By Jean Corbett
In a recent Mission Planning Committee, everyone was in agreement that we are encouraged and inspired for missions through the stories of people’s lives. Johnnie and I have been privileged to lead four missions to northeast India in the Diocese of Durgapur, West Bengal, India. You might enjoy the following story as much as I did. Himachal Pradesh is about 2,000 miles north of Durgapur.
I received the following report from Mission Catalyst News, by Marti Wade of Columbia, SC. To receive an email subscription visit www.missionscatalyst.net.
The eagle and the cell phone
One of the greatest privileges we (Missions Catalyst) have is when we meet and pray with church and ministry leaders throughout Asia. They share both exciting testimonies as well as the intense struggles they are experiencing. Recently we sat down for lunch with one leader who serves God in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
With mountains up to 6,800 meters (22,300 feet) above sea-level, Himachal Pradesh contains many hidden tribes and ethnic groups that have yet to hear the name of Jesus. According to Joshua Project, Himachal Pradesh is home to a staggering 367 people groups, of which 350 remain unreached (less than two percent Christian).
Our friend shared an amazing story, which reveals how keen God is to reveal His Son to the precious unreached tribes of this remote region. Last year a teenage girl we will call Sarita heard the Gospel and believed. She was the first known Christian in her village, and the Hindu leaders were angry and tried to get her to renounce Christ. Sarita refused and continued to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
One day Sarita went to the forest to cut grass for the animals. After working several hours she sat down for a rest when a crow suddenly swooped down, snatched up her cell phone in its claws and flew off! The young sister was deeply upset, as she had not owned the phone for long and she used it to communicate with Christian friends and receive online Bible teaching.
When she returned home, Sarita related what had happened and the Hindu villagers mocked her. Undeterred, the young Christian told them that Jesus is the Living God who controls nature. She told them she was going to pray and ask Him to do a miracle. This made them laugh even more!
Three days later, when many of the villagers were outside working in the hot sun, they saw an eagle slowly circling overhead, with an object in its claws. Thinking it was probably a mouse or other small animal, they watched in amazement as the eagle glided in low to the ground (something they never do). As it flew over the village it gently dropped the object right next to where Sarita was sitting, before flying off. The people rushed over and were astonished to see that the eagle had returned Sarita’s cell phone, still in perfect working condition!
This miracle had a powerful impact on the whole community. They no longer opposed Sarita’s faith, and they agreed that Jesus is the Living God. Many asked to hear about God, and the Gospel spread to many Hindus who had never previously heard the name of Jesus Christ before in their lives. Many were saved and today there is a church in this remote village!
Asia Harvest is currently supporting more than 20 local evangelists in Himachal Pradesh through our Asian Workers’ Fund. Please pray the 350 unreached tribes in this needy region will soon hear the Gospel, and the praises of God will sound throughout the peaks and valleys of this beautiful land.
Until All Have Heard of Jesus,
The team at Asia Harvest www.asiaharvest.org
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