by Brother Neil O'Donnell
We have returned from our mission trip to India. Our trip was a huge success for the furtherance of the Gospel there. We hit the ground running this year as usual. Our plane arrived at 2:45 am on Wednesday morning and by 10 pm Wednesday evening we were on the train for a 7 hour ride north for our first few days of ministry and pastor training.
So we traveled overnight to our location and began training pastors at 10 am on Thursday. On Thursday evening we visited 2 villages passing out water filter equipment, and saris and one of our team members had the opportunity to preach the Gospel at each location. All in all, our 3 day trip to the northern part of Karnataka, yielded visits to 5 separate villages for preaching, passing out water filtration systems and saris, plus the training of 50 pastors.
On Saturday evening we boarded the train for the 7 hour, overnight trip back to our home base and prepared for preaching and baptisms at a church on Sunday morning. We worshiped with a church, participated in the baptism of 6 new Christians, and 2 of our team members were able to preach at this service. Sunday afternoon was a time to catch our breath and rest for the busy week ahead.
Monday morning we began the 3 day training of 47 more pastors at our home base. The time spent with these pastors is critical and we cherish every moment we have with them. Teaching them the biblical principles of discipleship through the “One on One with God” book authored by our friend Jerry Fine has been very successful each year.
We did have one negative take place while we were there as one of the school buses was involved in an accident where an individual was killed. The investigation into the incident will prove that the bus driver was not at fault as the bus wasn’t even moving when the accident occurred. The bus was stationary at an intersection and a motorcycle struck the bus in the side while it was sitting still.
This all took place at the end of our pastor training and our focus for a couple of days moved from the mission trip to a time of prayer for the school, the administration, the bus driver, and the victim’s family. God was truly at work during this time taking care of the entire situation.
Our last day on the field turned out to be just as busy as the rest of the trip. We traveled 5 hours south to an area where we have been before. This time Greg Stout of “Safe Water International Ministries” had a 3 hour training of pastors using water purification units. He is teaching these pastors to take these units back to their villages to use them to give pure water to all people.
Simultaneous with that training our team members fed a hot meal to over 200 HIV positive patients. We passed out Life Straws to everyone, gave saris to the women and new shirts to the men. All of this under the watchful eye of government officials who were there to witness our ministry. We were careful in what we said, but were bold in letting everyone know that we were there because of Jesus’ love for them. We even had a special time of prayer with the government officials asking God for strength for them as they work to get medical help for the HIV patients.
Our ministry in India is alive and well. We are spreading the Gospel in far regions and teaching in areas where missionaries haven’t been in decades. One area where we visited had not seen white missionaries in over 75 years. This area has no Baptist church within a 60,000 square mile area. We are breaking ground for our church planters to move in and start churches in the next few years.
We are doing all of these things because God has laid it on the hearts of churches here to come together and do what is necessary to support Touch India Ministries. I want to thank the churches of Le Flore Baptist Association and the churches of Johnston-Marshall Baptist Association for working together to accomplish so much for God’s kingdom around the world.
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