Gospel for Asia pastor Dhumal Tambe is ready to do whatever it takes to shine the light of Christ among the unreached in his region. As he shares the Word of God and lives it out, he watches God transform people’s hearts.
Just ask Devak, who embraced Jesus’ love after seeing it shine through Dhumal.
When Dhumal helped Devak get a rickshaw through Gospel for Asia’s Christmas gift distribution, Devak’s parents, who had opposed their son’s new faith, opened their hearts to Jesus too.
Jaya can also attest to the Christlike compassion Dhumal displays. At first, she wouldn’t listen to Dhumal, but when he prayed for her sick daughter, the girl was healed. Jaya softened to the message of the Gospel and eventually chose to follow Jesus.
Determined but Limited
Dhumal lives a busy life serving people like these. In addition to leading his own congregation, Pastor Dhumal serves as an area supervisor, overseeing other Gospel for Asia pastors in his district. He always has work to do, whether leading worship for his congregation, visiting believers, praying for villagers, distributing literature or visiting the other churches in his area.
A few years ago, though, an obstacle stood in Pastor Dhumal’s way. Because he didn’t have reliable transportation, he usually had to depend on public transportation to reach the villages he needed to visit. Waiting for the public buses or jeeps delayed him. When members of his congregation or people in his village asked for urgent help, such as prayer for the sick or demon-possessed, Pastor Dhumal had to borrow bicycles from other people.
A few years ago, however, Dhumal received a tool to solve his problem. Blessed with a bike from Gospel for Asia’s Christmas gift distribution program, Dhumal’s ministry has stretched beyond the borders of what was once possible for him. He has established three fellowships in nearby villages. Whenever there is a strike and people are not allowed to travel by car, Dhumal can continue riding his bike to various places to share the message of hope, because no one bothers to stop bicycles.
The bike also makes it much easier for him to spend time with the other pastors and congregations he oversees. On Sundays, he can visit three churches in his district—not including his own. During the week, he can travel in one day to all three villages where he pastors new fellowships. Before he had a bike, this was impossible.
Dhumal had longed for a bicycle to make his ministry more effective. Now he praises God for answering his prayers.
As friends like you give generously in obedience to God, the borders of His kingdom are advancing beyond imagination. Bicycles are helping missionaries go places they never thought they’d be able to reach before, and more people like Devak and Jaya are finding new life as they learn about the Saviour.