Last year, TWR India began distributing tablets to radio home group leaders with Discipleship Essentials content loaded on them. Although the pandemic has prevented the distribution from being fully completed, many have already received the tablets and have greatly benefited from the content, which has helped them get through this difficult season.
We continue to receive reports from recipients; these powerful testimonies are witness to the impact that DE is having on the lives of radio home group leaders. Many of the DE groups have started gathering with the lockdown being relaxed or lifted in several of the states.
Soumily, who has been part of the radio home group, joined the DE monthly leader’s meeting in her village recently. She found great encouragement from watching the DE videos on the tablet that was provided to her group. The programs captivated her interest. She says, “I have learned from these sessions how discipleship begins and grows through faith. I have also learned how obeying the Word brings fulfillment to a person who is a disciple of Jesus.”
Malobika is a housewife from a Christian family. For the last two years she has been leading a radio home group. “Now, I have the great opportunity to join the leaders meeting to study the Discipleship Essentials material. It is a unique teaching about discipleship. I agree that God has a plan for each of our lives. I believe that according to his plan, in any circumstance, we should glorify him and praise him. Thanks for reminding me that whatever I do, it must be for the glory of God. Everybody can know the love of God through our lives, and through this process discipleship can be possible. Thank you so much for the beautiful teaching about discipleship.”
Ms. Tumpa, a radio home group leader from West Bengal, had a chance to attend the DE Bengali study during which she received answers to many questions she had concerning her faith, and was able to know the Word of God in greater depth. She said this about her experience with DE: “It has been a golden opportunity to equip myself with God’s Word and it has also helped me in improving our radio home group meetings and my own spiritual life.”
Mr. Lalsingh comes from the western region of India. He is a leader who has been captivated by the DE videos and content to the extent that he has taken it upon himself, with the help of a co-believer, to educate and train their fellow radio home group members in the Word using the tablet content. He recounts his experience of using the DE tablets in the following words: “I am grateful to God that we have been able to use these tablets for studying the Word. This has familiarized us with the subjects that are essential for every Christian leader. It has helped us in our efforts to be true children of God.” He hopes the ministry, using DE tablets, takes root and impacts the lives of many more across India. He says, “I have seen many lives changed as a result of this content and I hope it will make a huge difference in the ministry. I hope this will be made available to every leader to equip them for the ministry.”
In addition to equipping radio home groups, the DE tablets have helped families grow in their faith. One leader shared: “Though we cannot meet with the radio home group leaders right now due to the state lockdown, my family and I listen to a new program every week in our home. It is indeed a great blessing because there are lots of new insights and we are encouraged afresh each time we listen.”
Rawanchung shared that his family dedicates one evening per week to learning from DE. “We listen to four programs each month. We begin with a prayer and then watch the video, after which we usually have a short discussion among us, giving our own opinions. We have known Christ better through this project.”
We rejoice that these tablets and the DE content are having a positive impact on the recipients and that they are growing in faith! We thank God that ministry in India is going smoothly despite the difficult times. TWR India has been able to continue with the production and distribution of their audio and video programs. Please pray for the continued health and safety of the team.