What We Do
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Light to India seeks to respond to the call to reach the world for Christ. This, of course, means spreading the Gospel, but it also means responding, as Jesus did, 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 physical and spiritual needs. Christian response to physical needs whets the appetite of the lost for the Gospel.
Our specific focus is the nation of India. Today, many of the people of India are open to the Gospel, particularly among the poor. Traditional Hinduism has little to offer the poor, those who labor under the inequities of the caste system. But Christianity offers hope and a realization of personal worth. Hinduism tells the individual that they are of no value; Christianity tells them they are of infinite value. Hinduism tells the individual that their future is an endless cycle of meaningless reincarnations filled with suffering. Christianity promises a meaningful eternal life in the presence of a loving Heavenly Father.
Indian law severely limits the work of foreign missionaries, but puts no limitations on Indian citizens. The result is that the most effective way to reach India is through indigenous Indian missionaries. This is, in fact, the way missions should always be done. The first work of a foreign missionary is to spread the Gospel; the second is to disciple the native church to take over the job.
There is a strong Christian Church in India and these believers are truly committed to their faith. Many are willing to commit to full-time ministry as missionaries, teachers or pastors, but their poverty makes the necessary training difficult or impossible. This is where Light to India comes in. We attempt to connect mission-minded believers in America with believers in India who will respond to the Great Commission.