By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
INDIA (ANS – August 15, 2016) — The ethnic Bhuiya are one of the most unreached people groups in India, with less than one-tenth of one percent of the tribe professing Christianity — until this year –when the gospel reached 35 of their villages, freeing many from the grip of the evil one.
“They worship the spirit of the nearest mountain, among other things, and indigenous missionaries are accustomed to praying for the demon-possessed among them,” according to a report by Christian Aid Mission (http://www.christianaid.org/).
Hinduism and animism are the Bhuiya’s main religions. The animists worship the earth, sun and ancestral spirits. Many Bhuiya worship the cobra, with some calling it their mother.
An indigenous missionary visited a Bhuiya village this year bearing the Good News of the Gospel. A family there had an older relative who had wandered in nearby jungles for four years due to demonic influences and mental illness. The family was able to bring the woman home to hear the evangelist.
“I lived a worldly life and worshipped local gods and goddesses,” Anaya* told Christian Aid Mission. “I was possessed with evil spirits, and as a result I was mentally affected and wandered around in the jungles.”
The indigenous missionary shared the gospel with the family and asked them if they would like to put their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
The Word and the Spirit touched Anaya’s heart and she believed. “Instantly the Lord delivered me from the grip of the evil spirits and healed me from my insane condition,” she testified.
“Now I am absolutely normal and have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. Now my entire family belongs to the family of God. Praise the Lord!”
The missionary and his team went from village to village, praying for the sick, visiting huts and organizing meetings to share Christ.
From February through April 2016, they shared the gospel with 2,800 people in 35 villages. The evangelists saw 1,160 people put their faith in Christ, with 391 baptized and 12 churches planted, according to Christian Aid Mission.
Photo captions: 1) The Gospel is spreading in villages in India, despite persecution (Photo: Christian Aid Mission). 2) This witchdoctor put his faith in Jesus at age 90. 3) Mark Ellis.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also the founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions. Mark is also co-host with ANS founder, Dan Wooding, of “Windows on the World,” a weekly TV show broadcast on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv), that features the top stories of the week on the ASSIST News Service.
** You may republish this or any of our ANS stories with attribution to the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net). Please also tell your friends that they can receive a complimentary subscription to our news service by going to the above website and signing up there.