The man was a Philip, a Project Philip Bible study leader. “We received Jesus into our lives,” says Rajesh. He then completed Project Philip Bible studies and committed himself to sharing God’s Word with the Banjara people.
“I wanted to reach my own tribe with the Gospel,” Rajesh explains. “I belong to God, but I also belong to the Banjara.” Rajesh was frustrated at first when he tried sharing the Good News within his own community, but once he used the skills he learned through Project Philip, his efforts improved. “I am getting positive responses from the people,” Rajesh beams. “More and more people keep responding to the hope in God’s Word!”
Although Rajesh is very enthusiastic about his work, he faces persecution from the leaders in his village. “The village heads are not happy with my work among the people,” he says somberly. “They oppose me and won’t listen to me at all. They argue with me about not changing our customs and traditions.”
Rajesh says, “God has changed my life, and I have a new purpose. I will not be deterred from sharing the Word of God.” He remains committed to his people. “The Gospel is touching their lives,” he explains. “And I am grateful to you for supplying the Bibles and resources that make it possible for me to continue this ministry.”