Greetings from the other side of the world in India!
It has been an amazing trip with a powerful impact on the lives of others. I was privileged to preach both Sundays, first in southern India (Ongole) and then yesterday morning in northern India (Bhimtal). We visited villages, a school for the blind, and prayed with and for a multitude of people. The highlight of the trip was leading a pastor’s conference for 150 church leaders from around southern India. The men and women were thrilled at the training, stating over and over that they had never received training like that. We’ve been asked to come back and do more training every six months, which, of course, there is not the time and money to do. But I am hoping to come back in the future.
Our time here in north India has also been incredibly valuable. The leaders (husband and wife) of a small training school (“Bible institute”) here in Bhimtal have become very discouraged recently for lack of funding and the attrition of their students. The Lord used our visit here (and my sermon yesterday) to convince them that they should continue to follow their vision to train leaders to reach the 4 million people of the district of Kuman, where there are very few believers.
My heart has been deeply moved at the needs of India. There are only about 2% of the 1.5 million population that are professing believers; there is also great persecution from Hindu community leaders, businessmen, and politicians. I praise the Lord that Sarah and the kids have been doing well in my absence. Thank you for your prayers for the time in India—I have attached several pictures below to give you a glimpse into our ministry here. Due to the persecution here in India I haven’t been able to put very much about our ministry on Facebook, so I will include more pictures with next months’ update.
We start traveling home to the U.S. in about an hour (it will take over two days to get home). Please pray for a safe trip home to reunite with my family and for a quick recovery from the inevitable jet lag of returning from the “other side of the world.” I will send prayer requests for the new school year (which starts in less than a month) next week.
Gratefully serving Christ among BOTH kinds of Indian peoples,