India (February 4-15)
Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) became my hub in India. After a quick night, I flew out to Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat to work with N. in 18 training church planters from 6 different states. The potential for rapid church planting movements in this group is great.
After 4 days in Ahmedabad, I flew back to Kolkata and took an all-night train to Malda in West Bengal to work with S.M. For one week, we equipped 23 leaders (most of them like the Apostle Paul working with their hands while taking on the task of ministry), teaching in home group Bible studies filled with new believers, encouraging the persecuted church and visiting key leaders in Christian education throughout the area.
Malaysia (February 17-19)
By God’s grace, a new avenue opened for impacting Asia when I met with Dr. P. of Malaysia Theological Seminary. STM is one of the two largest seminaries in Malaysia. In our time together, the joy and excitement of partnering together in training leaders emerged. We made plans to launch God’s Plan for His Church in August and work closely together with students and pastors in the first quarter of 2018.
Reflections: Working with men and women who labor with little and worshiping with the persecuted church, inspires me with the truth of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” For the Apostle Paul, this was not only the source of his strength in ministry, but it was also the power to be content in any circumstance.
When I look into the face of those who stand with Christ against immeasurable odds, those who know a peace beyond comfort and a joy beyond an easy life, I am challenged to leave my frustration over little things and press on to what matters most: spreading the gospel and the glory of God to the entire world.
Would you please join me in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Thailand, India & Malaysia; and would you join me in asking God to plant strong, self-sustaining, self-supporting, reproducing churches among all people groups? Would you pray for me, that genuine contentment, the kind that only comes from Christ’s limitless strength, would take me beyond my petty concerns and into a world in need of Him regardless of the cost? Would you join me in this wonderful work of exalting Christ in our world, right here where we live?