Trading karma for compassion in South Asia
Karma. Its meaning goes beyond “what comes around, goes around.” For Hindus, karma means undergoing a cycle of actions and consequences. To them, being saved from it would rob them of paying the price for their deeds and hoping for a better future through reincarnation.
That’s why the neighbors of a wounded man crying out in pain also cried out — not for help but in complaint that he was too loud and unaccepting of his fate, especially since he had lit himself on fire in a fit of drunkenness and dissatisfaction over his dirt-poor life.
It would be easy to call those neighbors crass, but many of them don’t recognize any other way to believe. And yet God desires and deserves the worship of all people.
Donald and Helen McKinney* have reached out to the downtrodden in South Asia. Helen has used Lottie Moon Christmas Offering funds to distribute food and school supplies to women and children.
Through Helen’s outreach to these families, the wounded man’s wife believes in Christ. A local pastor whom Donald helped train in discipleship led the wounded man in a prayer to Jesus before he died. But there are so many more who need to hear that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
PRAYER POINTS» Pray the McKinneys will not be overwhelmed by the sheer number of needs and people who need the Lord there.
» Pray for Hindus to hear that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life — and the only hope of a better future.