Ben Hiwale takes a selfie with the girls from the Girls Home with their Christmas gift from America
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20
According to Revelation 5, one day around the throne of God above there will be a people from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation praising Jesus. When God puts something in our heart, like the Great Commission, He usually gives us a divine strategy to see the vision become a reality.
How does the Great Commission apply to us today? What is God’s strategy for reaching the nations? We don’t all have to move to a foreign country to be used in a strategic manner. God wants to use all of us, so no matter where we live or what we do for a living, we can touch the nations. God can use us purposefully wherever we are.
So how can we cultivate a culture supportive of missions in our local church? I believe it starts with that Revelation 5 vision of God’s glory enjoyed for eternity. We need a longing for His honor and renown that swallows our own selfish ambitions before we can make any real commitment to God’s mission to the world.
By doing missions work we embody the quest to be a servant for heaven, despising a life of luxury in a mansion of wickedness (Psalm 84:10). In our present life the vision can only be perceived by faith, but in eternity we will see it perfectly and clearly because we are enjoying God and divine things first-hand! Knowing that gives us the sustaining grace and endurance we need to persevere through all the monotony and drudgery of life.
At India Connection we seek the honor of our Lord, whose renown we cherish and proclaim. We are inspired by a vision of God’s glory so compelling that we will go to the hardest places and be sustained through the hardest experiences. Just a day of glimpsing God in eternity is better than many lifetimes of comfort in this world.
Missions Are Driven By Worship
One day we shall behold our God, and this is what all the saints of God in this life breathe and pant after. All worship points to this worship; it is but a foretaste of the worship that is to come. All missions should seek this worship, the glorious vision that we need to inspire great acts of faith and sustain us in daily sacrificial service for our neighbor.
This is where men and women captivated by Christ’s love brave a journey that begins with a whisper: “Who will go for Us?” (Isaiah 6:8) This road may take you far from the familiar and comfortable. It’s an off ramp on the highway of the American dream, a detour from career and personal gain, a path so strange you will sometimes feel lost and inadequate. Yet it is a beautiful and priceless journey – this life of simple faith and bold conviction, offered and spent for the glory of God in India. Will you join us?
Join Our Movement!
At India Connection, our desire is to ignite a movement of the gospel that brings personal salvation, community formation, social justice, and cultural renewal throughout the nation of India and the world around it. Our pastors in the field continue to preach the Gospel boldly, and many people are receiving Jesus in their hearts. We continue to plant new churches every year. All the Glory belongs to the Lord!
Our Medical Clinic serves those who cannot afford basic healthcare with a resident doctor and resources from the local medical community, while the Girls Home provides a safe, loving, and Godly environment to girls rescued from the streets of India.
The Koinonia College of Theology (KCOT) offers Accredited Bachelors and Masters Programs. Over the last 14 years we have sent out graduates who are planting churches and/or currently leading churches in their villages, towns, and cities. Currently 28 students are enrolled, and we are looking forward to see the Lord bring increase to those numbers.
We have opportunities for you to serve in both short and long term missions. Everything begins with prayer. Seek the Lord’s heart in prayer and then take all the necessary steps as He guides and directs your path.
Theological students are welcome to attend KCOT for a semester or a year. By experiencing a completely new perspective on life and faith, you will come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for global missions as you pursue your calling.
There is also an opportunity to teach. Qualified individuals can apply to be instructors on a range of theological topics or serve as a mentor to prospective pastors. Our goal is bold: To make relevant theological education, practical training, and spiritual formation accessible to every ministry leader in the nation of India! You can help make it happen!
We are also praying about opening a Trade School where students equipped as evangelists can learn a marketable trade. For that we will need people who can teach subjects like carpentry, desktop publishing, plumbing, electrical, tiling, etc.
A two-week discovery trip to Pune as an individual or group will give you a hands-on opportunity to experience all aspects of the India Connection ministry and help you determine whether a long-term missions calling is right for you.
You Are Qualified For Missions!
You may be more qualified for missions than you think, both in terms of spiritual fitness and vocational usefulness. 90% of churches in the world are led by men and women who have little or no training for ministry. Whether you are still in school and pursuing a “secular” degree or have completed your formal education and are working in the “marketplace,” your vocation may not be an obstacle to missions, but may very well be the unique key to unlock the door to a “closed” country that is largely unreached by the gospel.
Do you have that Godly vision that mobilizes and sustains missions in the hardest places amidst the hardest challenges? Are your “eyes on the prize?” Can you see by faith that joyful gathering of all the tongues of men singing praises to our King?
What every weary servant needs most for power and endurance in ministry is God Himself. He gives favor and honor when we are shamed.
Blessed is the saint who trusts in him (Psalm 84:12). He promises not to withhold anything that is good for us. The gospel we preach in the hardest places is the same gospel that sustains us in the hardest places.