“They touched and baptized the untouchables, as human beings made in the image of God,” said Ranjita Christie Borgoary from
In the early 1700s, Heinrich Plütschau and Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg were the first Protestant missionaries to arrive on the Indian sub-continent of Tharagambadi (Tranquebar) from
Dalits, a group in
God's unconditional love prevailed as the two Lutheran missionaries of Tranquebar ignored the cultural and religious discrimination of the Dalits. They approached them as human beings made in the in image of God. “They touched them,” said Borgoary. “How else can you baptize without touching him or her?”
The evil of the caste system that made the Dalits untouchable melted away in the light of the Gospel message that all human beings are created in the “Image of God.” Equal and precious in God’s sight.
“Liberated by God’s grace – I hope you will understand what that message means for us in India,” said Borgoary. “It has truly set us free.”