Campaign in India Highly Successful and Goats
by: Stafford North | February 11, 2019
In a gospel campaign from December 28, 2018 through January 1, 2019, brothers in Christ who are teachers and students in our Saturday Bible schools in three states did a search and rescue mission for lost souls. During the five days, 1068 souls were baptized. The states in India where the campaign took place were Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana where the combined population is 1,700,000. The brothers worked as Philip the evangelist did in Samaria to preach “the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ,” and “both men and women were baptized” (Acts 8:12).
Waldron also reported about Operation Compassion in which contributors had provided the funds to buy goats for 636 widows and a brother with only one leg for whom a small shop was set up. About two dozen of these widows requested help for a small shop or cloth to use for tailoring.
The goats cost about $65 each and a widow was given five goats with one additional goat for each child under the age of nineteen. The average number of goats given was 5. 3 per widow. Pictured is Jayanthi who is thirty-five and has four children. She received nine goats and with these can sell milk and produce goats for sale, thus providing great help for her income.
The women are members of the church and Peter Wilson, a teacher in the Tamil Nadu Bible School, encouraged these widows to be faithful all of their lives. He also taught them that they should give back to the Lord. He saw at a Sunday service two bags which had been given to the Lord. One contained rice and the other a live rooster who got out of the bag and had to be caught and put back in. Such contributions are used to support orphans and widows who need help with food.
These evangelists worked both day and night going from door to door distributing tracts and holding tent meetings. Many in India are open to the gospel.