Orissa, India has been the focus of so much pain and terror. In just a few days, God’s love is about to be revealed to people who have faced injustice, humiliation and fear.
Together we are making a difference.
The religious tension in Orissa first came to the world’s attention in January 1999, when Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were killed, while trapped in a car that was set on fire. The mob responsible for their deaths was led by a militant political activist, and all the perpetrators of this crime continue to roam freely.
Attacks in Orissa have included killing priests and pastors, raping nuns and other Christian women, vandalizing churches, schools and cemeteries and forcing thousands of Christians to convert to Hinduism.
Christmas was a particularly painful time, when religious fundamentalists attacked and destroyed many churches; a large number of christians were injured and made homeless.
In August 2008 hindu fundamentalists were gunned down by a communist group, but christians were blamed, and again a vicious assault on the christian community was launched. In one night there were violent attacks on 35 separate christian centers in Orissa; bombs, killings and vandalism, even a church-run orphanage was attacked and its caretaker was set ablaze and burned to death.
These people have suffered in a way most of us may never know.
One of the reasons for the attacks is that large numbers of “untouchables”, the poorest of India’s population, have become believers in Jesus, and now they were being forced to convert back to Hinduism.
Yet, there is hope, because during this whole time, the small struggling church has stood strong. One pastor said, “Even if they kill us, this will cause thousands to come to Christ”.
One woman, who believed in Jesus, was killed while on the way to harvest a rice patty. Another woman, Lalita Digal, was dragged from the home and murdered while just visiting a friend in a village. In many of these cases there have been no arrests and no serious investigation.
You may wonder why in the world is World Impact Ministries getting involved in Orissa. People say, “Peter, why do you go to places that are so difficult?”
The answer lies in the Greek word “kairos”, which means “the opportune time”. For the past 11 years, there have been no large-scale Gospel campaigns in Orissa, as tension, uncertainty and fear has ruled the day. Now there is a shift in the government, and the door has opened just a bit.
I will be in Orissa in a few days because now is the opportune time. Proverbs tells us, “He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.” (Proverbs 10:5).
It is harvest time! We must not sleep when the great opportunity is right before us. This is Orissa’s time.
Our budget is $185,000, and we expect well over 100,000 people to come to Christ. So far, we have received $67,000. Thank You! I don’t know how the remaining $118,000 need will be met, but I do know if everyone who read this participates, we will have total victory.
If 100 people will give $1,180, the need will be met. Or if 1,000 will give $118, or 2,000 people giving $59.
The financial seed you give will be put directly into Gospel seed without delay. We just have a few days. Please do what you can, whether that is $59, or $118, or $1,180 or even more. Thank you for making history!
I’ve just released a new, 3 CD album called “The Supernatural Realm: Signs, Wonders and Miracles in Everyday Living”. When you plant your seed gift for the Gospel campaign in Orissa, be sure to ask for your copy of this new teaching album.
Please take the following steps:
1.Visit our Donation Page and give your BEST SEED GIFT, for total victory in the historical Orissa campaign.
2.Ask for the CD album “The Supernatural Realm”
3.Send your prayer requests for the Grace Prayer Centre.
Thank you also for your prayers. My team is on the ground in Orissa. We know that we can only succeed by the grace and favor of God. It is, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD” (Zechariah 4:6). The spirit of God’s grace gives us the victory. Thank you for standing shoulder to shoulder with me in this campaign. I will look for your response.
Together in the Gospel,
P.S. Our Prayer Centre, at 1-800-974-7223 is always open. You can also call with your seed offering or to order any material, using your credit card. Whatever way you respond, I look forward to hear from you in the next few days. Time is of essence. Thank You!Give Your Best Seed HereMy Prayer Request