India is our second home. It's been three years since our last trip, but Gary and I truly feel comfortable and ‘at home’. Sure it's vastly different than life in America, but we have become accustomed to:
- Starting our day with a hot cup of chai (tea) instead of coffee
- Walking to various neighborhood markets for groceries which we pay for in Indian rupees
- Using gestures to indicate what we want from the vegetable vendor (accompanied by lots of smiles and nods)
- Dodging cows, goats (and their droppings) as we walk to and from church
- Singing Nepali worship songs by phonetically reading the words on the screen
Our primary mission this trip is to come alongside local churches to strengthen and encourage the Pastors, leaders and believers. We are enjoying rich times of fellowship as we worship, study God's Word and pray together.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11- 12 NLTIndia is ranked #11 on the Open Doors World Watch List: an annual ranking of countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. Even though the area we are in is more accepting of Christians and religions other than Hinduism, it is safer for the people we work with if we stay behind the scenes encouraging them as they share the good news of Jesus’ love.
While the weather can be a challenge (right now it’s hot and dusty, yet still feels humid to me); India is a beautiful country. Tropical plants and flowers overtake any untended space; and the food is delicious.
For more about daily life in India, check out this blog post from 2019 – Vignettes from the Rooftop.
Wherever we go, whatever we do, we have the awesome opportunity and privilege to represent our Lord Jesus. Our prayer is that you will find joy in your journey, as you represent Jesus in your mission field.
The Journey Continues – Pat