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Planting a Church in India
Tabitha continues, "These troubles made me desperate for help. I cried to every god for help, even to an unknown god...to someone who could hear and answer me." For many years, this continued until she had a dream about Jesus Christ.
She says, "I accepted Christ under extraordinary circumstances. I had a vision or a dream, and I knew it was Jesus. I knew without a doubt my life would change. I gave my life to Jesus."
Tabitha faced a lot of ridicule for her new faith in Christ. Her community and family started treating her as low caste. She explains, "When I removed my bindi (a red dot worn on the center of the forehead), I was criticized for abandoning my culture and traditions. I was treated as an untouchable." Her family quit inviting her to events or accepting her invitations.
A Vision to Plant a Church
But Tabitha believed God wanted to use her. Eventually, she heard about Church Planter Training from a pastor at a local church and wanted to attend.
Church Planter Training gave her a vision to plant a church in her village. She went to many houses throughout her village to share the Gospel. Right now, because of the culture in India, Tabitha finds it best to mostly reach out to other women and children. Her dedication to sharing God's Word has made a difference, and she started a house church. Now 27 people regularly attend.
Sowing Seeds for Christ
Because of this, Esther got married early. "I have two boys and six girls. I lost my husband a few months ago," she says solemnly. Esther’s husband became a Christian not long before he died, and she thought nothing of it when his former pastor invited her to his home.
"When I got there, I saw some of the church members, and he invited me to join them. It was a Project Philip
Bible study." After the lesson was over, they could ask questions, and Esther wanted to know more about forgiveness. "I hardly forgave anybody who wronged me," she says. "I was very quarrelsome, easily offended, and I did not associate with others."
The Philip (a Project Philip
Bible study leader) explained that everyone sins, but God forgives when we repent.
Sharing the Gospel
"After I accepted Christ and continued my studies, I did not get as easily offended. I have been changed," she beams. "When I was given a Bible, it felt like I was receiving God's power into my home. With the knowledge I have acquired from Project Philip
, I have been able to share the Gospel with my father, and he has also given his life to Christ!"
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