December 2, 2003 (Gospel for Asia) — Yesterday a church celebration in Assam, India, turned deadly as Kukki militants barged in and fired bullets. Five people were shot dead, including a Gospel for Asia native missionary, Samuel. Athough the incident follows on the heels of another tragedy caused by ethnic conflict, God is at work among the Kukki and Karbi tribes. GFA has planted 85 churches and 30 fellowships among the Karbi people and recently started a Gospel outreach to the Kukis, with five churches established so far.
When Samuel and his family set out to share Christ in this community, they knew very well the dangers that lay before them. Through our prayers for Samuel's bereaved wife and three children, we have the privilege to hold up the arms of precious brothers and sisters such as these, who do not count their lives dear to themselves for the sake of bringing the Gospel to those who have never heard.