THE first evangelistic meeting to be held in Chandigarh, capital city of the Punjab and Haryana states, began April 16 in the Red Cross Hall. Many non-Christians were among the 150 regular attenders at the four-night-a-week meetings. Forty earned Bibles for regular attendance. Since these regular attendants did not understand all they read in the newly acquired Bibles, doors are now open for Bible studies.
W. G. Jenson, evangelist and Voice of Prophecy and lay activities secretary for the Northwestern India Union, was assisted by C. M. Dass, M. R. Massey, J. M. Bagga, A. M. Shingara, Edwin Mathews, and the writer. Inspiring music, motion pictures on the life of Christ, question-and-answer periods, and the singing of a prayer by Pastor Jenson were regular features of the evangelistic series.
In addition to the four-night meetings each week a Moody Bible Institute film was shown each Saturday night.
During the six-week evangelistic series, Pastor Jenson met with his six assistants each week morning at eight o'clock for
prayer and Bible study. Difficult passages of Scripture were made plain by reading the Bible in various languages and translations. One worker remarked, "This is a small seminary here in Chandigarh."
After one hour the group fanned throughout the city on cycle, scooter, and rickshaw. Handbills were distributed, interested people visited, questions were answered, prayer was offered in the homes.
Sunday night, May 28, marked the close of the four meetings each week. Meetings now continue twice a week in the same hall. Several interested people have expressed a desire for their children to receive a Christian education.