MISSION: POSSIBLE! posted by jwatson on Sep 30, 2011
Evangelism Explosion has been equipping pastors and lay leaders in how to equip others to share the life-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ for years. The concept of spiritual multiplication, not just adding to God’s kingdom one-by-one, but multiplying the numbers into God’s kingdom by training others who train others is the only way to keep up with a multiplying population.
What EE is about to undertake in India goes beyond spiritual multiplication. We call it multiplication PLUS.
One of our India staff members, Dolphy Oliver, has been commissioned by EE to do something that perhaps no other person in India has ever done. Dolphy is going to fearlessly train 300 pastors of house churches in one of the most dangerous, fierce, and geographically difficult areas in the world—northern India. The pastors from these 10 regions in India will learn how to effectively share their Christian faith. They will also receive very specific training on how to shepherd at least 10 other pastors each in their regions to share their own faith. THAT’S the multiplication PLUS!
These pastors not only shepherd congregations, they shepherd other pastors of other churches. That is at least 3,000 pastors ready to effectively share their faith and be witnesses to the strengthening of Christ’s Church in a place touted as “impossible to reach.” There is no doubt this strengthening will impact the entire nation.
Dolphy will be starting the cycle of spiritual multiplication PLUS in northern India. Due to the sheer size of India’s population, and training pastors who will train other pastors, it will be multiplication like we have never seen in history before.
India ready to pass China with world’s largest population?
Did you know that 1 out of every 6 people lives in India?
We have approximately 300 million people living in the U.S. today. In comparison, India has over 1.2 billion and is in position to take the lead from China in 2030 as having the world’s largest population. Yet, Christians comprise a miniscule 2 percent of the population in India.
Just as shocking is that 50 percent of the population is under the age of 25! Sixty-five percent of the population is below the age of 35. And, over 70 percent of the population lives in approximately 638,000 outlying villages—not the larger cities like Mumbai or Delhi.
No TV. No radio.
With the dangerous terrain, persecution of Christians, poverty, and other harsh conditions, reaching these people groups is considered “impossible.” But, Dolphy Oliver, an EE India staff member, feels that God has called him to the right place at the right time with the right support to bring the Gospel to northern India.