As reported by Dorothy Watts, wife of the Southern Asia Division president–
“There was no visible Christian presence in Kawathe-Mahankal village when the Adventist pastors first visited this place to see if they could conduct meetings there.
“This is not a good place for your meetings,” many told them. “Not long ago the pastor of the New Life group came and held a procession in our town. The people became angry and he was put in jail. We don’t want to hear anything about Jesus Christ.” Still the pastors visited around the village some more to make sure there was not an interest somewhere. Gradually the truth came out. They found 125 Christians in the village who met secretly in different houses. These were educated people, nurses, government retired workers, and other such people. However, they gave a cool reception to the Adventist pastors. They even made fun of our pastors and told them they were not interested. However, our pastors did not give up visiting these 125 Christian families in their homes and sharing bit by bit the message of truth from God’s word.
When the Sabbath truth was presented, the people were shocked. They fell to their knees then and prayed, “Lord, why did you allow us to worship You on the wrong day? Why did you not show us this great truth of the Sabbath long ago? We would have followed, had we known. Please forgive us for worshipping you on the wrong day.” The next day, Sabbath, they changed their weekly worship to Saturday and stopped worshipping on Sunday. Today they are members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and doing all they can to witness to other Christian families who have never heard this message.”
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