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India and The Gospel, Missions, the Church
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00:00:00 00:00:02 India, as a nation, is a wonder.
00:00:03 00:00:05 It is much more complex than Europe.
00:00:06 00:00:10 When we look at the races that are there, people groups that are there,
00:00:11 00:00:13 religions that are there, cultures that are there.
00:00:13 00:00:15 But India remains as one nation.
00:00:15 00:00:17 That is an amazing wonder.
00:00:18 00:00:20 It has over 1 Billion people.
00:00:21 00:00:23 Let me put that in a very simplistic manner.
00:00:23 00:00:26 Cut United States of America into 3 pieces,
00:00:26 00:00:29 and take one piece and put in that one piece,
00:00:30 00:00:32 three times of American population there.
00:00:32 00:00:38 That is India. Such thickly, dense populate country, is India.
00:00:38 00:00:42 Or 1 Billion people. So, quite often I say,
00:00:42 00:00:45 India is the country that God loves 2nd most,
00:00:46 00:00:50 next only to China, who is a little ahead of us in population.
00:00:50 00:00:55 And so, population wise, demographically, India is a big nation.
00:00:56 00:01:02 And it's a democracy. And democratic system is quite grounded, well grounded in India.
00:01:02 00:01:04 And that works well.
00:01:04 00:01:06 And India has come of age, I would say.
00:01:06 00:01:10 India is a nuclear power now, and the nations in the world,
00:01:10 00:01:14 pay attention to the voice of India, today.
00:01:14 00:01:17 And then when we come to science and technology,
00:01:17 00:01:21 India is doing amazingly well in this field.
00:01:21 00:01:25 Talk about information technology, or computer engineering,
00:01:26 00:01:30 India has become the hub of the new science and technology.
00:01:30 00:01:34 So, India has a great voice in the world today.
00:01:35 00:01:37 Amazing things are happening in India today.
00:01:37 00:01:41 Especially, north India, where thousands and ten thousands of people
00:01:42 00:01:44 are turning to the gospel, to Jesus Christ, these days.
00:01:45 00:01:48 Especially, from the people group called 'dalits.'
00:01:49 00:01:52 'Dalit' literally means 'broken.' Broken by the social system.
00:01:53 00:01:57 Demoralized, oppressed, dehumanized people.
00:01:57 00:01:58 For thousands of years.
00:01:59 00:02:02 For them, the Gospel is a good news.
00:02:02 00:02:06 It says, you are important. You are created in God's image.
00:02:07 00:02:11 And not only that you are created in God's image, God loves you.
00:02:11 00:02:15 He has loved you so much so that he has sent his son,
00:02:15 00:02:17 Jesus Christ, to die for your sake. And to save you.
00:02:18 00:02:20 And that clicks very well with the dalit people.
00:02:21 00:02:23 And they turn to the Gospel, for humanity.
00:02:23 00:02:27 For a human identity, right here in this world.
00:02:27 00:02:30 They also know that the Gospel promises us eternal life.
00:02:30 00:02:34 So, life in its fullness, is offered in Jesus Christ.
00:02:34 00:02:38 No wonder, Jesus said 'I am the way, the truth, and the life.'
00:02:38 00:02:42 And that promise of life attracts thousands of people
00:02:43 00:02:45 from the dalit background to the Gospel, these days.
00:02:46 00:02:49 The Church is growing very fast in India today, in an explosive manner.
00:02:50 00:02:53 And there are many who believe that the Christians will number
00:02:53 00:02:59 more than 50 million. That is almost 5% of India's population.
00:02:59 00:03:02 In different parts of India, Christian missionaries are beaten up.
00:03:02 00:03:05 Christian stars are beaten up. Their Churches are being burnt.
00:03:05 00:03:07 All kinds of Bibles are burnt.
00:03:07 00:03:11 And the Christian missionary duties are opposed and resisted.
00:03:11 00:03:15 And, there are times when even some of them lose their lives as well.
00:03:16 00:03:18 The wisdom of martyrdom.
00:03:19 00:03:22 But, that is quite normal for the Church.
00:03:22 00:03:25 Nothing unusual is happening when the Church is growing,
00:03:26 00:03:29 in a predominantly non-Christian context, as it is in India.
00:03:30 00:03:33 India is the land of languages. We have 18 major languages.
00:03:34 00:03:38 And, over 2000 dialects, spoken by millions of people.
00:03:39 00:03:42 So, that is a big challenge, again, for Christian missionaries.
00:03:42 00:03:46 How to make the Gospel, the Bible, available for these people.
00:03:46 00:03:50 Those who can read, we need to translate the Bible and put in their hands.
00:03:50 00:03:53 Those who can not read, we have to make oral Bibles.
00:03:54 00:03:58 And, both are happening but I must say that we have not yet come to the challenges fully.
00:04:00 00:04:02 There was a time when India was receiving missionaries.
00:04:03 00:04:05 But almost a hundred years ago, the picture began to change.
00:04:07 00:04:11 Different States in India, which are conducted by themselves, so to say,
00:04:12 00:04:16 culture wise, have begun to send missionaries to other parts of India.
00:04:16 00:04:19 Now, we have south India missionaries flooding north India.
00:04:20 00:04:23 We have missionaries from northeast India come down to the plains of India.
00:04:23 00:04:26 And more than that, from India, missionaries are going
00:04:27 00:04:30 to other parts of the world, especially to southeast Asian countries.
00:04:31 00:04:33 Even east Asian countries. Go to Cambodia.
00:04:34 00:04:37 You will find Christian missionaries from India, there.
00:04:37 00:04:40 You go to England, you can find missionaries from India,
00:04:40 00:04:45 working among the whites as well as Indian diaspora, in England and Europe.
00:04:46 00:04:49 In the east, a sending county today.
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