Being a Pastor in Bihar, India

Pastors in Bihar, India are facing a great challenge. There are millions of people who have never even heard the name of Jesus. I met over a dozen pastors when in Bihar—they changed my life.

"I Lead Six Churches"

One pastor said: “I lead six churches in five villages and three small groups. I also oversee five Bible studies, water well programs, an empowering women program (where they’re learning to be tailors and seamstresses), a literacy training program for children, and we’re starting a literacy training program for adults.”

I was flabbergasted too. And what's most incredible about this statement is that there was no arrogance in it. There was pure humility. He was just simply telling me what he does.

Another said: “We’re reaching out to villages who have never heard the name of Jesus” and “The message is empowering people—they’re being healed and finding a new life. This week, we had dozens of people believe in Jesus. And our church is growing so fast that we're going to have a special training session, so that we can equip leaders."

"He Prayed ... Now I am Well"

“I was very sick—nearly dead,” said yet another pastor. “Then he [pointing to a leader of Transformation India Movement, Jesus' Economy's partner in Bihar, India] came and prayed for me, and now I am well. Today, I am back to preaching each day. I am proclaiming the good news of what Jesus has done for me and can do for them.”

The Good News of Jesus Transforms Lives

“There are women who are finding hope again for themselves and their children in the gospel of Jesus,” said yet another pastor. “They’re seeing that Jesus can change their lives for the better and embracing the gospel.”

The good news of Jesus is transforming lives in Bihar, India. Stories like these are just a few of hundreds.

When a person becomes a pastor in Bihar, India, they are committing to a difficult but incredibly rewarding job. They are deciding to share about Jesus and the incredible life He offers. They are making a commitment to lead programs that alleviate both spiritual and physical poverty.

God is at work in Bihar, India—through the message of the gospel. I will never be the same after spending time with the incredible pastors in Bihar who are serving Jesus.

Learn more about our efforts to train and send out church planters in Bihar, India.

John Barry
John Barry


CEO, President, and Founder of Jesus' Economy. John is the author/coauthor of 12 books and General Editor of Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary.