One of the places was the state of Bihar in remote North India, where we met pastors and leaders who could not even read or write. Bihar is probably one of the most backward states in India in terms of education, as well as economic and spiritual development. On visiting this place, we literally found “spiritual darkness” in the minds of the pastors. Even a basic knowledge of Biblical principles was lacking in this area.
What touched Danny and me most was when a pastor said to us, with tears in his eyes, “I cannot read or write, but now you have given me this SD card to listen to and I can hear and understand new things from God’s Word that I would never have had the opportunity to know if you had not brought this to me!”
The other place we visited was the very distant Andaman Islands, which lie out in the middle of the ocean between India and Myanmar. In the Andamans, we went to the remotest areas, driving through the far north islands—travelling through two thick jungles which are inhabited by the Jarawa tribes and then crossing two seas by boat between the islands. We were confronted by the tribes at one point with all their weapons. They demanded food and took all we had.
When we held the Bible teaching conferences, it reminded me that these pastors were, in a sense, like the tribes—deprived of spiritual food as they live so far away from the rest of Indian society. The tears we saw in their eyes as we taught on and prayed for deliverance from demons, curses and bondages reminded us that they are striving on their own with so little encouragement. As Derek Prince Ministries, we were bringing them great comfort and strengthening them to press ahead in their God-given vision. (Even though you have a vision, you still need the encouragement to persevere in it—and I think that is exactly where DPM has stepped in.)
Danny and I (Elsie) were able to train pastors who belonged to a group of tribes called “the Karens” in the Andamans (originally from Myanmar). There is now a big spiritual breakthrough amongst this people group, and we have been blessed to teach the pastors who are going to reach these people with the Gospel.
“And this Gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Your generous support of DPM’s India outreach has helped enable us to make these vital trips. We would like to say a huge “thank you” for partnering with us.
We cannot do this without your support and prayer. Your gift enables us to fulfill Matthew 24:14 and obey the mandate to “reach the unreached and teach the untaught.”