindu are based in the northwestern part of the country where they can encourage an emerging movement of Hindu-background believers. Hiralal also travels extensively, visiting fellowships of believers in other cities.

Pray:

  • For the young churches in this area to mature and effectively reach their neighbors for Christ
  • For continued open doors to share the faith in new villages and for protection and health as the team travels on dangerous roads and waterways
  • For God’s spiritual and physical protection from the enemy and from radical groups in the country that sometimes attack the Hindu and Christian minorities

*Names changed for security