Orissa, in northern India, is one of the staunchest Hindu regions of India. This is supposedly the home of “Jagannath” (Sanskrit for “The prince of the world”), one of the major deities of Hinduism’s 330 million gods and goddesses. This is the State where Hindu fanatics have often burned churches and brutally persecuted and killed Christians.
I used to minister extensively in Orissa in the late ‘80s, holding open air crusades and planting churches in unreached areas of the state.
This story is from when I went to hold a crusade in the town of Jeodegri in the Phulbani District of Orissa. The Hindu Extremist Organization RSS had gone on a rampage, beating up and killing Christians and burning around 20 churches in the area.
My team and I stayed in a crumbling “Mission House” over 100 years old built by missionary pioneers of old. We realized that we were walking in the footsteps of men and women of God who had gone before us and had paid a heavy price sowing the precious seed of the Gospel in such a difficult and heathen land. Now it was our turn. Continue reading...