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RAJASTHAN REVIVAL

Even though India is now a major economic power, many people there still live in tribes. Traditionally, most of them have been Hindus, but the "untold story" is that a major shift is taking place in the largest tribal community. In the highlands ... Read Transcript


Reporter: ASK HER WHY

SO MANY TRIBAL PEOPLE ARE

ACCEPTING JESUS CHRIST, AND

HE GETS TEARY-EYED.

WHEN YOU DO GOD'S WORK

FOR YEARS AND BEGIN TO SEE

THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOR, IT

IS OVERWHELMING.

YOU SEE THE CHANGED LIVES

AND THE HAPPINESS ON THE

FACES OF PEOPLE, AND HOW CAN

IT NOT MOVE ME.

Reporter: HERE IN A

CORNER OF ROCHERSTAN, WHERE?

THE MAJORITY FOLLOW

HINDUISM, A CHRISTIAN CHORUS

IS RISING.

THE TRANSFORMATION IS

ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.

FAMILIES STOP PRAYING TO

ANCESTOR -- THEY STOP

DRINKING, AND THEY THEIR

ENTIRE LIFE IS TURNED UP

SIDE DOWN WHEN THEY ACCEPT

JESUS.

Reporter: FOR 10 YEARS,

THE PASTOR SERVED IN A BIG

CITY, VERY MUCH LIKE THIS

ONE.

BUT THEN GOD TUGGED ON HIS

HEART AND TOLD HIM HE HAD TO

GO BACK TO HIS VILLAGE, GO

BACK TO HIS ROOTS, AND GO

BACK TO HIS OWN PEOPLE AND

SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS

CHRIST.

I WAS LIKE JONAH IN THE

BIBLE.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE IN MY

VILLAGE.

I WANTED TO SERVE GOD IN THE

CITY, WHERE THINGS ARE

EASIER.

I WANTED TO REACH OTHERS

WITH THE GOSPEL, NOT MY OWN

PEOPLE.

Reporter: HE POINTS TO

SOHA'S LIFE AS PROOF OF HIS

DECISION TO RETURN.

ONE DAY THE PASTOR TOLD

ME ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, IF I

PUT MY TRUST IN HIM, I WOULD

BE HEALED AND MY LIFE WOULD

BE DIFFERENT.

I DID.

Reporter: SOHA JOINED

178 PEOPLE, AND HERE THEY

WERE BAPTIZED BY PASTOR DEN

ESH.

DENESH.

KNOW ALL OF THESE MEN AND

WOMEN, AND NOW TO BE PART OF

THE SPIRITUAL CORNERSTONE IN

THEIR LIFE IS A GREAT

PRIVILEGE.

AFTER I ACCEPTED CHRIST,

I STOPPED DRINKING, I

STOPPED SMOKING, AND I

STOPPED GETTING INTO

FIGHTS.

GETTING BAPTIZED WAS MY WAY

TO SHOW THE COMMUNITY I'M A

SAVED MAN.

TODAY JESUS CHRIST IS MY

SAVIOR.

Reporter: AND MANO IS

AMONG THE DOZENS OF WOMEN

WHO GOT DUNKED IN THE RIVER

THAT DAY.

I FEEL VERY HAPPY AFTER

MY BAPTISM AND THAT I

RECEIVED CHRIST IN MY

HEART.

I WILL FOLLOW HIM THE REST

OF MY LIFE.

Reporter: AND NOT JUST

HER.

HER HUSBAND AND CHILDREN

DECIDED TO FOLLOW CHRIST.

MY FAMILY IS BLESSED

BECAUSE OF CHRIST, AND

BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS WILLING

TO COME AND SHARE THE GOSPEL

WITH US.

Reporter: PASTOR DENESH

IS A MEMBER OF THE BILL

COMMUNITY, ONE OF THE

LARGEST TRIBES FOUND IN THE

CENTER STATES OF INDIA.

DENESH SAYS FOREIGN

MINISTERS HAVE BEEN

MINISTERING IN THIS AREA FOR

OVER 135 YEARS, AND HAVE

NEVER SEEN THE RESULTS HE IS

WITNESSING TODAY.

CHRISTIANS ARE STILL A

MINORITY WITHIN A MINORITY

IN THESE PARTS, HOWEVER,

REPORTS CLAIM AS MANY AS

300,000 HAVE BECOME

BELIEVERS IN JUST THE LAST

10 YEARS.

MANY OF THEM PARTICULAR

AMONG THE BILL TRIBE.

WE HAVE 42 HOUSE PRAYER

GROUPS MEETING IN ABOUT 22

VILLAGES.

AND WE HAVE ABOUT 32 WORKERS

FROM OUR CHURCH GOING FROM

VILLAGE TO VILLAGE, SHARING

THE GOSPEL.

IN THE COMING YEAR, MY

MISSION IS TO SEND OUT

MISSIONARIES TO OTHER

STATES.

Reporter: GIVANI IS ONE

OF THOSE WHO TRAVELS FROM

VILLAGE TO VILLAGE.

WHEN SHE IS NOT ON THE ROAD,

YOU'LL FIND THIS SPRY

65-YEAR-OLD LEADING A HOUSE

GROUP WITH PASTOR DENESH.

ON THE DAY CBN MET HER, SHE

AND OTHERS WERE HAVING

CHURCH UNDER THIS TREE.

OUR GROUP IS GETTING SO

BIG, WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH

SPACE IN MY HOUSE.

Reporter: ABOUT SIX

YEARS AGO, SHE USED TO ROAM

THE STREETS OF THIS VILLAGE,

IN ESSENCE, AS A MAD WOMAN.

SHE USED TO WALK AROUND

NAKED, BUT THEN SHE HAD AN

ENCOUNTER WITH THIS MAN,

JESUS CHRIST, AND TODAY SHE

LEADS A THRIVING CHURCH HERE

IN ROGERSTAN.

PEOPLE SAID I WAS CURSED

AND PEOPLE MADE FUN OF ME.

THEN I MET PASTOR DENESH,

AND HE PRAYED FOR ME AND I

WAS HEALED.

Reporter: PASTOR DENESH

SAYS THESE TESTIMONIES ARE

JUST ANOTHER REMINDER HOW

IMPORTANT IT IS TO OBEY AND

TRUST GOD.

IS IT EASY?

NO.

DO WE FACE CHALLENGES?

YES.

BUT WE HAVE CHRIST TO LEAN

ON.

HE IS ALL WE NEED TO FACE MY

PEOPLE.

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