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Augie A Legacy of in India By Roger Kruse, Church Multiplication Facilitator for India Every time I go to India, it is an ad- venture of faith. I always encounter an unpredictable and chaotic element that must be embraced and cannot be con- trolled. My Western mindset, with its propensity to seek organized and timely happenings, is always challenged! Yet, the people of India are rich in faith and love. They are hospitable and generous, and they are ready to believe and obey the Word of God. This great nation of 1.3 billion people is diverse, with 2,554 people groups, of which 2,289 are con- sidered unreached. Nevertheless, the harvest is not only plentiful, it is also ripe! In 2017 alone, OMS’ Every Community for Christ min- istry established more than 12,000 new worshiping groups (house churches) using the Train & Multiply strategy. In November, I was privileged to see God at work in 16 villages in 4 differ- ent states. Wherever I go in India, I in- evitably discover thrilling stories of lives transformed by Jesus. I also meet faith- filled, obedient-minded, visionary men and women who are passionately mul- tiplying house churches among villages that previously had little or no access to the Gospel. I taught Lawrance John (pictured above with blue shirt and glasses) at the Madras Bible Seminary (MBS) in 1981– 82. Now, almost 38 years later, he has an inspiring legacy of planting new churches in the subcontinent. Before he was born, 10