In conversation with our brother Matthew, I asked him to provide a letter of his extensive work in India which requires assistance at this time. This letter is longer than usual, but the historical element is necessary for understanding how native people conceive their ‘origins’ in the faith there in India. It remains to be said that your contributions will be greatly appreciated! Brother Darrell
Dear WMF members,
I have prepared this letter both to communicate a new concern we are facing, and too hopefully to bring a greater understanding of our missions work in South Asia.
I graduated from Dallas Baptist University, and Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. Upon my graduation, I was approached by Indian Christian Ministry groups in the U.S.A., Canada and Great Britain. They were looking for a pastor, but my passion has never been to be a pastor in the West, but to raise up grassroots pastors, teachers, and evangelists in the East. My multi-lingual and multicultural position is vital to communicating and raising up people in South Asia— districts in which some list the people as unreachable to the Gospel.
Hindus and Moslems Accept Christ Too
The Easter and Christmas season offer the greatest opportunity to reach the people of Asia. We have used this opportunity very effectively; when you see Hindu and Moslem children and their parents attending our Christmas Child Gala, and Operation Child Asia events scurrying about hoping to be picked to play the part of Mary or Joseph or a shepherd in the Christmas nativity play. During that time they learn by heart many scriptures. Yes, you begin to realize the walls to the gospel are often not the indigenous people but a cultural communication clash with western style evangelism. We have seen hundreds of Moslems and Hindus accept Christ. Many are trained to be pastors who start church after church— in places we are told the church is not welcome.
Indic Region: Understanding its Past
The Bharat, the modern day South Asia or Indian sub continent has the largest Vedic & Semitic people groups in the world, and it is the hardest mission field with the largest non-Christian population in the world. There is a long time relationship between Vedic (idol or Polytheistic Worshipers) and Semitic (Monotheistic Worshipers). Among some groups in India it is believed that Abram the Aramaean came out from the Vedic faith and established the Semitic faith, and he had been known as Abram the Hebrew. Furthermore it is believed that he continued to maintain the relationship to the East, but did not compromise the faith.
In 1000 BCE, King David, and after him King Solomon had a very strong relationship with that region. During that time, for political and business reasons, large numbers of Israelites migrated to Bharat (modern day South Asia or the greater India). Since then the migration has continued to Indian sub continent. After King Solomon, in 930 BCE the Kingdom of Israel split into two nations, the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom. In approximately 700 BCE, the King of Assyria conquered the Northern Kingdom (Kingdom of Israel), and captured the capital city of Samaria, in the territory of Ephraim son of Joseph. As the result the Kingdom of Israel scattered to the East.
Around 600 BCE the Babylonians attacked the Southern Kingdom (Kingdom of Judah). During 470 BCE King Xerxes become the ruler of that region, and he reigned from Ethiopia to India (Esther 1:1) in the 1st century BCE Kingdom of Judah lost her independence to the Roman Empire. Then the Southern Kingdom (Kingdom of Judah) scattered to the west. However, many Israelites travel to the east, South Asia including the apostle Thomas. Apparently, the Apostle Thomas took the message of the Messiah to the Children of Israelites in India; including my ancestors who would become followers of the Christ JESUS.
Israel and India
The present government of India holds a strong anti Christian sentiment, and you may have heard of the recent persecutions. However, the relations between Israel and India are much stronger than ever before. I think it is like King Solomon’s and King Xerxes’ time. In January, 2018 Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel visited Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India signed many agreements. Then Netanyahu asked Modi to read the Bible and Modi agreed it. I believe it is a great opportunity for us to establish a much greater relationship with the people of India to introduce God of Israel and the eternal love of Christ by using the comparison and contrast platform of Vedic faith and Semitic faith without compromising like father Abraham did.
An Effective Missions Platform
In the past forty-four years of ministry God has used me to build this platform among the descendants of the Vedic and Semitic people groups. We established a Leprosy Mission in 15 Leper Colonies through our Compassion Ministry of Christ. We started Village Fellowships in over 350 villages through our Church Planting Ministry of Christ, and established 3 Bible Training Centers through the Evangelism Ministry of Christ. The experience as a board member and as a missionary I have received under the leadership of Dr. Charles Rogers of World Ministry Fellowship is unexplainable. I was able to gain some very special knowledge through my research in “the Biblical Patriarchs Antediluvian and Postdiluvian” To God be the glory!
Now a New Concern
Most importantly, a new burden is upon us. We lost the lease one of our Bible Training Centers. It is very difficult to find a convenient location for Christian activities in that area. We have been told to vacate the property within the next five months. We have a small plot (44’x30') available to build on. The plot will accommodate a three story structure and it will cost $15,000.00 to build. That structure will provide plenty of room for the Bible Center to move in. These Bible Centers is where we teach ministry students how to start grassroots fellowships in the interior villages and to preach God of Israel and the love of Christ.
Our present concern has implications for tomorrow. $15,000.00 is needed and will complete the Bible Training Center structure and roof. Each floor is $5,000. Later we will concern ourselves with electricity, water, cemented floors and furnishings. Until then, classes can begin and it will be a wonderful Bible Center under our control. It’s possible someone may want to know more about completing the electricity or water, etc., that’s great. However, our greatest concern is having walls and a roof by June to keep us dry before the monsoon season starts. Please pray, shutting down this Bible Training Center would be a great loss for all of us and the Great Commission in that area. We need it to preach the God of Israel in that area. If the Holy Spirit leads you to help us, please know that anything you can do is much appreciated.
Bags of cement, rebar, water and sand are the simple ingredients for both houses of evil and for a house of blessing. In answering the mandate of Christ “to make disciples” we believe this Bible Training Center is our best long-term solution. Our students deserve our best to continue.
Pray With Us!
Lord, help us build YOUR house to take YOUR Gospel into this dry and thirsty land ready to hear and believe.
Workers Together in Christ,
Mathew C Kuruvilla
WMF Missions Board