Prabhakaran Keralet leads a small group in Kerala State in southern India. Like many other Global Mission pioneers in India, he faces many challenges. There are 827 tribal settlements in the area in which he works. The population density is especially high in this part of India, crowding the roads and making it difficult to get from place to place. Prabhakaran wishes he could hold more than a few Bible studies a day.
Kerala is one of the most accepting areas of India for Christians. This region has also had more economic growth than most of India during the past decade. Prabhakaran hopes the opportunities in Kerala will work in his favor as he tells his world about Christ Jesus. “I feel privileged to serve among these people,” says Prabhakaran. “Please pray for me, we need your prayers and support to reach these people and bring them to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
Major Languages: Hindi, English, and 16 other official languages
Major Religion: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainsim
Population: 1.14 billion*
Adventist membership: 1.42 million*
Adventist to population ratio: 1:808*
Global Mission pioneers often work in remote or difficult areas, sometimes at great sacrifice. Many pioneers are new Adventists who feel a burden to share their newfound faith with family and friends. They receive only a small stipend to care for their daily needs. Beyond their stipend they need transportation to travel between Bible study groups, and they need training to answer the tough questions that people ask. Your support of fund number 5340will help give them the support they need to take Christ to the unentered areas of the world.
* General Conference Office of Archives and Statistics, 145th Annual Statistical Report
Global Mission pioneers are local people who dedicate at least one year to starting new churches in areas or among people groups where there is little or no Adventist presence.
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