As we prepare to head back to the US I look back on an incredible
week…a week that introduced me to many new brothers who are laboring with their
fullest commitment for the Lord. I have
a better understanding today what the words “fullest commitment” mean. This
week I talked with a brother who has scars on his back from the caning he
received when he left the Hindu faith. The caning was administered by his
father…who he no longer sees. Another brother told of a recent story about his
13 year old daughter. She would not pray to a Hindu god in class as instructed
by her teacher. In anger, the teacher marked her with a mark on her forehead
and told the other students never to talk with her or interact with her again. The
Lord has undergirded her and allowed her to stand strong. We prayed together
for his daughter this week. Many of the brothers (pastors) that I met this week
cannot provide food for their families on a regular basis. One gave up part of
his small possession of land, half of all he owned, to get his church started.
He is one of the brothers that is having difficulty feeding his family. Amidst
a week of stories like this, never, not once, did I hear a complaint or tone of
distress for their situation. What I heard was gratitude for what the Lord done.
My greatest respect
goes to these pastors and their families. These are men and women with a
special calling. They are men and women of great, great faith, great courage,
great commitment. I look up to them. No one will ever know their names. They
will not be famous. They will likely never pastor large churches. Yet, I can’t
help but imagine that Jesus looks down at them with a warm, supportive smile
knowing that these are sons that He loves greatly and that He is very proud of.
God’s Word will change the world. I have witnessed how
TLI is equipping pastors and church leaders to spread God’s Word. TLI is a strategic,
effective ministry. Those we ministered to are highly appreciative of your
support. Where else can they go to receive training like this? You are
equipping them to serve those that the Lord placed under their teaching
authority. I perceive that training, like this week’s, will not only give
pastors Biblical and theological knowledge, but it encourages them, builds
their confidence, and creates a support structure for them through TLI and peer
God has allowed me to participate in His plan this week.
I find great personal fulfilment, great spiritual satisfaction, and a longing
to be with these, and other brothers, who are charged with the special
responsibility, the difficult responsibility, of sharing Christ’s love in a
land with significant spiritual opposition.
I am very grateful to the Lord, and to TLI, for letting
me participate in the training activities in North India this week. May He continue to breathe on this ministry
and particularly on those that it supports.