From Empart –
At our regional pastor’s conference last week, Jossy Chacko, founder of Empart, met an older man who has been pastoring with us for a number of years. This man is illiterate! Jossy asked him how this was possible, how did he learn and study the Word to prepare his messages?
Pastor Satish* explained that he sits with his daughter and has her read passages to him over and over until he has them committed to memory. This gives him the Scripture to preach and teach from.
How effective is this method, you may ask? Well, as of last week, Pastor Satish has over half of the entire New Testament memorized! What’s more, he has planted 35 churches and baptized over 1000 believers into the faith! Maybe some of our pastors here in the US should adopt this methodology.
We are so thankful for your prayers. As you carry the needs of pastors like Satish before the throne of grace, remember that your prayers are a vital link in the effectiveness of their work.
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I met this morning with Jossy Chacko. His organization, Empart, has started over 4,000 house churches in north India.
His heart was broken for the poor on a train trip to see the Taj Mahal on his honeymoon. A small boy named Raju was sweeping his train car very diligently. Jossy and his wife befriended the boy and (unbelievably) invited him along on their honeymoon. Over the course of two weeks the boy shared a remarkable sagacity for one so young about things beyond his years: sex trafficking, the selling of human body parts, and other unmentionables he had already witnessed.
Jossy says the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” was under-done. Conditions for the poor in the slums of India — about 718 million people — are much worse than portrayed.
At a critical point in Jossy’s life he discovered this important truth: “The only reason for me to exist is to fulfill the Great Commission.”
Jossy says that Patrick Johnstone first informed him that there are more people in north India who have never heard the Gospel than any other country in the world. Further, Johnstone maintains that north India will be the touchstone of success or failure of the missions movement in the years ahead.