On a recent Tuesday morning, Gary and our friend Pastor Mike embarked on a twelve-hour train ride from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Station in Siliguri to Dimapur (DMV), Nagaland. Booked on the Rajdhani Express, first-class air-conditioned compartment, they expected a relaxing trip. However- this is India.
The first glitch; They were booked in different compartments and had to negotiate a trade with another passenger so they could travel together. The second disappointment was the overall lack of cleanliness; the train was just ‘dirty’, especially the toilets. Airline-style meals were reasonably good, and they had brought their own bedsheets. After enduring the journey, they met with the rest of their ministry team and jumped right into a very full week of teaching and ministry.
Nagaland is a state in north-eastern India with a unique people group, culture and history. Each of it’s 17 major tribes and multiple sub-tribes have distinctive languages, customs and dress. Nagaland’s official language is English, and most of the people in these meetings wore Western style clothes.
Nagaland is often referred to as the Christian State as more than 80 per cent of its population identify as Christians. When sharing the love of Jesus, it is important to hear the individual’s personal experience with Jesus – since many are ‘born Christian’ and have not been truly ‘born again' and personally received Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
Nagas love Americans, especially missionaries, because it was American Baptist missionary Edward Winter Clark who brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Nagaland in 1872. Nagaland has experienced several revivals, most recently from 1976 – 1982.
With a strong Christian background, and thousands of existing churches, why go to Nagaland? Christians are hungry for a deeper move of God in their lives. This three-day Prophetic Conference was designed to train, equip, and activate those who wanted God to use them in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Hundreds of people were prayed for, received personal words of prophecy and encouragement, and are stepping out more fully equipped to share the love and truth of Jesus. Nagas have a heart to go out to other states and the nations around them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ; fulfilling the Great Commission.
|Mike and Gary's first mission trip together in 2000.
Look where they are now.
Thank you for your faithful prayer support. Because Gary is a foreigner on a tourist visa, there can be problems if government officials decided to check out the church meetings, which they often do.
While Gary and Mike were away, I stayed with Megha, and was blessed to share the Word on Sunday morning and teach a three-part series at Wednesday night Bible study on the Armor of God.
|Gary was privileged to give the young boy,
on the right with his Mother, his Biblical name.
'Andrew'. One who will bring many to Jesus.
|Village Church Worship and the Word