For hundreds of years, the residents of one South Asian state fought wars with one another. But during the last 14 years, thousands have experienced the love of Christ.
In December, thousands of people from the state—representing 19 different groups—gathered for a believers' convention. The group worshiped, prayed and learned from the Word of God under a giant tent.
A local political official joined the pastor of a Gospel for Asia-supported church and representatives from the local congregations in lighting candles to kick off the three-day event.
A choir wearing traditional attire helped lead worship during the services.
"The people are beautiful and seeing them all raise their hands and worship the Lord was almost mystical," said Gospel for Asia Founder and President, K.P. Yohannan. He was the main speaker for the convention.
The communion service was a moving time for the believers, as they meditated on the cross and the sacrifice Christ made for them. Many of the people openly wept tears of gratitude and joy for their Savior.
The children had special times of worship and teaching just for them.
So did the teens and young adults. About half the people who came to the convention fell into this category.
Feeding 10,000 people seems daunting, but these believers built a makeshift kitchen to prepare the food. The believers ate their simple meals sitting outside on the ground.
The Bridge of Hope children also made crafts for everyone to admire between teaching sessions.
There was a Christmas gift distribution program one evening where gifts such as sewing machines were given to the believers.