I am a Christain from South Tamil Nadu. Of course, I visit your site frequently. Let me tell you something, which may be surprising to you.
I was born in a very orthodox Christian family. Now I am 33 years old. I was a very strong beliver of christianity. I never missed praying and reading Bible a day. I was so close to God. I thought I should die for Christ.
I thought Christians were the best people in the world until I met a Badaga 1.5 years back. I was simply moved by that person’s character, hospitality, discipline, Sincerity, affection, honesty, cleanliness, decency and boldness. I have many Hindu friends, but I was only impressed after meeting a Badaga. I suddenly thought thinking, Jesus has asked us to have the above characters and a Badaga has got all these characters, whereas I have not met a single Christian with all these characters. So what is the use of following Christianity?
From that day, I never read Bible, never pray to Jesus and never go to church. My whole community, including my wife and parents were surprised with my change. They never knew that a Badaga was behind that. And I promise you that I and my Badaga friend never spoke about christianity.
The change came to me from my inner soul. No one changed me.
Now I feel daily that I should have born in that community. I felt that it is a curse for not being born in Badaga community. My ambition is to become rich and serve the badaga community. I want to join the community and be one among them.
But the messages in your website creates ‘a bit of a bad feeling’ among Badagas on Christians. What will people like me do?
I want to learn Badaga language. I need a book. I heard that 2 people in Coonoor has written in Tamil. I searched entire coonnor. But in vain. Can you please help me on this regard. Thanks – AR
Saw the Posts. Christians read Bible and Pray to have these characters. But without even knowing of Jesus, your people have these characters. Really I miss you all. One day you will definetely find me serving the Badaga community.
After learning Badaga language, I will mail to you in Badaga language. That will be my next mail to you. But it will take some time. May be even 6 months. Bye till then.
Thanks – AR