The South Asian Ministry actually began back in 1978 as the result of an initial trip to India which we thought would be our last. However, it proved to be just the beginning of a gospel literature work in the South Asian languages ~ initially in India and then 7 years later to the South Asian diaspora worldwide. The work in India was directed towards meeting the needs of evangelism and Christian instruction that we observed was lacking through the literature extension of the Church. So for the first three years, our efforts concentrated on the South Indian languages and moved on to include most of the 14 major languages of the Indian subcontinent.
bookshelfWe were able to establish a contact base throughout India of over 1000 people ~ mostly evangelists, Christian workers, missions and churches. Due to unexpected circumstances, a major move to Bombay (Mumbai) became necessary ~ where I remained working for the rest of my time in India. However, the focus of our literature evangelism shifted from the South Indian languages to that of North India. It is mostly in these languages which are spoken throughout the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent that we have concentrated our efforts over the past 30 years since leaving India.
The “international outreach” began in England where the work continued for 5 years. It was during this time (September 1988) that we came “on board” as the South Asian Division of MGL Multilingual, headquartered in Federal Way, WA. This “umbrella” relationship continues to this day. The move to WA State was an answer to our prayers that the literature outreach would be meeting the needs of the South Asian community world-wide. Much to our encouragement then, even five years after arriving in the USA, we had interested enquirers telling us that for years they had been searching for the language materials we were handling. Over the past 20 years here in the Pacific Northwest, we have been able to meet the literature needs of many language contacts located throughout North America, Europe and the South Pacific regions mainly ~ as well as active contacts in 30 different countries.
While we don’t know what the future holds, we know Who holds it! But with a population of over two million immigrants from the Indian Subcontinent currently residing throughout the US and Canada (and more than 100,000 fresh immigrants arriving each year) ~ with the Lord’s help and direction we will continue to endeavour to meet the literature needs of those who are seeking to reach out to them with the Word of life. 1 Cor. 3:7, 8; Eccles. 11: 1-6.