In Chicago, one brother in Christ, Y, is equipping others to reach Hindus through a teaching system common in his native India called the gurukul. At a traditional gurukul, literally “teacher family,” students live with or near the teacher and share in daily life activities for a number of years. In Y’s gurukul, the Teacher is the Lord Jesus and the students, including Y, live in the same neighborhood and meet frequently together.
Every day, the students have an opportunity to worship Christ together at a satsang, or “truth gathering.” The students sit on embroidered cushions around a decorated room facing each other. These satsangs feature devotional songs (bhajans) accompanied by the harmonium and cymbals, corporate prayer as well as teachings from the Bible in English and Hindi.
In addition to facilitating the satsangs, Y guides the other students in sharing truth through storytelling, reading and writing Hindi and developing meaningful relationships with Hindus. Both Indians and non-Indians who have attended Y’s gurukul are bringing what they have learned to other cities in the USA and India. While the training is informal and flexible, the goal is the same: that each student can help develop a culturally relevant expression of faith in the Lord Jesus.
(Please see Colossians 1:9-10) Lord Jesus, thank You for being our Good Teacher. Fill these gurukul students with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Let them and the students who have already gone forth to walk in a manner worthy of You, fully pleasing to You, and to bear fruit in every good work and increase in their knowledge of You. We pray that many people of Hindu backgrounds in the States and around the world will become Your students. May culturally relevant expressions of faith exist for all the ethnic groups in the USA and India.
Ask God how else to pray.
Consider what to change about your daily life so that someone living with you might draw even closer to Christ.