Our love for others is our grateful response
to the love God first demonstrated to us. 1 John 4:19 TPT
Our time in India has flown by and has been very fruitful. Working alongside The Master’s Touch Church and Pastors Mike and Megha Gutknecht has been a great joy. In addition to regular church services, prayer meetings, home groups and Bible Study, there were special outreaches during December.
Eye clinics in India are not at all clinical! With numerous people participating in multiple conversations, carried out in five languages, the cozy space we were set up in sounded like a large family gathering. Which – to be honest it really was. Eye exams were conducted, glasses were distributed, neighbors visited with each other, and the Gospel of Jesus was shared.
What a joy-filled day it was. By our best count 80 people had their eyes checked, 60 pair of glasses were gratefully received, the gospel message was shared. Regardless of their ethnic background, religion, age, or vision problems - all were prayed for and touched by Jesus’ love.
Baiganbari – Tea Garden Village
The local team from The Master’s Touch has an ongoing weekly outreach to the Tea Garden Village of Baiganbari. Strong relationships have developed over the years as they help the children with schoolwork, teach Bible lessons, provide basic medical care and assist with other basic needs throughout the year.
Haircuts at Baiganbari - Armed with plastic salon capes, hair clippers, scissors, combs, ready smiles and generous hearts – a team of eight hair stylists from a local salon descended on the village and provided free haircuts to over 20 children.
Christmas Celebration at Baiganbari – Children and their families enjoyed an evening of singing, teaching about Jesus and the reason for Christmas, gifts for the children (a warm jacket aka a hoodie and matching sweatpants) and snack boxes for everyone there. Our host family in the village are Christian and set up a lovely nativity scene. The very rustic village setting really made that ‘first’ Christmas come alive.
Thank you for being a part of showing Jesus Love to “the Least of These” (Matthew. 25:32-40) We believe it brings a smile to Jesus’ face as we share His love in a tangible way – especially as we celebrate His birth and share the real reason for Christmas.
The Journey Continues into the New Year ~ Pat
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