Missionaries “Come Alive” in India
A team of Global Expeditions missionaries serving in India traveled from their home base to 3 hours away. It was a region they had never been before – a place where farmers and shepherds were making their living and raising their families.
The group was told ahead of time about a previous missionary who had come from England to this village and who had given his life to reach the people living there, but when they arrived there were only a handful of Christians.
This team of student missionaries were normally enthusiastic and full of passion, but because of the intense travel and the fact that they’d been in India for 18 days already, the team was tired, short on energy and had even forgotten the chord needed to plug the their ipod into the sound box for their drama presentation of the Gospel. They arrived frustrated and, without even realizing it, had their expectations set pretty low.
Despite how they felt, the team rallied together and pushed through their feelings. They gathered the people in the village together and something incredible happened when they shared the Gospel! The team “came alive” and “caught on fire” as they explained the love and power of God to the people.
In that village over 80 adults and 15 children raised their hands to signify they wanted to put their trust in Christ and then came forward to let the students know that they would be declaring from that day on they would choose to follow Jesus Christ the One True God and Him alone!
Many of our missionaries had used their money to purchase Bibles, so they were able to leave the pastor with 15 new Bibles for all the people to begin to learn more about Christ.
Next to the pastor’s house sat the foundation for a future church which he, by faith, had sold his goats to complete the foundations and walls. With some more savings he had also purchased a large amount of sand and the church building was basically waiting for a reason to be finished. Well, they needed it now!!!
The team left that place confident God would do even greater things in that village in the days to come. Their faith had grown and as they had put aside their own tiredness to share the message of hope, and God had honored their obedience and used them to change the world!
Have you ever been on a mission trip where you had to push through your own “tiredness” in order to share your faith? If so, how did you do it and what happened?