In an Asian village, a ritualistic healer stopped to listen to a man telling stories on a street corner. He listened to the story of a man called Jesus, who claimed to be God, healing the daughter of a man named Jairus.
A crowd of around 20 people had also gathered, some perched on nearby rooftops. The storyteller, Rajendra, belongs to the Awadhi people. Few Awadhis follow Jesus, but in this village that’s changing. Rajendra is a church-planting pastor with little formal training, passionate about sharing God’s story with his people. StoryRunners, a ministry of Cru, (in partnership with TellAsia Ministries)helped Rajendra learn 42 different short stories from the Bible. He learned how to ask questions about the stories, so listeners could understand who God is and what He’d done for them.
“This is a living God who’s involved in the lives of his people,” he says, astonished. “I need to learn about this God because my god is dead and doesn’t answer me.”
Rajendra returned to the same street corner for several weeks, telling Bible stories. A group of people formed, interested in exploring God. Hallie, a StoryRunners staff member, says, “A house church formed with one Christian and about 25 nonbelievers.” Rajendra has since seen 20 people choose to follow Christ.
We can’t help but think how just like Rajendra, who’s passionate to make Jesus known, are Cru missionaries you have sent. They are RIGHT NOW in parts of the world that you’ll likely never physically go to, but are reaching! In fact, you are going; mobilizing others to those lost places.
Andrew & Sarah who’re in Ecuador now, Evan & Lydia who’re risking safety in an East Asian closed country, or Andy in the spiritually desolate Netherlands. These are just a few. It’s hard to fathom, we know but your partnership investment into our ministry is touching the lives of people in every segment of society and in every corner of the world.