John the Baptist was standing with two of his disciples. Pointing to Lord Jesus Christ, he said: “Behold, the Lamb of God.” Probably, John and the two were discussing about the Messiah. The two went and stayed with Lord Jesus who welcomed them to: “Come and see.” After that experience, “One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). (John 1: 40-42) Societies are organised as units: Individuals, nuclear families, extended families, kins, clans, and communities. Communication also follows the same sequence within a community or culture.
Rai Sikhs are a community found in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. They are in the lower rungs of the social hierarchy. There were few young people who came to the Lord through the work of an agency in Uttar Pradesh. They diligently grew in the Lord. For a wedding they went to a place in Haryana, where their relatives live. During the get-together of weddings these believers shared their newfound faith. The people there were excited and wanted to know more about Lord Jesus Christ. The believers in Uttar Pradesh were trained by the mission agency and were sent to Haryana as missionaries. Many came to know Lord Jesus Christ as their saviour and Lord. Gospel travelled through a web of relationships which is termed as a web-movement. Cross-cultural missionaries could diligently seek such channels and allow the gospel to flow to the whole community.
A person who comes to Lord Jesus Christ from his community should be encouraged to share the gospel with their own family members, kith and kin. In certain contexts, there is a great risk of even death. Nevertheless, in many families this could bring the whole community to His Kingdom.
Do I joyfully share the gospel?