Faith by Hearing

India

Ramya grew up following the traditional rituals and idol worship of Hinduism. But when a local pastor gave her a radio and urged her to listen to the gospel radio programs, her life started to change.  Ramya’s Family Half a world away, Ramya sits in the open air of her rooftop porch surrounded by members of her extended family. They are gathered around a computer screen to talk to me and to a Words of Hope producer in another location of India …

Gospel on Wheels

India

Hari is an ambulance driver in Udhampur, India. Ambulances are always in high demand and short supply in India, but these days Hari receives more calls than ever.  As India’s healthcare system continues to be stretched to the limit due to the spread of COVID-19, Hari must work long and tiring days, putting himself at risk to help the people in his city get the care they need.  Hari and his family became Christians some years ago. He sees his …

Radio Still Effective

India

While in many areas, Words of Hope is expanding into new forms of media in order to share the gospel, we often hear stories of ways in which radio continues to reach out to people in special ways as well.  During the month of May, super cyclone Ampha—a powerful and deadly tropical storm—caused widespread damage in Eastern India, especially in West Bengal and Bangladesh.  A man named Aarov who listens to our Hindi radio programs texted the producers to say, …

Overcoming Addiction

India

A couple living in India recently made a three-hour journey to say thank you to a radio program producer. Jai and Parwati are long-time listeners of Words of Hope and Back to God Ministries International’s joint Hindi radio programs. As they’ve listened to and engaged with the programs, they’ve seen God at work. “I originally bought a transistor radio to listen to songs for entertainment,” remembers Jai. “One day, while surfing the channels I heard a message from Ms. Neelam. …

Searching for Good News

India

Pranav was raised as a devout Hindu. His family lives high up in the mountains of India, far-removed from larger towns and cities. “I got frustrated with the struggles of life,” he says. “I had many unanswered questions in my heart.” Pranav was feeling discouraged and decided to scan his radio one day for songs or news to listen to. “I came across a gospel song in my own tribal language,” he says. “I was happy to listen to it.” …

Women in India Recognize their Value in Christ

India

As you may know, in India, women and girls continue to receive less education on average than their male peers. In fact, the male literacy rate in India is 77 percent, while women trail behind at 55 percent. Women and girls also continue to face widespread domestic abuse, as the message from childhood is that Indian society prefers boys to girls. India is now facing a female population deficit of 35 million, thought to be largely the result of gender-selective …