What is the need for it now?
India holds almost one-fifth of the world’s population. With 1.4 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world. Nearly 70 per cent of the country’s population lives in rural areas, across 649,000 villages. Hindus make up 80% of the population and Christians represent less than 5% of the population. India has less than 50 million Evangelicals. India has missed out on the good news of the Gospel more than anywhere else on the earth and now is the time to bring light to the spiritually dark places.
Those dedicated to the Holy calling to serve the Master at His vineyard, and the volunteer missionaries endeavor to further the kingdom of God by preaching the Gospel and serving Jesus Christ in their own communities throughout India. They bring the message of the liberating truth and power of the message of Jesus Christ to plant strong communities of faith that continue to grow and multiply. Having adopted a strategy of prayer walking the villages and have seen tremendous results, they are able to plant house churches in a short time. Missionaries also go from house to house, preaching the Gospel to the poor, proclaiming release to the captives, setting free those who are oppressed and leading the people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Rural villages in Asia are difficult places. Difficult to get to—it takes hours of driving on deeply rutted dirt roads to get to them. Difficult to live in—modern conveniences like electricity and running water are often nonexistent. But most important, they’re difficult places to learn about Jesus. Villagers imitate those they are fond of, which goes without saying that we, who represent Christ ought to be extra cautious about our actions. Here is the testimony of a village missionary in Asia who first shared the gospel thr her actions and not by words. It’s here that God called Marta, a village missionary, to serve. Each morning, Marta walks the short distance to the school where she ministers, excited to spend the day with her students. She knows each one by name. As a Christian, Marta is cautious when sharing her faith with the students and the other teachers. Sharing the gospel in many regions of Asia is frowned upon—and in some cases it’s even illegal. Marta talks about Jesus as she is able, but she focuses on being Christlike in her actions—showering love and compassion on the children each opportunity she gets. Recently, Marta had the opportunity to visit one of the nearby villages and meet some of the families of the students she teaches at school. It was here, despite the risk, that she felt Jesus leading her to share the good news. Through a translator (who was not Christian), Marta shared God’s story, starting from creation and ending with things yet to come. When Marta finished, the head of the village approached her and said, “We have heard this story before. It is not new to us. Before we did not believe, but now that you have come we choose to believe.” God had used Marta’s loving kindness toward the children to prepare the hearts of the villagers so they would believe that what she told them is really true. That day, the entire village, including the interpreter (more than 30 people!), believed in Jesus. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). Marta’s story is a great example of the powerful way to draw people to God as they become His disciples—and then they make other disciples.
Our dedicated pastors are seeing tremendous results. They touch hundreds of people with the life changing message of Jesus Christ, establish strong communities of faith and plant churches in the villages they are serving. The village evangelism outreaches are very fruitful and cost effective as days progress. Thousands of people hear the life transforming message for the very first time in their life through the evangelism outreaches and are accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
We at AJC, make it a point to sow the gospel in those villages where there is not yet been a church, no matter what the denomination it belongs to. Hereby, we choose villages who haven't heard the name, "JESUS" even once. We don't step into villages where already a church is established, for we believe that through this existing church, the village will receive the salvation in days to come. After much ground-work on the details and statistics of the chosen village, we march out to reach the village for Christ. Indeed AJC has planted about a hundred village churches with dedicated Pastors to lead the villagers out of bondage, into joy, deliverance, healing and eternal life.