This is a note from a friend who lives in a different part of India. He knows Temple BC well, and has a passion for seeing us reach, “The Heart of India.” He knows it starts with our prayer and obedience now. — Missions Coordinator John King
The work I’ve been doing over the last two years has been largely focused at college students and young adults in my city. Because this is a transient population, I’ve met lots of people from throughout India who have come up here for school.
A few weeks ago I was on a college campus just outside of town with one of our summer volunteers, and we ended up playing basketball with a few guys. At the end of the game I had the chance to sit and talk with Pranit*, a first year student from [a city in “The Heart of India.”] I was able to share the good news with him, not only that time, but we were able to meet up and discuss it several times over the next week before he left for summer break. He didn’t decide to follow Christ, but a seed has been planted in his life.
Then, this past week I was on a train, unexpectedly missed my stop, and ended up having to ride all the way to [that same city in “The Heart of India.”] before I could get off. It was dark by the time I arrived and all I saw of the town was the road between the train station and the bus stop, but during that time I was able to share briefly with my auto rickshaw driver, Naveen*. He had never heard the truth of Jesus before.
As I rode the bus out of town that night I said a prayer for Naveen, Pranit, and the rest of that city. It is a city that, like most of this country, needs to know the truth of Jesus — the one who came to save the lost. And even as I write this letter, I am again praying as Jesus commands in Luke 10:2 — for “the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” I’m praying that many of these laborers will be brought up from Temple to reach [that city in “the Heart of India”] and the surrounding region.
There are believers in this area, and they need Godly discipleship to learn how to follow Christ, how to share the hope they have, and how to start healthy churches. In other lives, seeds have been planted and watered, but many of these people have yet to make Jesus the Lord of their lives. Still others like Naveen have never heard of the Christ who died to be their Savior.
I am grateful that the Lord has burdened Temple with a desire to reach this region in the Heart of India. I pray that as a church you will continue to partner with national believers and missionaries and that as individuals Temple’s members will prayerfully consider going and being part of the work there.
“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” – John 4:35b
*Names have been changed.