The message below was written by Daniel Barnes on behalf of Dylan Holstead, Minister of Missions John King and himself. They form Temple’s team on mission in South Asia in June 2014. For security purposes, towns and cities are referred to only by abbreviations.
As we are heading home, we have the opportunity to reflect on what we have been a part of this past week. We can start to process the many different things we were a part of and all the different things we have seen. From house fellowships to train stations, rickshaws to temples, it has been an incredible journey.
During our time in MP, we spent time training local believers to go and prepare the harvest field, and we gave them tools to harvest what has grown. The hospitality of these local brothers was simply overwhelming. We would enter their homes, be led to their bedroom, the largest room and sometimes the only room with a fan, and they would serve us food and chai as we waited for training to begin. If the power went out they would fan us themselves to make sure we were comfortable. All the time, joyous that we were there to help them. They would tell us about their fellowships and how they had been provided for by our Father and stories of success in their areas. They always asked that we would remember them in our prs and thoughts. We often traded email addresses or took pictures with those that attended the training. The joy and desire to learn stands out in my mind. That some were willing to travel 4 hours to sit in 117 degree heat and learn how to follow the great commision is very encouraging for the work that is being done in MP.
This trip has been an incredible time of growth, encouragement, and learning for us, as we return to our own harvest fields, as much as it was for the local people in MP. I know we all look forward to seeing the fruit that our Father will grow out of this trip and I, for one, am definitely looking forward to returning one day.