We thank the Lord for the unprecedented growth we have seen in the India Ministry. The early days of Pastor Ray and I making videos in the kitchen and mailing them to a few Indian pastors are still fresh in my mind. Now the ministry has grown to 90 churches, the School of Ministry just graduated its seventh class; we have opened a Medical Clinic and a Girls Home, and are reaching thousands with The God Story, an evangelism and discipleship program. We are seeing God do tremendous things among us, and yet trials, failures, setbacks, and persecution seem also to be operating at its highest level. The only antidote to all this is prayer!
We have dedicated this issue to this year’s graduating class of KSOM. As you see these pictures, please pray for these men and the men who have gone before, who are pioneering, planting, evangelizing, and equipping the body of Christ in India.
The entire India Connection has God’s fingerprints on it and I am thankful for that. I recall the investments made by many men of God who took a step of faith and traveled to India to help equip men, women, and children in the work of the ministry. As we look at our history over the past 20 years, we see are living in a time like in the Book of Acts. The Church is confronting struggles from within and without; compromise and complacency are sweeping the nation and the world. While other Church organizations fall in love with programs and projects that are directed inwards, we must continue on a path that leads us away from “seeking our own vision” and continue to launch out with the Gospel.
Evidence that the India Connection is building spiritual momentum is all around us, but our growth will quickly hit a plateau if we become complacent and allow anything (even things that seem good) to come and sow weeds, as in Matthew 13:24-30. There are God-given seasons for growth, and we must position ourselves to walk by faith through those times. The India Connection is in such a season right now.
The challenge, saints, in our personal lives as well as in ministry, is to not allow spiritual momentum to become spiritual monuments. When we consider what it means to ‘fight the good fight’, ‘finish the course’ and ‘keep the faith’ (2 Timothy 4:7), we realize that integrity and character are our most prized possessions, and that our eyes must always be on Jesus and nowhere else. Instead of being focused inward, we obey the word of Psalm 2:8: “Ask of me and I will give you the nations.” We continue to ask, and the Lord continues to give us the country of India.