Uncle Bob Speaks
Why India? “Because it was the largest and neediest mission field in the world,” says Uncle Bob. “I could have gone to China, had it been open, but India was God's place for me.
     After rising from the dead, the Lord Jesus revealed His heart concerns and what He wanted His people to do.

          •  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28.19)

          •  “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16.15 )

          •  “Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations,       beginning at               Jerusalem …” (Luke 24.47) 

         •  “As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” (John 20:21)

         •  “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be witnesses for me in              Jerusalem , and in all Judea and Samaria , and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1.8)    

    These commands challenged Uncle Bob. He reasoned, “Why should some countries have a great abundance of churches and Christians, Bible schools and colleges, Christian radio programs and publishing houses, where anyone who wants to hear of Christ and believe in Him can do so, while many areas of the earth remain without churches or the opportunity to hear the Gospel?
    “India has thousands of villages and towns without a single Christian, let alone a church, and where the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Christ is remote. The United States was the most heavily evangelized nation on earth. Why not go to places with a desperate need of the Gospel and to those who had little or no chance of hearing it?”
    Uncle Bob gives this illustration: “Ten men are carrying a log. Nine of them are at the light end, while one person alone is struggling with the heavy end. If you want to help, to which end should you go? The heavy end, of course. The USA is the light end of the log and the nine are here. Sometimes it seems they are fighting for handholds on this end of the log. Whereas a place like India is at the heavy end of the log.
    “The communists had a slogan, ‘Go where the revolution needs you most.’ Should Christians be less sensible and dedicated?
    “Paul set a great example for us. He wrote, ‘I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation, but as it is written, ‘To whom He was not announced, they shall see; and those who have not heard shall understand.' (Romans 15:20,21)
    “Some may say, ‘But what about the needy person in my own town, down the road from my house, my neighbor?’ Certainly, we are to help them and share the Gospel at every opportunity. But this does not relieve us of the responsibility of taking the Gospel to those in other lands, with far greater needs and much less opportunity. It does not free us from the final commands of Jesus. This is why I have been a missionary, and why I will encourage others to think in a Scriptural way about this. It is a matter of simple obedience to the Lord's marching orders to His church. May you carry out your duty to do what is in your power, so that the whole world, and not merely your little corner of it, has the opportunity to hear the wonderful Gospel, which alone can save from eternal ruin.
    “We have a great God, a great commission and great opportunities to serve in India . Let us work together while it is yet day, for the night comes when no man can work.”
    Bob Crow wrote this about a year before he died on May 23, 2007, after a brief period of illness. Jeevan Nair, a protégé and co-worker of Uncle Bob have taken over Grace Ministry and President.