It is great to be back in India. It has been a year since I was last in here and I have missed this great country. Every time I come here, I am so grateful to be able to see first hand how the Lord is working here and around the world. Sometimes we forget that we are part of a larger body of brothers and sisters. This time around, I am teaching Hermeneutics to the very first class of students in a new school plant. While at times I feel underserving of such an honor, more often than not I am overwhelmingly grateful that God would give me such an opportunity.
The students we are working with are future pastors and church leaders who have the potential to change this country. Their desire to do so is evident by their willingness to sit and listen to me teach for 7.5 hours a day. To be honest I am not sure that I could do what they are doing, but they have a passion and desire to learn, which is contagious. Each day they come alert and attentive, ready to learn.
There are several things I would ask you to pray for:
1) Pray for my translator. He is working so hard to take what I say in English and give it to the students in Hindi. I tell him everyday that he is working far harder than I am.
2) Please pray that the training would be beneficial for the students.
3) Pray for the safety of our brothers and sisters here. Being a believer certainly has its difficulties in this context.
4) Pray that God would maximize and increase the ministry of the school here and the labor of those who oversee it.
India is a beautiful country with warm and inviting people, but it is a dark country lost in sin and in desperate need of the gospel. However, I am reminded of something every time I come here. God is at work and nothing can stop the advance of the gospel.