Many people think a mission trip is “GO GO GO GO” all of the time. However, if you do enough mid to long-term ministry, you will discover that there is a lot of “down time”. Today is one of those restful, reflective days. Even on a beautiful day like today, I find that sometimes I have to guard my heart to prevent doubt, discouragement and defeat from entering in…
Given the difficult struggles we have seen, it seems silly to complain about my laptop that has fried (at least the battery, maybe more). But today, I fret (keeping it real, people) about my lack of return airfare…wondering aloud if I am going to see my home in Texas again when our mission ends in about 30 more days. And so…I tell my mind to think of good things:
We have been able to spend a good deal of quality time with some amazing pastors in Andhra Pradesh who are literally laying their lives down for the sake of the Gospel. As a result, we have identified some who we know fit our “ministry model” that our Father has called us to serve. This excites us!Conversely, we have also begun to rule out a few whose primary motive seems to be all about money. This hurts, because we love them but cannot work with them effectively because of their mindsets. But as Paul said in Philippians 1:15-18, “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.”
Please remember me, and our Associate Director, Mahlon McLean as we continue to serve here in India. We remain in SahakaraNagar until Tuesday, when we will board a train to Rayakottai, Tamil Nadu. As our Father provides, next weekend (around the 22nd or 23rd we hope) we expect to go to the far northeast state of Nagaland, where there is much violence but strong requests for our presence. Then, we plan to return to Bangalore in early April for our “little” brother Stevie Dass’ wedding.
The people who do the will of God look out of their mind to those who simply exist. Especially nominal Christians. “Unless there is an element of risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith.” Spoken by one of my heroes: the great missionary to China, Hudson Taylor.
Prayer is the fuel that propels us forward. Thank you!
Hands Held High