The message below was sent to Minister of Missions John King from one of the men on the South Asia Mission Team this week. For security purposes, the abbreviations D and G are used in place of the names of specific cities in South Asia.
We woke up this morning feeling refreshed. The journey was overall very good. We took a 13.5 hour flight into D arriving 8 pm local time. We stayed at a hotel for a few hours and were back up at 4:30 on Sunday morning to catch a train to G.
Arriving early at the train station, the Enemy was trying his hardest to put stumbling blocks in our way. Yet the Holy Spirit was going before us and guided our steps.
The train arrived about 10 am and we checked into the hotel, saw some local sights, and came back for the evening. We spent time individually and collectively preparing for our training the next day.
On Monday, we enjoyed breakfast in the hotel, then came back up to the hotel room for some final preparation in advance of our scheduled arrival time of 9:30 am with a person of peace here in G.
In our personal reflection time, I was challenged with from 1 Peter 3. In this passage, Peter is encouraging the believers to be zealous for the Father in spite of persecution. He reminds them that they are held in the hand of the Father. This would be the basis for a devotion shared with our brothers later in the day.
We arrived at the household of our person of peace and immediately began training with 16 brothers (many of whom are church planters).
We challenged our brothers to be faithful in the time they spend with the disciples in their churches. By modeling 2 Timothy 2:2 and encouraging disciples to go out and plant churches, we will have victory in Christ, which is seen through the explosion of the Gospel to every tribe, tongue, and nation.
After eating lunch with our brothers, we worshiped with them in song. It is always special to hear people worshiping in another language. It reminds me that worship is not for us. It is not about style or preference, rather it is about the Father. The worship is for Him. Our worship here is but a picture of the eternal worship that will come as promised. Indeed, there will be “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. […] And they will cry out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
Keep lifting up our team. Pray that we are obedient to the Holy Spirit’s call.