Final Days in India

March 25 2013

Final Days in India

Yesterday I spent 1½ hours with the top leaders of our ECI church. These men are visionary pioneers who have seen God grow the ECI to over 3500 congregations. As OMS field director I had a list of items to discuss with them. God knit our hearts together with open and heartfelt sharing. Although I am just an ordinary fellow from Middlefield, the Lord seems pleased to let me serve at this time. I also spent time with Dr. Onesimu, the principal of our Chennai Bible Seminary. A former student of mine from the early 80s, he and I have a special relationship. He shared some personal challenges he faces, but is determined to press forward. His vision includes reaching new areas of Chennai with the Good News. 

 

On Sunday, I preached in his church and he translated. Many were moved by God’s command for us to lovingly reach out to people around us still without Jesus. After the service Glenda and I met with 10 young adults and challenged them to pursue obedience to God’s will for their futures. One young lady now in university wants to work among women trapped in the sex trade. Her father, Panneer, works with World Vision, ministering among street children and disabled kids. 

 

I’ve mentioned several dreams and a vision for the future. In each one of our lives  God is inviting us to discover and fulfill his design for our days here on Earth. The first step is to ask God. Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” I pray that your life will bring much joy in the service of Christ as you step out in faith to fulfill your own dreams! 

 

This journey to India is nearly complete. Our ministry has been fruitful; the stories of God at work are many. Your prayers have played a vital part in enabling God’s Spirit to touch lives. Thank you for standing at our side! The harvest, said Jesus, is ready and ripe. Today is God’s moment for India. There is much work yet to be done! 

Yours for the unreached of India,

Roger & Glenda

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: church planting, church multiplication, faith multiplied, joymissions in India

Joseph in India

March 15 2013

Joseph in India

Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery in Egypt. Previously he was his father’s favorite with great dreams from God. Now he labored in Potiphar’s house as a lowly servant. But several times the Bible repeats the phrase, “the Lord was with Joseph.” In his darkest hour, when Joseph languished in prison for a crime he never committed, God was there with him. A divine purpose and plan was unfolding!

Today at lunch we met and prayed with the manager of the hotel, also named Joseph. His story is quite amazing. From an unemployed immigrant from Sri Lanka to the general manager of a good sized hotel, he has faithfully served with excellence. Yet he still considers his “job” to be sharing God’s love and Word with those around him. He often prays for the sick, imparting faith and healing. Now he stands at the crossroads of a new beginning, seeking to start up a number of hotels dedicated to the glory of God. He is trusting the Lord for many more miracles!

Earlier, Glenda I shared tea with a co-worker named Durai Suami. He is a young, very intelligent man of 35, and is committed to doing all things well. He is above all a servant of God, who faithfully carries out any task required of him. He is a teacher at our OMS/ECI Bible seminary, academic dean, practical ministries coordinator, associate pastor at a local church, editor and publisher of the ECI Church Planter online magazine, and hopes to soon embark on his PhD studies.

I told him of my vision to begin a compassionate church planting ministry in a slum somewhere around Chennai. We agreed to pray and gather information until I return in May. We will be seeking a T&M trainer who will begin the work under ECC supervision. In addition, D.S’s wife Ruth is a nurse who could help with a medical compassion ministry. Please pray for this dream to become reality.

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: God's provision, life changemissions in India