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NOT FORGOTTEN The Story of KABIR, a man from a forgotten people group.

Over 2000 years ago God called us to bring the Gospel to all nations, every people group, in the whole world. However despite all of this time, all of our advances in technology, transportation, linguistics and resources, there are still over 3 billion people who have limited access to the Good News. It appears we have forgotten the importance of Jesus’ last words.

The Great Commission

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

FINISH THE TASK

The red dots on this map show all the unreached, unengaged people groups in the world. These are places are under the stronghold of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. They are also the areas suffering most from poverty and injustice.

An Unengaged, Unreached People Group (UUPG) is a group of people with their own language and culture, but no Bible, no believers, no body of Christ and nobody attempting to reach them.

UUPGs are often forgotten.

We can change this.

ONE LIFE.

ONE CHURCH.

ONE CAUSE.

Can change this.

Kabir was a man living in an Unengaged, Unreached People Group. He lived in a grass hut in a remote village in India with his brothers, sisters and parents.

India is home to over a billion people and is renowned across the world for it’s unique and diverse culture. Indian culture is full of special customs and traditions that originated from Ancient Indian scriptures and texts that have dictated the way of life in India for thousands of years. India is filled with more than 2,500 distinct people groups who speak over 456 unique languages.

Kabir was raised in extreme poverty. His parents worked very hard to send him to school so he could get a job and they could all escape poverty. Kabir studied hard, graduated from college, but despite this, he could not get a job.

Before coming to Christ, my life was very bad. Our situation was very depressing and we endured a lot of struggles, pain, and hurt in life ... I lived with my family in a hut. The hut was made of mud and clay. When it rained, a lot of water would leak through the roof and it used to cause us a lot of trouble. Because of this, we faced a lot of nights without sleep. When our neighbors, relatives, and friends saw us and our condition, they would laugh. They used to tease us and pray to the gods to send more rain. It affected us greatly and we were often downtrodden. - Kabir
There is more need in India than in any other country, with twenty-two percent of the population living in extreme poverty. Disease is widespread. The long term effects of the former caste system include horrific human rights abuse, obstacles to social mobility, jobs and education, political corruption, and gross injustice.
My parents used to take me to see different Hindu priests. They used to take me to graveyards and make me take ashes and put them under my tongue, which will make me pass the school exams. My family wasted a lot of money on superstitions and it put us far in debt. I had a great personal debt and was in deep sorrow. I became physically weak because of my depression and turmoil. - Kabir

95% of East Indians have never heard of Jesus! Anti-conversion laws make it difficult to share the Gospel. Those who choose to follow Jesus are often threatened with losing their status, jobs, homes, and even their lives.

The Gospel and the legacy of Christian workers has made a great impact on education, health, social issues, and society in India, especially among the lowest castes. Christianity is the fastest-growing religion in India, despite the opposition.

Kabir had a friend who was a Christian, who came to Kabir’s house to tell him about Jesus. Kabir rebuked his friend and kicked him out of his house, saying not to come back because Jesus is the God of Christians, the Guru (teacher) of Christians, to follow him is to wish for India to be a country of slavery again.

About a month later Kabir’s friend came back and was persistent in inviting Kabir to his church. This was the first church established in Kabir’s village. The church planter, Rovin, was trained and sent by partners of Grace Church, The Timothy Initiative.

It was December of 2009 and Kabir attended church. Rovin preached that day on Psalm 50:15: “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will rescue you and you shall glorify me.”

I felt the verse was only for me. It touched my heart. After that I saw many miracles happening [at the church] which I haven’t seen anywhere. - Kabir
Little did Kabir know that he would personally experience a miracle that week.

One night Kabir’s dad was watching over their cow and buffalo. While the family was sleeping the cow and buffalo got their chains entangled around their necks so tightly, they were lying on the ground, dying. Kabir’s dad ran to the family. They were planning on selling the cow and buffalo to repay their debts, they had no other source of income.

Kabir’s family started to call and pray to the gods they knew, but nothing happened.

Then Kabir remembered what he had heard at church.
Psalm 50:15: “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will rescue you and you shall glorify me.”

Kabir did not know how to pray, but he said:

“God, Jesus if you are the real God ,help us and set our animals free from the chains and save them.”
That moment the chains were broken and the animals stood up. Kabir couldn’t believe it! He thought “What kind of God is this? Who hears my prayers?”

Kabir went back to church and gave his life to Jesus! He wanted to know more, so his pastor invited him to start TTI training.

Inspired by what he learned, Kabir made the bold decision to become a church planter!

What is a Church Planter?

Church planters are missionaries who initiate the biblical process of bringing the Gospel message to people in a new location that hasn’t been reached. They disciple those who are responsive, organize a body of believers according to the New Testament model, and lead them to preach and teach the Word of God. When the church is self-sustaining and multiplying, the church planter typically moves to a new, unreached location to start the process anew.

Church planters attend a seminary-type training school for two years. They learn and obey what the Bible says and share the gospel daily. It takes two years of additional training before they are sent out.

In 2011 Grace supported Kabir’s training along with many other TTI students.

Kabir's story

God completely transformed Kabir. Isn’t it amazing how the Gospel can completely transform us? As soon as we place our faith and trust in Jesus, God begins to transform each one of us. How has the Gospel transformed your life?
Kabir wanted to plant churches in places like where he grew up. Places where there were no believers, no bibles and no body of Christ. Once Kabir finished his training he was sent to a tribe in Uttar Pradesh, India to plant a church.