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A plumber and a discipler in India

Visit from plumber leads to discipleship opportunity for entire village.

Ranchi, the bustling capital city of northeast India’s state of Jharkhand, is home to ReFrame Ministries’ on-the-ground partner ministry in India. When the ministry center there needed some plumbing work done, they called a plumber named Rajkumar, who lived in a small village about 15 miles away. 

“People in Rajkumar’s village are quite poor and depend on odd jobs in the city to make their living,” explained ReFrame’s Hindi ministry leader*. 

When Rajkumar arrived at the building, he grew curious about the ministry that took place there. Rajkumar shared that he is one of a few Christians in his village, and he was looking for resources just like the ones that ReFrame produces to share with members of his small house church – including audio programs, video programs, and devotionals. 

“He was elated,” said ReFrame’s Hindi ministry leader. “He invited us to his village and began opening doors for our ministry there.”

With Rajkumar’s invitation, members of ReFrame’s Hindi ministry team visited about 20 members of the house church in his village. Together, the ministry team shared a short biblical message, prayer, and more resources. 

While new Christians or seekers come from all social classes, the majority of those that ReFrame’s partners meet are from lower income communities, like those in Rajkumar’s village. And while the official caste system of India has been legally removed, ReFrame’s Hindi ministry leader said that it’s still an important factor as to why this is so. 

“Dalits, or those in the lowest caste of society, need the hope of the gospel more than anyone in India” he said, “they have been mistreated time and time again, and God’s Word tells them that this is not God’s way.”

The meeting with Rakjumar’s village was ReFrame’s first in-person event like this after a long period of lockdown in India. As the ministry team plans more visits like this, please pray for brothers and sisters in Christ who live in India. 

*Name withheld.

This article is made possible through a partnership with CRC Ministries within Canada.


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