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.
ReFrame’s Hindi Ministry at a Glance
ReFrame’s partners in India are reaching people through all forms of media ministry, especially during the ongoing pandemic.
Audio and Video:
A tried and true way of sharing the gospel, ReFrame’s staff produce three audio and three video programs that are available online and on radio stations across northern India.
“I used to listen to your Hindi programs on the radio without fail. As I listened again recently, I felt all my burdens and guilt lift out of my heart. The Lord’s peace and joy began overflowing in my life.”
ReFrame’s Hindi ministry publishes new books and magazines that unpack the truth of Scripture. Every month about 8,000 people receive print resources, which are a blessing to both the readers and the writers.
Shalini is a shy woman, but she is also a talented writer with an amazing faith testimony. She sensed God calling her to share her story in our magazine, and this has blessed others with her testimony and given her confidence to share her faith.
Many readers and listeners are from the lowest castes in Indian society. In addition to providing spiritual nourishment, your partners have distributed food to these people who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
“Thank you so much for reaching out to us with these food supplies. I wish all blessings to your ministry as you reach out with love and compassion to the people who are desperately in need.”
Using WhatsApp, one of the most popular phone apps in India, Hindi ministry partners answer questions, share audio programs, and connect believers.
Anup joined ReFrame’s WhatsApp group after spending a few scary days in the hospital earlier this year. He heard about our programs through a friend and has since been listening to the programs and reaching out with questions about the Christian faith.
This article is made possible through a partnership with CRC Ministries within Canada.