This Summer I had the privilege of meeting a wonderful young pastor from India, named Rufus. He’s very well educated, spoke beautiful English, had an infectious laugh and leads a very fruitful ministry to the Yanadi people, the poorest of the poor in India. His father pastored a very successful church in metropolitan India when he felt called to take the gospel to the out caste in his land. His father has passed on, and Rufus is now leading this great ministry.
In short, he takes the message of Jesus Christ to the poorest villages in India who have never heard the name of our Savior. As people come to faith, he trains up men to become “evangelists” (church planters) who then take the gospel to the next village. This vital ministry has planted over 200 fruitful churches among the Yanadis, and is seeing many come to faith in Jesus, it’s breathtaking.
Wanting to get in on the fun, I emailed Rufus this week to see if he has ever calculated how much it costs to train and support an evangelist, thinking maybe I would lend a hand with the finances. Now don’t forget, “training” starts with teaching the men to read and write, memorizing big sections of the Bible, being trained in basic doctrine, teaching and preaching. Rufus responded back with the exact numbers… he can train an evangelist for $40 and it costs $25 a month to fully support them in their work in the village! I find this absolutely amazing, and highly motivational… not to mention very humbling. These new converts sense God’s call in their lives, it is confirmed by Rufus and the newly planted church leadership and they commit themselves to service in one of the poorest cultures on our planet. Rufus says the drop out rate is almost non existent, and the tenure of an evangelist is decades… amazing.
Right now he has 12 men who have qualified for training and they are waiting for the money to proceed. For a mere $40 dollars I am able to pay for the training of an evangelist and for another $300 I am able to partner for a year keeping him fed, clothed, housed and equipped, amazing. If you want a “piece of the action” contact me, I won’t hog all the blessings.