Initial India trip: Travelers return, prayer needs continue

Missions Coordinator John King provided this wrap-up of the advance team’s visit to India shortly after he, Dr. Rick Byargeon and Casey Casady returned.

Just as foods such as curry nourish the people of India physically, so Temples efforts in reaching Madha Pradesh will nourish them spiritually with the Gospel.

After a nine-hour flight that featured an exciting landing and some sketchy pizza, we landed at DFW Airport Monday afternoon. We drove to Ruston that evening and saw our families for the first time in 10 days. It was good to be back home.

We will spend the next few days and even weeks processing all we heard and saw in the Heart of India. We will share some of those observations, along with a plan for how Temple can be involved in reaching Madhya Pradesh, during an upcoming share time. Here are a few ways that you can be praying until then.

  1. An Indian Christian who is planting a church in an unreached village in Madhya Pradesh serves chai (a sweet milk and tea combination). Temples traveling trio drank chai 3-5 times a day.

    Pray for the six Indian church planters we trained during our time in Indore. Pray that God will give them the wisdom to guide and grow their house churches. Pray that God will be able to use what they learned through Dr. Rick’s teaching on redemptive history to make the Gospel come to life for their members.

  2. Pray for Indian believers in Madhya Pradesh to stand boldly for Christ in the face of government opposition and periodic outbreaks of persecution. Pray that political parties that are threatened by the spread of the Gospel will be thwarted. Pray that when persecution comes, the believers will stand together and preach the truth of Jesus Christ.
  3. Pray for Southern Baptist missionaries who are serving through the International Mission Board. Pray for their continuing language learning and relationship building with locals. Pray for emotional and spiritual protection for them and their families.
  4. Pray that Christ will be exalted and worshipped for who He is in Madhya Pradesh!

The training group for the second day in India poses for a picture with Eric Rowell (second from left), Dr. Rick Byargeon (center) and John King (second from right). Rowell lives in northern India.

About Eddie Blick

I am a retired journalism teacher and a member of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, La. This blog is one of several that I created as outlets for my interests.
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