Ranchi, India, is located in the northeastern corner of the country where little is known or told about our the risen Lord.
It is a place where “the time is ripe to present the good news, even though it may invite harassment,” said Rev. A.K. Lama, Hindi ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International.
This spring, Christian leaders will come together in Ranchi to prepare and learn how to spread the gospel and share the resurrection story with children at the annual vacation Bible school (VBS) camp.
“Young people are hungry for truth,” explained Lama.
Because the gospel is not widely shared, parents in outlying villages rely on VBS for their children to hear the gospel and share what they’ve learned.
One mother wrote, “We live in Odisha and wait every year for VBS classes so that our son can go to Ranchi to attend and learn the teachings of the Bible. We send him there thinking that whatever he learns about God, we can teach the same to the children here in Odisha.”
Charles is one of the 1,500 children who attended the Hindi VBS program last year. Charles came not knowing who Jesus was. As he learned more about the Bible, he talked with his parents about coming to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
Because Charles was able to share the good news with his family, they too came to accept Christ. They were baptized as a family; this Easter will be the first time for them to celebrate the risen Lord.
As we focus our minds and hearts on the indescribable gift we were given through Jesus Christ dying for our sins, let’s remember those who do not yet know this good news.
Rev. Lama asked, “Pray that God will prepare hearts and provide the means for the VBS leaders to boldly share the gospel.”
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Kristen Fergus Van Stee, Back to God Ministries International