20 May Sam Amarlapudi Newsletter March – April 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I wanted to let your know that I am very grateful for your prayers for me and for India. It means so much and I thank you because it is only through prayers that my people will come to the Lord!
In April, we had elections and several people who worked with the politicians died. Election time is a dangerous time to be in India. We will not know the results of the vote until May 23rd. We are praying that we will get new leaders because the ones who are in office now are very anti-Christian and anti-Muslim. They have said that there is no room for Christians or Muslims and are saying that they will be rid of us by December 31, 2021.
Please keep my family in your prayers. My Grandmother, who lived about 3 hours away, had a stroke while I was visiting the tribal villages and died a week later. My evangelist grandfather is unable to walk now and had to be carried to the funeral. His son, my father’s brother and sister-in-law, have been taking care of him. Sadly, my uncle is in very poor health and cannot walk. He must have a leg removed in a few weeks. Thank you for praying as my family deals with all of these matters.
The end of March, my friend Sammy and I tried to go out on the streets of the large city, Hyderabad, and give out food and witness to the elderly who are homeless and sleeping on the streets. On the first evening, we had to stop because of the large amount of police presence. A few days later, things had settled down and we were able to give out food bags and witness to them.
Thanks to some wonderful friends that God brought into my life, I had the money to purchase more Bibles. We rode a bus for 3 hours to get to the town where we distributed them. The people were thrilled and will cherish their Bibles.
Hinduism is the largest religion in India and 79.9 %, (966 million people), of the people claim this as their religion. Every 4 years, the Hindus have a huge religious festival with 150 million people attending. This year it was held at the Ganges River and each person came so they could take a dip in the Ganges River to wash away their sins. The Prime Minister, who is a radical Hindu, spent 600 million dollars to install temporary roads and 40,000 bathrooms to be able to handle the amount of people who attended. As you can see from these pictures, many people need to hear about the love of God for them.
My friend Prasad and my cousin Chintu traveled with me for 15 hours on a train to get to an area where there are many Tribal Villages. When we got there, we could not rent a vehicle but found some Christians who had motorcycles. They agreed to transport us to the different villages and the roads were not as bad as the ones we traveled before. We did see a lot of cobra nests along the way… and thankfully, no live cobras! The people in all five villages were very receptive and listened to what we told them about the Lord. They took the tracts, came to the Jesus Film we showed and the children happily attended the children’s teaching we did. The children were also excited about the small gifts that we gave them. Like the other villages we told you about, they are very poor and have no roads, no water, no schools, and no electricity. They are virtually cut off from society and live off the land. Their lives are very hard and there are no comforts. These poor people have been forgotten by most everyone except God. Please keep praying for them and their souls.