“When He saw the crowds He had compassion on them…He said to His disciples, the harvest is great but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:36-37
Rudi’s story is about what ‘praying and going looks like’
“My story goes as far back as being in Pune, India after my DTS outreach and then to the Netherlands for my SOFM. I clearly remember the challenge to seek God for a specific people group in India. What a challenge! According to Joshua project, India has about 2500 people groups and amazingly God spoke to me and confirmed clearly about one of them ‘The Yadav’ people group. My answer was bold ‘I will go and do it!’ From that moment the Yadav people have been imprinted on my heart. I talk about them, pray for them and challenge people to reach out to this very neglected Mega unreached people group.
In the first years of my calling I traveled a lot in search for the Yadav. I stood out in many villages as the first white skin seen in this generation. As I walked in the words and promises of the Lord He brought me in touch with a very small group of the first Yadav believers. Each experience was compelling and supernatural.
In Madhepura, Bihar there was a Christian Yadav family praying for 10 years that God would provide someone to help them reach out to their own people. In 2001 when I walked into their pharmacy it was an overwhelming joy to pray with them for God to extend His Kingdom among the Yadav’s. This family was a part of a traditional church in the neighborhood that had no interest at all to reach out to the millions who never heard the Name of Jesus.
One day during my travels on a train I felt the Lord’s conviction about love and knew it was related to the people sitting opposite me. Without speaking their language I soon learned that these were Yadav newly weds on their honeymoon. They were from a village with no Christian believers, no churches, Bibles, Christian schools or anything that would bring them to the knowledge of God but had for several years desired to become Christians and did not know how. We prayed with them and later sent them a Bible.
Two years passed before we found a Yadav Pastor, the first known Pastor in Bihar who had been educated and completed his studies in Bible school. He felt called to start a fellowship in that village with approximately 30,000 people and a small fellowship of believers who are now requesting a good Christian school in their village.
I can’t keep quiet about God’s plan for the Yadav, one of the largest un-evangelized people groups of India and perhaps the world. I have experienced the power of ‘Praying and going’ and what that looks like. “So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields” Matthew 9:38