Growing up in the home of a Lutheran teacher and evangelist in Andhra Pradesh, P. Solomon Raj felt that Lutheranism was like a plant growing in a foreign pot, even though Lutheran missionaries Bartholomaus Ziegenbalg and Henrich Pluetschau arrived in India in 1706. Raj decided to change that.
Now 86 and still a Lutheran, Raj lives in an ashram (religious retreat) in Vijayawada, a city in Andhra Pradesh, a region in southern India. He describes a lifelong passion for telling others that not only Hinduism but the Christian gospel can speak through India’s cultural heritage. “Over the years, I was a pastor, a professor and radio producer,” he said. “However, my Sadhana—my personal discipline and avocation—was to root the gospel in the native soil of India.”
|P. Solomon Raj has made creating artworks like the Nativity batik (above) part of his calling as a Lutheran evangelist and pastor in southern India.|
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