Many of them living in these colonies their main income depended on the money they made by begging in trains, public places and in bus stands in big cities across southern India. With an unexpected lockdown in place, they had no way of earning any income. This put many families living in this colony in great difficulty
"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?
How are they to believe in him of whom they haven't heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?"
- Romans 10:14
On 24th March 2019, the Prime Minister of India ordered a nation wide lockdown for 21 days limiting movement of the entire 1.3 billion population of India as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Many were severely affected due to this sudden lockdown that was later extended until the end of May.
"God’s Word is persuasive having the potential to slowly chip away at a human being till the truth strikes his heart. We distributed the players whispering a prayer that it would change the whole Banchhada community."
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' - Matthew 25:40 Every day for the past 35 days, the villagers had diligently gathered around the bore well and prayed earnestly for rain. They chose not to give up on a God who does everything beautifully in HIS time. God heard thier prayers.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” -John 1.5
"As he gave me his hand, I noticed that Samikannu had no fingers in both his hands. Yes, leprosy had taken its toll on Samikannu." Read on to know more about Samikannu and his story.
Thirty Seven years have passed and when we look back we can only thank God for enabling and rewarding Mr. Sundara Rajan for his faith and perseverance. Thousands of Audio Bibles have been shipped out of our offices and WCOI has recorded the Bible in Audio in over 90 Indian Languages. WCOI has evolved with every passing year adapting itself to newer technology for recording and distributing the Bible.
Watch a short clip about how this Pastor found it very difficult to read after he lost his eyesight in an accident. He suddenly had to depend on some one to read the Bible out for him. The Audio Bible is now helping him in his ministry. He is now able to hear God's word in Audio any time anywhere. This was an answer to his prayers. Many like this pastor still wait to hear God's word in Audio.
While visiting the Pastor's home over lunch we casually asked him as to how long does it take for electricity to come back after a power cut. He told us that it had been more than 3 months since they have had electricity in their village. He went on to tell us how much these solar powered audio Bibles would help people especially when it is dark. As we walked back to our vehicle from the distribution, we literally heard the audio bible being played in every small house with the family sitting around. It was such a beautiful sight.