Pastor Roshan Kuma talks with another GFA-supported missionary moments after he was released from prison after serving 17 months for a crime he did not commit.
Roshan Kuma and his brother-in-law, M.T. Joshri, are shown with their families shortly after being released from prison.
Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Roshan Kuma was released from prison August 10. He served 17 months after being falsely accused of working with the Maoists, an anti-government terrorist group. Roshan, and his brother-in-law, M.T. Joshri, were arrested March 10, 2010.
He was released after a trial found him innocent of the charges brought against him.
Although Roshan was in prison, he did not let it stop him from his calling to share the Gospel. He shared the love of Jesus with fellow prisoners, many of whom chose to follow Christ. He also started a prayer meeting in the jail.
“In spite of spending more than a year of suffering in prison, Pastor Roshan’s vision for serving Jesus never dimmed. He still has an unquenchable thirst and passion for the ministry,” said Dr. K.P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia president and founder. “He is still serving in the same area where there is a lot of Maoist activity, which causes many people to live in fear. Yet he has a successful and wonderful ministry in this small village.”
At the time of his arrest, Roshan was pastor of a church with about 100 members. The believers continually prayed for their pastor while he was in prison. The church continued to grow and now has about 125 people attending worship each week.
Roshan’s congregation is in the midst of constructing a new church building, which they plan to dedicate this fall.
“Please pray for Pastor Roshan, that God would continue to use him mightily for the Kingdom,” K.P. asked.
“Praise the Lord for using Pastor Roshan in prison, and for the inmates who chose to follow Jesus. Pray that they will stand firm in their faith—even while they are in prison.”