After graduating from Grace Bible College, Sunder primarily worked as a church planter in Gujarat, India. After planting a church, he moved back to his native state in South India in 2004. Since moving, God has graciously used him and allowed him to plant another church.
Last week, I was blessed to visit and teach in a small village church about four hundred kilometers away. This was a very special trip for me, for I was able to reunite with Pastor Asa*. In 1998, God graciously used me to lead this brother to Christ and then later baptize him. After two years of growth, he recognized God’s call and committed himself wholly to serve the Lord. After Bible training, he went to a village to plant a church among a particular group of people called the Yadav.
The Yadav people are a caste comprised of milkmen, cow-herders, breeders, and laborers. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry. They consist of both land-owning and land-less people. According to the Joshua Project, this particular group is one of the least reached, even though they are found in every state in India and in four countries outside of India. This is not a small people group. It has a population of 58,296,000. It is estimated that less than a hundredth of a percent of these are Christian and extremely close to 100% are Hindu. The need is great.
By God’s grace, Asa has been used to plant three churches among this people group, each in a different village. This man labors with much zeal for Christ and with few resources. In order to meet the needs of his family, he works during the day. In the evenings, he goes out to proclaim the gospel. So far, the majority of those who have responded to the gospel call have been women. The concept of Christianity among this people is that it is a religion for a lower caste. This prevents many of the men from listening to the message.
Pastor Asa recently conducted two days of Bible classes for the church believers. I was blessed to be able to teach three of the sessions. I covered the topics of the infallibility of the Word of God and the sufficiency of Scripture. The Lord seemed to have blessed our time together in fellowship, prayer, and study.
Please pray for these churches, as all of these believers are first generation Christians. Pray that they have an effective witness in their homes and community. Pray that they will grow in the grace of the knowledge of Jesus Christ, passing these truths on to the next generation.