Orissa, the poorest state in India, is dominated by Hindus
Received February 22, 2009 from Pastor Subodh
“We have received a special request from the Kui-Soura tribe for two days of meetings on March 21st and 22nd. They want us to arrange a revival and healing meeting over there. They are eagerly wanting to bring their own tribal people to the Lord. During this time the gathering will be more and according to them over twenty-five hundred people can gather consisting of both tribal Hindus and Christians from ten villages. They hope and pray that through the healing and miracles many will come to Christ.
I am very grateful to God because in the district of Kandhamal in Orissa, this same tribe of people is very rebellious toward the Christians and they are the ones who are their main persecutors. The entire problem started in Orissa by that group of people in Kandhamal but praise God a few miles up in the mountains this same group is receptive to the Gospel, it is unbelievable. It is just a miracle of God and nothing else.
With the current situation in Orissa this kind of response and gathering is a magnificent miracle of God and it is the answer to the prayers of thousand of the saints throughout the globe.
I believe this will be a great harvest to bring the people to the saving knowledge of God. Please pray for the divine protection during the meeting. Please pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Please pray for healings and miracles from the Lord.”
“Please continue to encourage me through your teaching and extend your cooperation for Orissa ministry as how the Lord leads you.
Yesterday (March 5, 2009) the temperature in Orissa was 40 degrees Celsius and this is just the beginning of the month of March. We do not know how people will survive in this heat, especially in Kalahandi (Bhawanipatna) district which is the hottest zone in Asia.
I am thinking about the program on the mountain as thousands of believers and non-believers will be attending from various villages. Most of the people in their area live mostly in slums. The slums of those areas are unclean and unhygienic. Residents have little or no access to safe drinking water.
Since most of the people are illiterate, unemployment is a huge problem. Many slum children spend their days as child labourers or rag pickers. People have no access to education, basic health care or other government schemes and facilities.