Reaching the Heraka Chief Priest

Chief priest of the Herakas

In the state of Nagaland, India, people are typically either Christians or Animists. And the animists have traditionally been challenging to reach with the gospel. The Heraka people group are among those who practice animism and they have experienced past deception that has led them to fear Christians trying to convert them.

Read the religious history of the Herakas »

But God has not forgotten the Heraka people. He will keep His Word to redeem some from this group.

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. (Revelation 7:9)

God’s Work Among the Herakas

Live Global’s national partners, pastor Aki and his wife Sama, have been praying for and working among the Heraka people in Nagaland. Pastor Aki and his wife lead the Evangelism in Nagaland project in Northeast India.

Pastor Aki has made a trip to the region of Nagaland where the Herakas are a few times before. He has a strong relationship with a Christian church in the area. And once again, Pastor Aki set out to interact with the Heraka people, who—as pastor Aki puts it—”never want to hear the gospel.”

Together with the pastor of the church in the area, they planned to send out a team of people, two-by-two with an interpreter, as they visited the homes of the Herakas to share the good news and to pray with them.

Pastor Aki and the pastor even got to visit the chief priest. Pastor Aki said they had a good time sharing the gospel with his whole family. They all listened very carefully from the beginning to end. This was the first time Pastor Aki had witnessed to the priest and his family.

God Had Opened Doors

It’s amazing that the Herakas allowed the Christians to come to their homes. The pastor in the area said that typically they never want to invite Christians to come near them, or to share the gospel with them or pray. But, through lots of prayer, God opened the door so that the team could visit as many Heraka families as they could! Together they visited 13 families.

Please join us in prayer for the Herakas, especially for the chief priest, who heard the gospel so that many might know the truth and be saved.

How to Pray for the Herakas

Header image by Babul roy, via Wikimedia Commons

Pastor Aki and his wife Sama, Indian church planters and evangelists, are serving a network of churches in the nominally Christian state of Nagaland (a state in Northeast India). Work in Nagaland is challenging, but pastor Aki aims to build a spiritually multiplying church that will soon reach beyond India's borders to impact people in neighboring countries. His main desire is to see the church in Nagaland regain its passion for Christ.Pastor of a local church by day, his passion is evangelism and helping the churches in the area. By the blessing of his church staff, he is able to shepherd his own flock as well as take trips to share the gospel with others outside his town. He uses his seminary education to train up other pastors and provide encouragement.