The Bedia of South Asia and First Baptist Church Centerton in Arkansas

“Here he is!” Southern Baptist worker Clifton Melek* exclaimed. “Here is the first baptized believer since you began praying for the Bedia five years ago.”

The road had been bumpy and long for First Baptist Centerton in Arkansas. Their journey with the Bedia of South Asia began in 2006 when they first heard the term “unengaged, unreached people group.” Around 250 church members committed to pray daily for the Bedia until there would be baptisms and a church planted.

After two visits, heavy persecution by Hindu village leaders halted missions work and communication with the Bedia. But the church continued to pray. It was all they could do.

“Praying blindly was not easy,” says missions team member Marlene Broome. “Sometimes we had no contact, and other times, it was bad news. … It was a hard time.”

When Southern Baptist personnel were placed near Bedia villages, a team from Centerton returned. They learned God worked despite the silence across the ocean.

Tears fell as the missions team met the first baptized Bedia believer, Sahaji Bedia,* and
attended worship at the very first Bedia church plant … exactly five years after starting their journey.

*Names changed.

Pray for Southern Baptist workers, Centerton’s members, and Bedia believers as they partner to take the gospel to all Bedia.

This information was gathered from You can see more information about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering or the Week of Prayer for international missions there.