Men with drums in India
Jonathan is a VOM worker who travels to other countries to meet with persecuted Christians and to encourage them. On one of his trips to India, he met with a group of pastors, leaders, and missionaries. The Indian Christians worked in the state of Uttar Pradesh where most of the people are Hindus. (Find more about Hinduism here.)
Read below about Jonathan’s conversation with one of the Christians.
I asked him, “Brother, tell me about your work.”
He said, “My brother, the Lord has given me a wonderful ministry. I ride my bicycle to a village where there are no Christians, and I bang on my drum.”
He has a simple bike, but he had a drum on the middle of the crossbar. Behind him he had a little lantern sitting on some gospel tracts. He had a little speaker on the front of his bicycle.
Now imagine that. Imagine if we all went to the mall and banged on a drum in the parking lot.
A crowd comes around him and says, “Why is he banging on a drum?” When they gather around him, he preaches the gospel.
I asked him, “How does that go?”
He answered, “Sometimes it is amazing. The people hear the gospel; their heart is touched and changed. We see them repent. We see the start of a new church.”
I said to him, “That is incredible. What about other times?”
He said, “Oh, they beat me.”
I said, “Brother, I am so sorry. What do you do then? What do you do after they beat you?”
He said, “When I wake up, I ride to the next village.”
So I will ask you a simple question. When was the last time you shared the gospel with someone? It is real easy in the U.S. We need to be preaching the gospel.
(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length and clarity.)
To Talk About
Jonathan said that Uttar Pradesh, where the bicycle evangelist worked, has about 200 million people. Ten years ago, Jonathan said, almost no Christians lived there. Now Uttar Pradesh is about 3 percent Christian. What is 3 percent of 200 million?