Upcoming Trip in December 2015!
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The coolest thing I saw in India wasn’t an elephant stomping down the street, a herd of cows stopping traffic, or a 35 ft cold concrete statue of Buddha. The coolest thing I saw in India was the living God accomplishing His mission of seeking and saving the lost.
“And they sang a new song withthese words: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.'” Revelation 5:9
It is amazing to know that in God’s Kingdom there will be people from every tribe and every language on earth. It’s even more overwhelming when you consider that in India alone, there are at least 1.2 billion people with 347 known languages.
This summer, myself and a team of TN Tech BCM students saw first hand that God is raising up workers to finish the task, the Good news is going out, He is releasing people from bondage, churches are being planted, the Spirit is transforming lives, and the Kingdom of God is on the move!
In India, each morning our team of students, translators, and local church leaders crammed into the utility vehicle and set off in every direction, past the parade of animals, bicyclist, rickshaws and pedestrians. We drove outside of the town, until we met a dirt path, and then kept on driving.
When we neared a cluster of village homes, we stepped out of the vehicle and stopped onlookers in their tracts. Children postponed their cricket games, men left their work, and women left their wells, to follow us down the twisted maze of homes built of mud, straw, and brick. We always knew when we were getting close to our destination because we would begin to here the joyful singing of believers worshiping Jesus in a foreign but familiar language.
We took of our sandals, ducked, and stepped through the doorway and into the packed out one room home. This home belonged to one of the families in the church and it was where the church gathered in the 115 degree heat to worship the one true God, share testimonies of deliverance, pray for the sick, and hear teaching from the Bible. Each believer greeted us with a big smile, the hold of a hand, and a word meaning “Praise the Lord!”
Our primary purpose was to travel to these young house churches and encourage them by training them to make disciples. We did this by sharing the stories of Jesus power found in John 4 and Mark 5. We asked them to follow the examples of the people Jesus met in the Bible stories by 1) being obiedent to God, 2) sharing their story of meeting Jesus and how he changed their life, 3) and sharing Gods story from creation to Christ.We used the Roman Road (Rom 3:23, 5:8,6:23, 10:9) and the Bridge illustration to do this.
In a week and a half, we encouraged about thirty new house churches, shared the gospel everywhere we went, saw about a hundred people come to belive and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, and witnessed nineteen Indian brothers and sisters follow Jesus in baptism!
The best part for me is that we were working with local Indian believers who have given their lives to reach the unreached and unengaged people groups of India. They are the ones that do the daily work of shared the Gospel, raised up a churches, and training leaders. We were blessed that God sent us to serve along side these men and women as encouragement and as workers to help reap some of the harvest.
In the last two years, this particular network of Indian believers have shared the Gospel to an estimated one million people, two hundred thousand people have believed in Jesus, 527 churches have been planted, 520 church leaders have been trained, and they now have 45 full time Indian workers reaching the unreached…and counting!
Please remember to pray for our brother and sister in Christ in India and pray for our other 43 Summer missionaries from TN TEch BCM that are out this summer to take part in fulfilling the Great Commission.
And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelation 5:9