India – The Ripe Harvest
India, the land of hundred different languages, thousands of gods, scintillating colours, extreme poverty and extreme wealth.
India has fascinated me since childhood and in my 50s I had the opportunity to visit this country. Three weeks trekking in the Himalayas with a knowledgeable Hindu guide and caring Muslim pony men.
Later I visited the graceful TajMahal and the colourful craft shops in Agra. As a lover of handicraft it was a joy to see the expertly crafted items; from delicate, painted silks to boldy engraved brass vases.
The Indian women so elegant in their flowing saris and the men handsome and polite.
Several years after this visit I became a born-again Christian and met missionaries who had spent time in India. I myself spent several weeks as bible teacher in Bangladesh, which not long ago was part of India itself.
These days I communicate with several Indian internet penpals. Through these contacts I have learned much about Indian family life, their joys, sorrows and their awareness of God.
In this article I would like to talk about two of my Indian Hindu penpals.
One, lets call him PJ, is a respected professional man in a large Central Indian city. He has a wife and a lovely little daughter. His photo shows the girl in jeans and a Barbie top. Western clothes are a statement of affluence in modern India.
Yet family life is still very traditional and most marriages are arranged by the parents. So also PJ’s marriage about 10 years ago when he was in his early thirties. The couple are content with each other but PJ longs for more contact with other people outside his home and business.
In his messages I noticed an unusual interest in the occult, which is not uncommon among Hindus. PJ had sought out some people with decidedly demonic leanings and he sought my opinion on this. As a Christian I was able to warn him of the dangers, to himself and his family, with which he was toying and I am glad to say that several days later I received a message from telling me that he cut those connections, and thanking me for the warning. He is also aware that our God forbids contact with occult forces because he has read the Bible.
Unfortunately, PJ is still a solid follower of the Hindu faith but my prayers are that someday soon he will come to know the true God and Lord Jesus Christ.
Another Indian penpal, Krishna, (not his real name), is also tertiary educated and works as manager in the Personnel Department of a huge company. Even in that position he has to work 12-hour shifts because production continues day and night.
Krishna, in his early 40s, also had his marriage arranged by the parents about 18 years ago. The couple has a son, 17. Unfortunately, after the birth of their child his wife refused him any physical contact. Research shows that this is not uncommon in arranged marriages.
Krishna and his wife both live in his parent’s house but she occupies a separate floor and has her own household where she cares for herself and her son.
Krishna, not being a very assertive person has accepted the situation but bitterness was growing in his heart. Divorce is very difficult and expensive to obtain in Hindu culture.
Thank God, after talking with Krishna on the net for a while he became open to the idea of forgiveness. Lately he has begun smiling at his wife every time he meets her in the house. I suggested he give her some flowers and he did this. Recently they even went out together to a family celebration. The first time in many years.
Krishna also asked me for a Bible and has now started reading the New Testament, I sent him. When he received it, he asked if he needed to undergo some ritual cleansing before he could touch the book. I explained to him that the true God looks into the hearts rather than on the hands.
Since I am a Bible teacher I can also help him with questions that may arise. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will touch his heart and the whole family will come to know Jesus Christ.
The harvest in India is ripe and these days there are so many doors open through which to bring the Good News.
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