THE SPIRITUAL CLIMATE OF INDIA is extremely depraved and full of idolatry. There are temples on every corner where people go to offer their sacrifices to the multitude of gods.
They do this everyday in order to appease the gods and receive their blessings. They are in bondage to sin and their minds are darkened. This is the reason laborers are needed. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.
Revelation 7:9-10 directs everything we do: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God.” Jesus reveals our place in this mission in Matt. 28:18-20 where he tells us to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” The way we go about reaching our location is through sharing the gospel, equipping the believers, raising up leaders, and instructing them to go and plant churches.
We have been able to train several hundred men over the past few years. Out of those men we have seen hundreds of churches planted and the saints equipped for ministry. Currently the LORD is providing many new pastors in our city whom we have never met. They are willing to go through our training and equip their people with God’s vision to reach all people with the gospel. We desire to see the gospel go forth throughout our city, our state, and India. We desire to see the LORD raise up new leaders who will plant healthy churches.
With a population of over 1.1 billion people that is less than 1% Christian, India's need for the gospel is exceedingly great.
We have been extremely fortunate to have several Generation LINK participants work with us over the past few years. They have come in and meshed well with our team. The guys have given great lift to our trainings and the number of trainings we have been able to have. They also help with discipling the believers in our city. The ladies have come in and helped with our ladies trainings and reaching ladies in our community.
We are always in need of more laborers to come alongside of us to train and equip this new generation of believers. We need them to disciple and train local believers. They will also have opportunities to meet and facilitate short-terms teams that come from churches throughout the states.
The day-to-day changes a lot. It really is what you make it. There are millions of lost people everywhere and the opportunity for gospel conversations are endless. They will be participating in 2-3 trainings every month. There are many opportunities to meet and intentionally disciple new believers. India provides a hands-on application of what it means to go to vast darkness and shine the light of Christ.
Our purpose while in India will be the same as it is here: to glorify our holy God by making disciples who make disciples. Tangibly, this will be accomplished by going out into the town we’re staying in with the purpose of reaching the lost with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. We will seek to share the gospel with the nationals that we meet in malls or parks, with the hope that we can form a relationship and hang out with them again, whether at a local chai bar, mall, or in their homes. We then hope to help them get them plugged in to a local church where they can continue to be discipled once we leave.
We will also be able to come alongside our brothers and sisters living there, encouraging them in the work God has called them to do. In addition, we may be able to participate in discipleship training with national believers.