By Caroline Anderson
SOUTH ASIA–There’s not a day that goes by that Kencho Kinle* isn’t going door to door, sharing the Gospel.
Everyone in the city knows him; some even run when he approaches. His testimony is hard to forget, because it is written in blood in Jesus’ and his family’s.
Black magic and meditation coexist in the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan. Buddhism here is a mixture of shamanism and Vajrayana Buddhism, which entered Bhutan through Tibet in the seventh century A.D.
Because of the curse of the most powerful sorcerer in Bhutan, Kinle watched his family members die: his wife, three of his children, his sister, and her children.
Kinle almost lost his fourth child to the sorcerer’s spell, but a believer told him about the God who is more powerful than any curse.
Dorji Sangay,* Kinle’s house church pastor, explains: “Someone came to him and challenged him, if you put faith in Christ, your son will be saved, he shall not die. So they put faith in Christ, and his son is still alive today.”
Twenty-three years later, Kinle, now in his late 60′s, lives outside of his home country. He has shared the Gospel with every person in Buddhist communities in the area.
“I always make a point to share to the new people, so I have visited almost every single house,” Kinle says, gesturing toward the apartments outside. He says he always tries to share with those who are sick and hopeless, or have never heard the Gospel before.
“Whether they listen or not, whether they respond or not, I believe that my job is to share the Gospel,” Kinle says.
Kinle has returned many times to his village in Bhutan to share with his extended family. None of Kinle’s family members has accepted his message yet, but he constantly prays that they will come to faith in Christ.
Kinle’s uncle asked him why he would leave the Buddhist faith. Kinle pointed to his son. “Because He healed him.”
Kinle and his entire church prayed for a godly wife for his son. The Lord answered their prayer this year. Kinle, his son, and his daughter-in-law live in a small two-room apartment.
“God’s work is very exciting,” Kinle’s son, Tshering* says. Tshering’s income supports their family.
Complaints about Kinle’s faith circulated to his boss, who forced Kinle to resign. Because of this, Kinle says, he has more time to share.
“It is necessary to be persecuted, the work of God becomes greater,” Kinle says. His wrinkles say more about his pain and joy than words ever could.
Kinle is considering attending a six-month discipleship training this year. His only hesitation is being unable to share the Gospel all day, every day.
For now, Kinle will be knocking on doors daily, sharing about the God his wife and three children never had a chance to know.