And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16.15
The young man in this photo is Atul. Atul was born and raised in the city of Mumbai. Atul is a graduate at KCOT. On one of my visits to India, I had him as a student and saw The Lord place within his heart the desire to share God’s Word of hope with village people in India. What a joy there is when you see God use a simple instrument like me to inspire someone like Atul to serve. My prayer for those reading this article is to put legs on your prayers and consider going to India on our vision tour this fall. You have no idea how the saints in India will be encouraged to serve The Lord by your visit.
Pastor RayFor if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Cor. 9:16
St. Paul’s very life was to serve the Lord and bring the good news to those without the glorious gospel of hope. Paul is inspired under the power of the Holy Spirit of both urgency & necessity to preach the gospel. India is a land with over a billion souls, with less that 3% who know the Lord Jesus Christ. What a privilege it has been to go, or sponsor others to go, and share the “Good News” of salvation in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Finding Your Purpose
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Psalm 2:8
We can talk about reaching the nations for Christ, and pray the words of Psalm 2, but when we actually go to the nations in person we bring purpose and urgency to our prayers.
A short term mission trip will teach you things that you will never learn by reading prayer and praise reports. You touch the people, feel the culture and understand their needs in a real way.
Short term mission trips change the lives of those who go. It is always part of a long term discipleship process, and often the pathway to long term missions involvement.
You will fall in love with the Lord in a new way when you step out in faith and obey His commandment to Go. The breadth, length, width and height of love He will put in your heart is immeasurable.
Deepening RelationshipsA short term missions trip with India Connection is different than most. You won’t find large groups of Americans doing small projects that the Indian people could just as easily do for themselves. We are more interested in building relationships, working side by side with the people there, sometimes teaching, but always learning.
Everyone comes back from India grateful for the material blessings the Lord has given us, because they have so little. But we Americans are poor, too. A trip to India is an opportunity for the Lord to work on your heart. It is only after we acknowledge our deep need for God that we can truly serve others. You’re not a hero. India does not need short-term heroes. They need long-term partners.
To get the most out of your time in India, study the history of the country and the India Connection ministry. Read back through our blog at indiaconnection.org, talk with people who have gone there multiple times. Prepare yourself in the expectation that you will truly make an “India Connection” during your stay.
Once you are there, be willing to share yourself. Ask questions and pray with the people you meet about their needs, but also share your own prayer requests with them and with the team. People in India think everyone in the U.S. is rich, white and happy. We have the opportunity to prove them wrong on all counts!
The students and faculty at the Koinonia College of Theology will inspire you. They love the Lord and His Word. A good question to ask them is, “What is the Lord teaching you in this season?” The congregation at the Koinonia Fellowship of Pune will join you in worshipping our King. Many of them speak English well. Talk to them. Maybe they’ll invite you to their home for dinner!
The girls at the Girls Home will steal your heart. Often the women on our trips find that one or two girls will “adopt” them and they’ll end up spending a lot of time together. That’s OK. My prayer is that you will come back with stories and names of people, not just a photo album of “cute” nameless kids.
Finally, you will spend a lot of time with the team from America, sharing moments together – some stressful, some tedious (it’s a long plane ride!), and some that are filled with joy. You will grow closer. You might want to ask a good friend (or your spouse) to join you on this life-changing adventure.
Go with God!