Missions Coordinator John King provided this background for Temple’s efforts to join in mission work in India.
After months of prayer, and preparation, we are ready to head out on our vision trip to the “Heart of India” on Thursday. Here is a little background on how we got here.
In the spring of 2010 Temple entered into a strategic partnership with International Mission Board missionaries to reach a state of India we refer to as the “Heart of India” for Christ. This state (we do not name it specifically because of security reasons) has around 70 million inhabitants, and less than one out of 200 people call themselves Christians. A task like that is bigger than we can accomplish by a dedicated team of missionaries, or even a local church. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit. As a church, we have committed to send and support full-time missionaries (through the IMB), to send short-term teams, and to pray wholeheartedly that God will do an amazing work in this frontier land!
This trip is the first of what I pray will be a series of strategic engagements. Working with long-term field personnel, we (Dr. Rick, Casey Casady, and I) will ask God to show us how Temple can impact this mission field through prayer and short-term teams. We will specifically be looking for physical and emotional needs that we as a church can meet that will open doors for the Gospel to spread into new cities and villages. We will be bringing back stories from local believers and IMB missionaries who need our prayers.
Pray that God will guide us as a body of believers to develop a Heart for India — a desire to see Christ honored, and lives changed by the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father! That is the passion that must fuel our ministry locally and globally.