Thursday, November 27, 2008

A short-term mission trip to India in 2009

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" - Isaiah 52:7

Lord willing, I will help lead a 10-day mission trip to India next fall. In Luke 10:2, Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” So I have been praying that God would begin to work in the hearts of people I know, drawing them toward a family-friendly, short-term mission trip next year.

Who: 25-30 Christ-followers
What: Evangelism, discipleship and church planting
When: November 12-22, 2009
Where: Rural Banjara villages near Khammam, India
Why: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” – John 4:34b
How: I look forward to discussing details with you soon.
The Banjara gypsies once traveled and worked the spice and silk caravan routes between Asia and the rest of the world. They are a tribal people now living in small rural villages in eastern India, serving a host of idols they call “gods.” When the Banjara hear about the Living God – the One True God, Who sent His Son to die so they could live forever with Him – they ask the same question again and again: “If Jesus died over 2,000 years ago for everyone’s sins... and then rose from the dead to ascend and rule as King in Heaven, why then have we not heard of this Jesus before now?”

Meet the Banjara people:

People need to hear about Jesus! Our Father needs messengers to take the good news to His harvest fields, and the Banjara are ready to receive! Romans 10:14-15 reminds us, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”

I hope you’ll prayerfully consider being those ‘beautiful feet’ that are so needed among the 12,000 Banjara villages in Andhra Pradesh state, India. Want to know more? Email me today.

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