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Views: 20102 Description: Mobile Phone Outreach: Grace Blessing Church Launch Prayer Hotline
Barely, India – Grace Blessing Church in North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have opened a prayer hotline for poor, rural farmers. Called the “Prayer on Phone Ministry” by Pastor Amarpal, it has proven wildly successful. People are already dialing in from several states.
The new call-in phone ministry has the potential for being a powerful evangelistic and church planting method in a state where Christians make up less than 1% of the population. If it were independent, UP would be the fifth most populous country in the world.
Although desperately poor, like nearby states of Bihar and Uttarakhand, mobile telephone technology is already a fixed part of everyday village life in UP.
Both believers and non-Christians are calling in for prayer, seeking God’s intervention in their lives for healing, family problems and emergencies. Uttar Pradesh is located in the strategic heartland of the Ganges River Valley. It is 81% Hindu and desperately poor and undeveloped – yet cell phones are found everywhere, even where electricity is almost non-existent. In fact, there are more cell phones than toilets in India – and this phenomenal introduction of technology has all occurred since 1994, when Nokia introduced the first mobile phone in the Ganges port city of Kolkata.
Pastor Amarpal, who organized the phone outreach, says that his mission team has already organized the first of what he hopes will be many “Five Day Prayer Meetings” to reach the new friends and contacts that have come from the phone outreach ministry.
The first “prayer crusade” attracted 20-30 Dalit families that praised the Lord and listened eagerly as the evangelist preached for five days on the theme, “Healing and Forgiveness” from Psalm 103:3.
"Keep praying for the financial needs of our ministry, so that we can organize these types of meetings on a regular basis throughout the country in order to spread the gospel and win souls for the kingdom of heaven."
“Prayer hotline users from various other states have called us asking for us to organize Five Day Prayer Meetings in their villages, but we aren’t able to organize them due to financial shortages.
India’s mobile phone companies boast that by using Smart Phone technology they are already delivering online digital, radio and television to millions of homes – and they are talking about 100% penetration of the Indian MARKETwith cell phone technology. They boast that every home will have a cell phone, even before it has plumbing! For millions of illiterate Indians this means that Christian missions will be able to provide gospel radio, online Bible schools by Internet, and native evangelists preaching and teaching in their own languages.
We need help more to follow-up with disciple-making and church planting. Technology may be able to soon reach every village in India.
The Lord is honoring the faith of people in rural areas whose only link with the outside world is their mobile phones.
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