“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
We have a big vision. It is the nation of India going to heaven. We do what we do because the commandment it in Matthew 28:18-20. Light to India seeks to respond to this call to reach the world in these last days and India is our portion of “all the world”.
This, of course, means loving and teaching, but it also means responding to physical needs. We believe that Jesus’ model is the only valid way to reach those who don’t know Him. He ministered to the whole person, responding to both their physical and spiritual needs. A response to physical needs whets the appetite of the lost for the good news.
Today, many of the people of India are open to hear, particularly among the poor. Traditional belief of lifestyle among the poor often says you will always be poor. But we offer hope and a realization of personal worth. Some belief tells the individual that they are of no value; we tell them they are of infinite value. Belief tells the individual that their future is an endless cycle of meaningless reincarnations filled with suffering. We promise a meaningful eternal life in the presence of a loving Heavenly Father.
Indian law severely limits the work of foreign missions, but puts no limitations on Indian citizens. The result is that the most effective way to reach India is through indigenous Indians doing the work. This is, in fact, the way it should always be done. The first work of foreign missions is to spread the Good News; the second is to equip the native person to take over the job.
There is a strong movement in India and the congregations are truly committed to their faith. Many are willing to commit to full-time ministry as workers, trainers, teachers or leaders, but poverty makes the necessary training difficult or nearly impossible. This is where Light to India comes in. We attempt to connect with you, (the mission-minded from other lands) to the work in India.