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India Truth Seeker

India Truth Seeker

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Published by Sharon Seeberger
Why consider India?
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Published by: Sharon Seeberger on Dec 06, 2010
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 A Christ-Centered Reconciliation Movement Committed 
 
to Spiritual and Social Freedom for India's Oppressed 
9625 Mission Gorge Road, Ste. B2-385Santee, CA 92071619-596-0636 (o)
 
CHANGE THE WORLD…
 ONE FOOT AT A TIME
TRUTHSEEKERS’
FOOTWASHING-RALLIESOUTREACHMARCH 5
13, 2011
 
 
 The Problem
India is a country of both shining accomplishments and acutesuffering. While it is experiencing unprecedented growth, the lowercastes, Dalits (untouchables) and other tribal groups have laboredunde
r ―divinely‖ sanctioned slavery for over 3,000 years.
 
The Cause
The key to the millennia of inequity and suffering in India is the castesystem
a social order that alleges the poverty, oppression anddiscrimination experienced by the Other Backward Castes (OBCs),Dalits (formerly known as Untouchables) and aboriginal tribal groups istheir divine fate, governed by the Hindu system of almost endlessreincarnation. In India, you are born into your station in life
even if that station is child prostitution or slave labor.
3% Baniya/Merchant - Business3% Kshatriya/Warrior -Military3% Brahmin/Priest - Government
52%Shudra/OtherBackward Caste(OBC)
6%Tribals17% Muslim, Sikh,Jain, Christian,Buddhist, Pharsii16% Dalit/Untouchable
 
The Challenge
While Christian outreach has ministered admirably in India, the bulk of its efforts have been toward the Dalits, Tribals, and to a lesser degree,the upper (Priest, Military, and Merchant) castes. The largest singlegroup in India
the nearly 700 million members of the Other BackwardCastes (OBCs)
has been considered unreachable, so locked into thecaste system that they are beyond help.
The Remedy
Sunil Sardar, founder of the modern-day Truthseekers International,believes that God has already made Himself known to the OBCs, muchas God made Himself known to the Athenians to whom the ApostlePaul preached in Acts 17. A native of central India, a Dalit, and athird-generation Christian, Sunil--after decades of pastoral, church-planting, and social-activist ministry--has discovered monotheistic,pre-Christian, and even Christian roots within OBC beliefs andtraditions. He has taken up the mantle of 19th-century Indianreformer Mahatma Jotirao Phule. Phule, known as the Martin Luther of India, founded the original Truthseekers Society in the late 1800s topush for spiritual and social reform in India.Phule sought nothing less than spiritual, mental, social, economic,educational, and physical fr
eedom for India’s slaves—
the OBCs, Dalits,and tribals. In addition, Phule called upon Indians to abandon thepolytheistic system of oppression that had been imposed on them andembrace
Mahadeva
, the most high God
Jesus Christ. Sunilre-established Truthseekers to complete what Phule started. Thisinvolves challenging the current caste system and facilitating castereconciliation through what is being called a
Christward PeopleMovement 
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