India: A Movie Changes Hearts
Tessie DeVore leads the Lumo Project. The project distributes gospel movies in different languages to people all over the world. DeVore shared the following story with Todd Nettleton at vomradio.net.
A man and woman in Kolkata, India, were not Christians, but Christians had been praying for them. Someone brought a movie about Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to their village and said to them, “I have a film. Can we show it at your house?” The visitor wanted to share the gospel with people in the village.
The man and woman said, “Great! It’s a film! Let’s do it.” They invited neighbors and others to watch the movie with them.
Other neighbors became extremely upset. The barged into the house and started beating the couple. They also called the police and reported the man and woman for showing a Christian film. The couple thought the police would surely arrest them and put them in jail. [Police in parts of India often do not take the side of Christians, even when Christians are victims of attacks.]
But when the police showed up, it was amazing! They asked the neighbors that beat the couple, “Why are you doing this? Let them be free to show whatever they want in their house!”
Not only that, but the police told the neighbors who complained, “If you do this again, we will arrest you for barging in and beating them up.”
The man and woman believed that it was a miracle that the police had not blamed them for the trouble. They looked at each other and said, “The God of this movie is the one who changed the hearts of the police.” They gave their lives to Jesus right then and there.
Since then, they have started a group at their house. About 20 people come every week to watch the film and to talk about the gospel!
To Think About
*If you share Christian books or videos with someone, will you have to fear that you might get arrested?
*Can you think of anyone with whom you could share a Bible or other Christian resource?