Gospel teams in West Bengal, India
Team leader Santosh is overjoyed that we are printing more of ‘The Secret of True Life’ in his language, Bengali:
It’s such an effective booklet. During a recent outreach, we stopped our vehicle to buy some bananas, and distributed a few copies of ‘The Secret of True Life’. One booklet was given to a child. She was fascinated by the colourful pictures, but then as we drove away a man took the booklet from her. Only later did we find out what happened. The man’s name was Ramchandra. He read the booklet from cover-to-cover and called to say he would like to know more. I went to see him, and we talked and prayed together. Ramchandra and his wife accepted Christ that day, and they were both baptized on November 3rd, 2010!
We’re just now printing a further quarter million of ‘The
Secret of True Life’ in seven Indian languages. Also New Testaments and ‘The Gate to Life’ Bible-study material. These books will be delivered to 51 different destinations—or distribution hubs—all over India.
"We've never heard such things before!"
Holding a copy of “The Gate to Life” in her hand, Sarita, a young Indian girl stands before a class of 100 kids and says, “This is a very important book and it contains things we’ve never heard before.” She’s only fifteen and comes from a nearby slum. Her father is a rickshaw driver, but she talks boldly about “The Gate to Life” in the Hindi language and in so doing shares the Gospel with clarity and power.
MediaServe’s Carolyn was in India earlier this year, and returned with glorious testimonies of God’s power at work through the printed Word. New Testaments and other literature that MediaServe has put into the hands of courageous believers are bearing much fruit. Even those who don’t want to listen to the Gospel are often willing to read a booklet. “The Secret of True Life” is proving particularly effective as a point of contact.
Sikh family finds the secret of true life
In the north Indian state of Punjab, seventeen-year-old “Happy” goes house-to-house with “The Secret of True Life” in the Punjabi language. She’s uneducated and from a poor family, but loves to tell people about Jesus. Pointing to “The Secret of True Life” she says, “It’s so much easier when there’s something like this to give; this booklet is so attractive!
“One day I knocked on the door of a Sikh family – the husband was a leader in the Sikh temple – but they said we have no peace. I gave the booklet and then read a few Bible verses and said, ‘If you’d like prayer, please call the number at the back of the booklet.’”
The Word did its work, and several days later the Sikh family phoned. Pastor Jagir went to see them, and prayed for the husband, who’d been sick for years. He was instantly healed and the whole family prayed to receive Jesus!
Through the witness of this family, four other families have since come to the Lord. And now the daughter regularly goes door-to-door with “Happy”.
We could almost fill a book with the testimonies! Many have come to the Lord just through reading the Word, and churches have been started where none existed before. Then there are wonderful accounts of people set free from various bondages and addictions, including alcoholics delivered from the desire to drink! No wonder we are being asked for more literature, and in more Indian languages, too.
Many praise the creative cover designs and get-up of the New Testaments and “Secret of True Life”, but they especially like the clear biblical teaching in “The Gate to Life”. These three books are undoubtedly an effective combination, and we’ve already committed to do more languages. We know we must help! New Testaments are already under way in Oriya and Bengali, and “The Gate to Life” is being put into Oriya.