“We had a baptismal service and good fellowship with our new believers in Jharmunda, Sundergarh District led by our Elijah Challenge Pastor Mansukh Kerketta. They are mostly from the Munda, Kharia and Oran people groups.
A hundred years back Roman Catholic and Lutheran missionaries came to this needy area. The tribal people were oppressed by high caste people so missionaries were able to help them after which many converted to Christianity. But they did not know Christ personally. The Christians there are commonly addicted to alcohol and cigarettes.
This District is very close to the bordering states of Bihar and Jharkhand in India, so it is easy to reach these two states with the gospel. May the Lord open the way.
Many non-believers are receiving Christ through the ministry of Pastor Mansukh. He also reaching nearer villages by preaching the gospel and healing the sick—just as Jesus commanded the seventy-two disciples in Luke 10:9. He and his wife went to a nearby village and there was a woman who had an issue of blood for a long time. But due to local tradition they had not shared her condition with others. Mansukh was able to share the gospel including how Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5. After hearing the gospel they requested Mansukh and his wife to pray over her. They ministered to her in her home that evening, and the Lord healed her miraculously.
Another little child was suffering from fever and when they ministered to the child, the Lord healed him instantly. An elderly man had severe chest pain and cough. He was also healed in Jesus’ name. Please pray for Pastor Mansukh and his family.”
-Subodh Jena, Elijah Challenge Coordinator
Preparing for baptism
Pastor Mansukh is third from the left next to Coordinator Subodh Jena