When I began this blog my intention was to focus on the missionary work that our dedicated young LDS men and women are doing across the world. But, a few days ago I received an email from a truly amazing person. He is not someone of our faith, but he is a Christian. In that email he invited me to pray for his missionary service and even invited me to come and visit where he serves.
Located in the southern regions of India, the work that Ananda is involved in is grassroots. He is working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in some of the most remote areas of the world. In a country that struggles with the demands of an extremely high population and a low economic base, Ananda and his group work to provide both a spiritual base for these people, as well as assisting them in the social and economic realms through the establishment of orphanages, schools, and basic infrastructures such as water and medical care.
I feel really compelled to share with you the email Ananda sent me, as I believe it is a wonderful example of how the Lord uses His children to do His work on earth – even in areas where there are currently no LDS missionaries. The wording of the email was as follows:
I am glad to contact you. I have been doing ministry since 1993 among Tribal’s who are living in Forest and never seemed any salvation in their life. I have 46 missionaries in India, Tamilnadu. We have focused to South India Tribal People. We are conduction Free Medical Camps, Free education center for Tribal children, free self work training program for Tribals. We are following 224 hamlets, tiny villages, and Hilly regions Tribal groups. We have just started 9th church in Tribal area. Please Pray for this construction. Support us to Spread Gospel to all Tribal’s. We invite you to visit our ministry and fields.
There is probably never going to be a chance for me to visit this place, but my purpose in sharing this email with you is to highlight some of the good that is happening in this world amongst fellow Christians. While our missionaries don’t have the opportunity to reach into such areas right now, it is heartwarming to know that there are Christian people out there preparing the way for the day when full missionary services can reach them. These people are akin to the likes of John Calvin, John Wyclyffe, and Martin Luther; preparing the way for the Gospel to spread to all nations, kindreds and tongues (2 Nephi 30:8).
If anyone is interested in reading more about the work Ananda is involved in then please go and visit the website for the India Village Care Ministries. Also, don’t forget to pray for their success as they work to meet the physical and spiritual needs of these humble villagers.