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Sharing The Upper Room on a Rickshaw

 

DELHI, INDIA - NOV 11, 2011: Transporting people through city on auto rickshaw in Delhi, India. The classical auto rickshaw is the unique vehicle of local transportation in several Asian countries.

DELHI, INDIA – NOV 11, 2011: Transporting people through city on auto rickshaw in Delhi, India. The classical auto rickshaw is the unique vehicle of local transportation in several Asian countries.

Every day, The Upper Room winds its way around the world in unexpected ways.

Kannada Edition, Shanth Gole

Shanth Gole, Editor of the Kannada Edition of The Upper Room

When Shanth Gole, editor of one of the seven language editions in India, hired a rickshaw driver to take him across the city of Belgaum one evening, the devotional guide found a new distribution channel.

As he sat down in the three-wheeled motorized vehicle, he was surprised to be sharing the seat with a small stack of Christian publications under a hand-painted sign: “These books are free.”

“Christians in India face opposition against preaching in public places,” Shanth explains. People wanting to share their faith find creative ways to start conversations.

Seeing the books, Shanth seized the moment and introduced himself and The Upper Room. A few days later, the driver arrived at the editor’s office asking for a few copies of the devotional guide to share with other drivers. Now, the group reads and prays together each morning.

“I thank God for the opportunity to travel by that particular auto rickshaw,” Shanth says.

The Belgaum rickshaw drivers—and their passengers—now have access to a resource that connects them to God and a worldwide community of prayer. This happened because someone like you gave to the international editions of The Upper Room.

Our international partners seek to be self-sustaining, but they sometimes encounter obstacles—including religious suppression—and struggle to pay for the translation, printing, and distribution of the devotional guide. Many language editions rely on donations to survive and grow.

Consider a gift today to bring spiritual nourishment to people around the world in 100 countries and 35 languages. When you read The Upper Room today, remember you are reading and praying with people in Belgaum, India. Your gift matters.

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