Signs and Wonders – and Sweat and Blood
An indigenous missionary in South Asia has seen miraculous healings and thousands of people come to Christ, but his work has been anything but easy.
A medical doctor familiar with Western comforts, Vinay* eschewed status and stability to devote his life to poor, remote peoples who are without Christ. That means travel on perilous paths, sleeping alongside jungle insects and snakes, and preaching amid hostile Hindus and Buddhists.
Miracles of healing and hearing God’s direction, it seems, come to those willing to make sacrifices.
“There’s risks involved, but then you know there’s the joy of the Lord,” Vinay said. “Nothing else matters as long as you know you’re fulfilling God’s will for your life.”
His ministry has 150 missionaries who have planted hundreds of congregations among otherwise unreached peoples in his country, but recently he felt God calling him to church leaders in a neighboring country to share his passion for bringing Christ to the unreached.
“The need is so great, but we have to ask ourselves, ‘Am I willing to make the adjustments so they can be reached?”
“At first the pastors’ hearts were skeptical, but then the flow of the Spirit broke their hearts,” he said.
On one occasion he and his team paddled 100 miles up river to attend a meeting of pastors. When they arrived, they were told that the schedule was full and there was no time for them to speak.
Vinay’s colleague pleaded with the event organizer to let him speak for five minutes.
“The guy said, ‘Okay, you can have five minutes.’ And within five minutes, they were in tears,” Vinay said. “I just shared my burden for lost souls and raising up missionary training centers in their country.”
In his own country, entire villages have become Christian, but hundreds of thousands of villages remain entirely unreached, he said.
“No missionary has set his foot in these villages,” he said. “The need is so great, but we have to ask ourselves, ‘Am I willing to make the adjustments so they can be reached?’ If I can make those adjustments, I think God is willing to give me nations.”
Some nations (ethnic peoples) are so remote and primitive that they kill visitors on sight, he said. As to how such tribes can be saved, he said that sometimes a seed has to fall to the ground and die to yield a crop.
“If it is at the cost of our lives, then so be it,” he said. “When the harvest is plentiful but laborers are few, your heart aches along with God’s heart, but then you intercede, you pray. And knowing that you are in the center of God’s will, that is the satisfaction that you get.”
Indigenous missionaries such as Vinay are living sacrificially to establish the kingdom of God throughout South Asia. Please consider a gift today to help them bring hope and healing to people crippled by sin.
*Name changed for security reasons