This was my second mission trip to India so I was interested to see what the Lord had in store for this trip. Once I arrived the Lord kept saying to me, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Luke 10:2). The harvest is indeed plentiful. We had more people come to the teachings and the Festivals this year than last year. Villagers are hearing about us and are coming from miles away to receive a touch from God. In Sarenga last year, we had 1,000 people attend the Festival of Hope. This year we had 3,000 the first night and 2,000 the second night. The numbers are overwhelming.
Yes, the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. I would look out into that sea of faces and would feel the pain and suffering. They need so much, but first they need the love of Jesus Christ. Johnnie preached the Gospel and we anointed and prayed with thousands of people, bringing that touch from God to hurting people.
The Gospel is on fire in the Diocese of Durgapur as evidenced by the large numbers of people who traveled long distances to come hear us and receive prayer from us. But there is still much work to be done. India is predominantly Hindu with a pro-Hindu government. But the good news of Jesus Christ is spreading. In Coonor, Pastor Immanuel Paul has baptized 1000 people this year. His deacons were baptizing people during our Festival of Hope. Bishop Dutta needs more help. He has villagers that have donated land to build a church, but he needs funds to build. In each village the church becomes a community center, not just for the Christians but for all the villagers. The church building provides a place for Christian worship, weddings, baptisms, funerals and meetings. But it is also a place of respite for non-Christians. They find peace and rest in our churches. Additionally the Christian’s always share their water with all the villagers, unlike some of the Hindu villagers who won’t share their water with Christians. Bishop Dutta is a visionary, who knows how to get things done, but he needs help – the fields are ripe, but the workers are few.
There are many joys in serving on a mission trip. I love ministry days where we do nothing but God’s work. There is no newspaper, TV, Internet. We talk of Jesus’ saving grace; we anoint and lay hands on hurting people; we pray for the sick, oppressed and broken; we see burdens lifted, hearts soften and smiles forming; we see the light of Jesus fill churches and tents and we pray, pray, pray. All day we are praying — for ourselves, our ministry, our drivers, our clergy team, the cooks and servers, the people everywhere we go. And all day I pray, “Here I am Lord, use me!” Thank you to all of our intercessors who prayed for us before the trip and every day during the trip. We cannot do what we do without your support and prayers.