Sharing the Gospel with Hindus

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William Carey labored in India seven years before he won his first Hindu to Christ. Today Hindus have an unprecedented openness to the gospel.

Many are sharing the gospel and seeing fruit including college students, Sunday school teachers and people from all parts of the body of Christ.

This seminar will help prepare you to sow abundantly among the Hindus who are living in every city in the USA. Almost every Urban center in America now has a Hindu temple.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6
Webinar led by Marty Hunter

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Gospel Tracts for Hindus



Here are Gospel Tracts to help you share Jesus Christ with Hindus: These are downloadable to your desktop for you to print and use. Whoever sows abundantly reaps abundantly. 


English Truth Always Triumph tract  truth triumphs

Vedic Bridge English  Version   The Vedic Bridge Tract  

*Hind Version now available!  Hindi Version Vedic Bridge

* Bangali Version Now available! Bengali Version Vedic Bridge


Gospel in Kannda kannada evangehand


Vedic Bridge tract

Carl Vedic Bridge Testimony

Recently Carl used the Vedic Bridge to witness to a Hindu (Ganesh) he met while out witnessing in his city.

Carl asked Ganesh if he had heard of a Mantra which spoke of the sin destroying light. Ganesh told him that he was very familiar with that mantra. Carl told Ganesh,

I found that what the mantra talks about. He said to Ganesh “I experienced that.”

Carl then took Ganesh through the Vedic Bridge tract to share the gospel.

Ganesh accepted Christ and was baptized by Carl. Then Carl challenged Ganesh to share about Jesus with his friends. Ganesh told his friend Palekar about Jesus

Christ. Palekar accepted Christ and was baptized by Ganesh.

Carl is continuing to disciple Ganesh and to equip him to be the foundation of a new house church.

Carl had been in India less than a year and found using the Vedic Bridge was an easy way to share Christ with a Hindu. Praise the Lord that Ganesh and Palekar have experienced the sin destroying light of Jesus Christ.

Scott Vedic Bridge Testimony

And I’ve got to say, brother, this tool – the Vedic Bridge – was such a part of our conversation.  When I first mentioned the Gayatri Mantra, it instantly got Shivakumar’s attention because he knew exactly what it was.

We are so excited to share with you that Shivakumar asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior this afternoon!!  It was the thrill of my life to be on that park bench with him today and watch the Father transform his life and give him an understanding of the Truth that he has been desperately searching.  Thanks so much for the direct impact each of you have made by bathing this meeting in prayer.  As you may expect, we want to give you the details of how the Father brought this into pass.

As we had planned, I met Shivakumar at the store he manages at 1 o’clock this afternoon. He  began to talk specifically how he had recently shown one of his non-Hindu friends his “wall of gods” that he prays to in his living room.  He then brought up his feelings of confusion as to why he prayed to so many gods and not really understanding what it all means.  It was then that I knew the Holy Spirit was in full control of our conversation as He clearly shifted it from family and work to something much deeper.

Because Shivakumar’s life is deeply rooted in Hindu traditions, I felt led to use a tool passed on to us by a friend that can be used as a bridge to Christianity.  I won’t go into all the details of this tool, but there are ancient Hindu writings that are often recited that includes God being the giver of life, the remover of pain/sorrow, and the bestower of happiness.  One of the critical components talks about how G0d sent a “sin-destroying light.”  After talking about this for a few minutes, Shivakumar said, “So, it is a light that will vanish the sin?”  I couldn’t believe the way he said it.  I told him how so very right he was … and how that sin-destroying Light that God sent is Jesus Christ!  He smiled and just totally seemed to get it.

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A time to go “over the wall”


When a soldier goes AWOL it is a disgrace for him, his family and his country. To become AWOL is shame on any willful deserter. On the other hand OWALL is something to boast about. Paul says “I must go on boasting” and describes going out a window and down a basket over a wall and slipping out of the hands of those who would kill him (2 Corinthians 11:33).

AWOL is an acronym for “absent without leave.”

OWALL is an acronym for over the wall in a basket.

Paul is hesitant to boast except in his weaknesses but he does on this occasion boast about going over the wall and having inexpressible heavenly visions. And just so he would not get too proud of successfully escaping his persecutors by going over the wall and having his heavenly vision Paul received his thorn in the flesh.

There is a time for everything under the sun and with biblical examples we see there is a time to flee persecution. We don’t want to do anything with the wrong motives but there are valid situations where someone can flee persecution and honor their Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I am looking at a few biblical examples where we see our heroes flee persecution.

Paul goes over the wall.

In Acts 9:24 Paul, who just came off his Damascus road experience, learned of a plot to take his life. Day and night they watched the city gates in order to kill Paul. One night, however, his disciples took him and lowered him in a basket through a window in the wall (vs 25).

There was a time when Paul was warned that he was headed right into the eye of the persecution storm. Paul was later ready to face his persecutors and be bound and die for Jesus. (Acts 21:13). But that was a unique situation later in life. There were many times he fled the scene of the disturbance preaching the gospel caused.

There are numerous passages where the greatest heroes of the Bible fled persecution. I want to look at a few of them here. This is not to say there is a time and a place to stand ground and honor the Lord by receiving persecution, but it good to at least study the occasions when great men of faith fled the scene. Why did some flee and others stay? Why did some flee on some occasions and choose to march directly into harm and even death on other occasions. Did those great men who fled compromise the good news of great joy?


Moses parents are part of the Hebrews chapter 11 hall of faith. What did they do to make such an elite list? They put Moses put in a basket and tricked the Egyptians when persecution was raging. (Exodus 2:1-11)

King David

King David fled those who were planning to harm him. David was lowered out through a window when his house was being watched. David went out the window to escape persecution of Saul and his men. (1 Samuel 19:11-13)

David stood up to Goliath and brought dignity back to Israel when King Saul a King who would hide in the baggage was nauseously afraid of the Philistines. But even David who stood up to Goliath we find so much of the time on the run. It was honorable considering the background reasons why David fled from Saul. It was dishonorable when we look at the background reasons David fled from Absalom.

Jericho Spies

When the two faithful spies were in danger in Jericho they arranged with Rahab to lower them out the window. 15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. (Joshua 2:15). Rather than face the soldiers of Jericho these two spies hid and fled. There are spies we respect and some we disrespect. These spies we respect along with their heroic predecessors Joshua and Caleb.

Joseph and Mary escape to Egypt

The enemies of Christ were out to kill him from his birth. Joseph and Mary according to the instructions of the Lord fled the country until those who would kill him had died. “When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.  (Matthew 2:13-15)

A few like John the Baptist that never ran, ever.

There are a lot of examples of those who fled. There are also those who never fled anyone of anything. John’s death came for confronting Herod for his sin. John the Baptist called the religious elite a brood of vipers and he called out the sin of the politically powerful. Of anyone ever born John was the greatest. There were many who fled, but not John the Baptist.

Jesus called his disciples to take up their cross but also to flee when they persecute you

The call of Christ is to take up the cross of Jesus. This call of Christ requires obedience at any cost. Following Christ may lead to persecution and even death. “They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.” (John 16:2)

Jesus also told his disciples to flee from one town to the next to keep preaching the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus said “When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next.” (Matthew 10:23) Not only did Jesus tell the disciples to flee to the next village, it was in the context of standing firm to the end.

There are numerous times in the gospel where Jesus slipped away when angry persecutors where setting out to harm him (John 8:59, John 10:39, Luke 4:30).  Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed (Matthew 4:12).

Jesus is the ultimate example of facing persecution to the height of human suffering and death. Jesus willingly laid down his life. Jesus said No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. (John 10:18) and at the right time he did just that when he died on the cross.

Post Pentecost: bold, persecuted, martyred and scattered.

From the day of Pentecost until the stoning of Stephen there was a boldness as the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem and the apostles were put in public jail. This was the second time Peter and John were in jail for their faith since Pentecost. In the midst of persecution the apostles never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.

When Stephen was martyred a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria (Acts 8:1). Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went (Acts 8:4). There was definitely a boldness after Pentecost but it reached a point where the persecution was so great that the church scattered and when they were persecuted in Jerusalem they preached wherever they went.

Paul and Barnabas at Lystra and Iconium

There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them. 6 But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country, 7 where they continued to preach the gospel.  (Acts 14:5-6)

Paul faced persecution and was stoned at Lystra and they thought he was dead, but he did not stay around but he and Barnabas left the next day. (Acts 14:20)

Paul, Silas and Timothy depart Thessalonica for Berea

As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Acts 17:10 But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14 The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. 15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. Acts 17:10:13-15 Jason was arrested when the city authorities could not find Paul and Silas.

The passages on fleeing and facing persecution or generally more descriptive that prescriptive but there are enough of them to finds some principles when we take them all together. There may not be any passage that we could call a pattern to how we respond to persecution and when we flee and when we stay and also who should flee and who should stay, but how the believers responded to persecution in

Thessalonica and Berea is for me the closest and best thing we have to a pattern for fleeing persecution. The Apostle goes very far away, Paul to Athens. Other outsiders, Silas and Timothy remained near Thessalonica and on the scene at Berea. Jason and the other Thessalonica locals stayed there in the midst of the persecution.

Clearly some wrong fleeing.

There is some fleeing in Scripture that is not good. Jonah flees not because he is persecuted in one town but because he does not want to see his preaching received. Elijah was not boasting when he ran from the grasp of Jezabel, but he was depressed. Peter at the cross was the opposite of the Peter we find following Pentecost. Peter in what is even worse than a wrong kind of fleeing, he denied Christ.

Later as an adult Moses fled Egypt to the wilderness. I don’t see in this case how Moses could ever boast of his fleeing Egypt like Paul did when he went over the wall in a basket.


It is very noble and honorable to face persecution and even martyrdom, but it is not the only path that should always be taken in every circumstance. I want to affirm believers who maintain a bold response to persecution.

We do find many biblical examples of our Bible heroes fleeing persecution, but never is there a good biblical example to deny Christ to escape persecution.

If someone leaves an area that is dangerous to preach the gospel somewhere else we should be slow to judge them. Not everyone must stay in every situation.

We support those who stay or before they can flee are persecuted. We also know that there are legitimate times we can go over the wall in a basket. There are times when they persecute you in one town you can flee to the next.

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Hall of Tyrannus


Nonresidential training: Epaphras and Hall of Tyrannus

Paul covered a lot of ground during his journeys but he just could not be everywhere at once. It was common for him to mention in his letters his desire to visit a place, but he just could not at least for the time being. By his third missionary journey Paul had come up with a way to multiply himself and that was the school at the hall of Tyrannus.

At Tyrannus Paul could pour into disciples and they could go out and cover all the places Paul would never have the time or health to reach. With this strategy Paul could even be in prison and the work would carry on.

There is no record in the book of Acts of Paul ever preaching the gospel in Colossae. For this reason we have to look for clues about how the church started in Colossae and Philemon and make some assumptions from what happened during Paul’s two years just outside of Ephesus.

Colossians is one of Paul’s prison epistles and most scholars believe Paul wrote this letter during his Roman imprisonment about 61AD. Paul mentions in Colossians 1:17 that it was his close associate Epaphras who preached the gospel in Colossae. The work in Colossae probably started during Paul’s third missionary journey when he set up a training center at the Hall of Tyrannus outside of Ephesus.

And so it is commonly accepted that one of the disciples at the hall of Tyrannus who was instrumental in starting churches in cities Paul never reached was Epaphras. Paul said, “You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf” (Colossae 1:7-8).

Epaphras was the key man for the Asian tri-city area of Colossae, Laodicea and Hierapolis. Paul said “I vouch for Epaphras that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. Colossians 4:13. Epaphras probably started the Laodicea church that met at Nympha’s house (Colossians 4:15) and the Philemon church that met at either Philemon’s or Archippus’s house (Philemon 2).

Epaphras was the ideal disciple/church planter to carry the gospel and start the church in Colossae. He was a local son of the Colossian soil. Epaphras could have made the one hundred mile journey back and forth from Ephesus to Colossae with relative ease. His fellow Colossians were also making that same journey all the time. They would be going from the smaller city of Colossae to the big port city of Ephesus for trade and supplies.

Epaphras would learn from Paul how to proclaim the gospel and start churches and raise up leaders. Paul uses the 2 Timothy 2:2 strategy at the hall of Tyrannus. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others”. Paul rises up Epaphras at the Hall of Tyrannus.

After spending some time at the Tyrannus School Epaphras would head up river or along one of the Roman Roads to Colossae and put what he learned into practice. When he reached Colossae he would teach what he learned to Archippus. Epaphras learned from Paul and he in turn raised up Archippus to lead the Colossian church (probably it happened this way at Colossae). Paul is raising up multi-generational leaders. Timothy is even on the scene when Epaphras is in Rome with Paul (Philemon 1, Colossians 1:1).

The hall of Tyrannus strategy worked brilliantly because both Paul and Epaphras are together in prison in Rome and the work is carrying on. Of course the churches at Colossae and Laodicea certainly do face threats from prevalent outside harmful philosophies. Paul is trying to steer the churches clear of their harmful influence in writing the Colossian letter. The church at Colossae has a powerful prayer warrior in Epaphras who regularly intercedes for them too.

The distance and trip from Ephesus and Colossae are very practical. On the other hand the meeting up in a Roman prison of Paul and two Colossians of Epaphras and Onesimus is striking. What were Epaphras and Onesimus these two Colossians doing with Paul in Rome? No one can answer for sure but it seems that Onesimus the escaped slave of Philemon was “free” to travel back to Colossae with Tychicus and Epaphras was not.

Whatever reason Epaphras came to Rome is uncertain but that he brought news to Paul of the growing spiritual fruit and love in the Spirit is certain (Colossians 1:6). Epaphras also brought news of the threats of heresy facing the church in Colossae. Paul is writing to protect the church from the threats of philosophies that diminish the supremacy of Jesus. The letter to Colossians very clearly articulates the supremacy of Jesus and his total sufficiency for salvation. Tychicus would carry the letter back to Colossians and take Onesimus back to Colossae. The Colossian letter was to be read in all the churches in the area.

Paul could impact leaders who came for training at Tyrannus Hall that Paul could not get to. In addition to this training center that ran for two years Paul arranged for a seven day leadership training event in Troas for Thessalonian leaders Aristarchus and Secundus. (Acts 20:6) The Hall of Tyrannus training center trained church planters and leaders in a way Paul could make a huge geographic and multi-generational impact.


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Apostle Paul at Thessalonica

We currently face barriers to have residential foreign missionaries living in country of service. We can look at a non-residential approaches from various passages of scripture. There were different approaches used in different non-residential settings. There was a lot more to Paul’s Thessalonica ministry than the three week initial visit.

In one sense Paul ministered through a non-residentially approach in every city where he planted churches. Here I want to look at Paul’s approach for Thessalonica.

Thessalonica was a strategic Greek city on an important Roman highway and sea route. Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-9) is where Paul spent the least amount of time present in terms of physical presence, but it was one of the healthier churches we find in the NT.

What did Paul do in the very short time (3 weeks) he was there and what did he do subsequently to fan into flame the church established there.

  1. Went to Thessalonica with Silas and Timothy Acts 17:1-9
  2. Focused on the resurrection of Jesus for three weeks
  3. Saw response from men and women of Jews and God-fearing Greeks and pagans 1 Thes 1:9
  4. Encountered persecution and departed
  5. Left Jason and other local believers there.
  6. Paul became far removed from Thessalonica, but Silas and Timothy stayed nearby in Berea
  7. Paul wanted to re-visit and he tried to re-visit but Satan stopped him (1 Thes 2:18)
  8. Sent Timothy to Thessalonica (1 Thes 3:1)
  9. Timothy reports back regarding Thessalonica church health.
  10. He wrote 1 Thessalonians shortly after his arrival in Corinth (very soon after he left Thessalonica)
  11. Night and day earnest prayer to revisit
  12. Wrote 2 Thessalonica at the end of Corinthian one year stay
  13. Paul discipled Aristarchus in Ephesus and took him on his ministry travels. (Colossians 4:10; Philemon 1:24).
  14. A few years after his initial visit and letters he re-visited Thessalonica probably at least twice Acts 20:1-6, Philippians 4:16 on his way to Greece (Acts 20:1) and again on to Jerusalem (Acts 20:3)
  15. He arranged for Thessalonian leaders Aristarchus and Secundus to meet him for a leadership training event in Troas. (Acts 20:6)
  16. Aristarchus from Thessalonica accompanied Paul to Rome (Acts 27:2) and became his fellow worker and prisoner.

Besides these recorded ministry actions in Thessalonica there are many other ways Paul likely continued to pour into the church and leadership at Thessalonica directly or indirectly not recorded in Scripture.

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Serampore Trio Graves

William Carey, Joshua Marshman and William Ward were known as the Serampore Trio

I visited their gravesites and took a few pictures.


William Ward


William Ward Marker


Joshua Marshman


Dorothy Carey First wife of William Carey


Charlotte Carey second wife of William Carey


Grace Carey third wife of William Carey


William Carey’s son Felix


Felix Carey


The Graveyard of Serampore Trio is located here:



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Population Circle

The Church in Asia where most of the world lives is exploding. The opportunities in this circle are unprecedented.
Population circle

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

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Against the Grain book reveiw


Against the Grain by Khalad Hussain is an autobiographical account of Hussain’s journey from Pakistan to England and from Islam to Christianity. The book gives a very interesting inside account into his Marpuri village in Pakistan and the world view he grew up with. He documents his worldview shift that came in England mostly through reading and music. Another important shift for Khalad was through his studies and his job. His inclination for studies and English language led him deeper into his new culture of England.

The Pakistan community in England and home clashed with his new lifestyle but as the book indicates Khalad chose to go against the grain. Adopting English culture did not automatically mean he would adopt Christianity. That was a separate and more intense struggle for Khalad.

He mentions that he was part of writing a Marpuri translation of the Bible. He has not told his Pakistani friends or family that he has become a follower of Jesus Christ. It seems his mother would know because he told her he was going to church.

Khalad gives us a challenge to understand Pakistanis and to witness the love of Christ to them when we have a chance.

I recommend you read this book for yourself…..Purchase here

read another book review of Against the Grain  here

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Book Review of Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission

The Great Commission at your doorstep?
The unengaged Unreached are all around you! How will you respond?
More than ever, North America is being flooded by people from all around the world. How should you respond?

J. D. Payne gets us thinking about this in his book Strangers Next Door.

As we understand and embrace the fact that the least-reached people groups now reside in (and continue to migrate to) Western countries, churches have unprecedented opportunities to freely share the gospel with them.

This book includes practical guidelines for doing cross-cultural missions and developing a global strategy of mission. It also highlights examples of churches and organizations attempting to reach, partner with, and send migrants to minister to their people.

There are not many fully taking advantage of the Great Commission opportunities in this diaspora. Those that are bearing fruit.
This book is worth putting on your Kindle today! Strangers Next Door.
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Reaching the unreached using mobile technology

Are you visiting a foriegn country?

Are you meeting people in your country who speak a different language and you want to share with them in their language?

Many opportunities exist to share Christ with those who speak another language than you do. You could get a Jesus film CD in the language of the country, but there are many other ways to give them the message of Christ in their language.

                                    mobile Micro sd

You could put a gospel story on your MP3 player and let them hear the message.

Give them a micro SD card with gospel films songs, Bible and resources in their language.

How to use your mobile phone for ministry  booklet

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Dombari Gypsy People of Maharashtra

Dombari article


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