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India: Living for Christ

India

Romans 12 in Action
Jesus commanded His followers to “go into all the world” to preach the Good News (Mark 16:15). He knew it would not always be easy. In Romans 12:9-21, the apostle Paul offers guidance to those who want to follow Christ, whatever the cost. Read below about some people in India who followed the Bible’s instructions.

Be patient in tribulation (Romans 12:12)
Two years ago, about 1,500 Bible college graduates met together in Rajasthan, India. The Bible students knew the cost of following Jesus in their state and country. Reports say that radical Hindus in the state of Rajasthan have said they want to get rid of all the Christians in the area. The students stood side by side and made a pledge. Here is part of the pledge:

  • I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my hands to serve all mankind.
  • I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my feet to spread the gospel to all the ends of the earth, no matter the cost.
  • I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my lips by proclaiming the Good News to all who hear.
  • I surrender this body on earth to the perfect will of Jesus, and should my blood be spilled, may it bring forth a mighty harvest of souls. As a soldier of the cross, I stand with the apostle Paul in stating that, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

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Grace & Jay: The Cost of Standing Firm

India

(The following story is a true story. The names of the people in the story are not their real names. Three Indian children about their age are shown in the photo.)

Grace, age 10, and Jay, age 7, are a brother and sister in a very large city in India. Their father, Thomas, is a Christian pastor.

Grace and Jay’s family are “Dalits.” In the past, Dalits were called “untouchables.” Untouchables are the lowest class of people in India’s Hindu caste system. The caste system ranks families into social classes. Today the caste system is illegal, but Dalits still often suffer from poor treatment by Hindus in higher castes. A Christian in India said, “Christians have no caste; we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.”

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