“At least 75 percent of them are Hindus,” Pastor Clarence Muruthia, our lead host and local superintendent of the Assemblies of God churches informed us. He was not exaggerating. For India’s Christian population only comprises 2% of the national population. Scores of them bore the bindi, the traditional Hindu dot, on their foreheads, a sign that they had prayed to their Hindu gods that morning. Here, shoes off their feet, sitting close to each other, men on one side and women on the other to comply with the cultural norms, they quietly listened to the message of Christ. Somehow they felt an attraction to Jesus Christ.
The mood of the audience seemed to echo the centuries-old Hindu Sanskrit prayer, “From untruth, lead us to truth! From darkness lead us to light! From death lead us to eternal life! Let there be peace!” This prayer captures the ancient longing in the hearts of humanity from all ages to find truth, light and eternal life. The men and women of South India are no exception.