Our India Mission Team is doing all we can to get prepared for, and raise funds to go towards the January trip. We are leaning hard into God as we pray for direction in each teaching session, write our lessons and continue to grow/solidify lifelong friendships with each other. Pastor Greg wrote the following shortly after our team retreat:
"In January, this fun but inadequate Team from New Life is going to lead a Bible Training Conference for 900 pastors and their wives in India. It is an unbelievable opportunity in which we are wholly dependent on Him to do what only He can do. On our part, we find it absurd that God would use us."
We would love for you to partner with us in prayer as we work out all of the final details and continually seek God's guidance each step of this trip - before, during and after our time in country. We will be hosting a Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Auction on November 9th to assist us in raising our funds (click HERE to purchase tickets if you are in Tucson and can join us). If you are not local but would still like to support any of us - please see the button below (select "India Missions" on the drop down menu and leave a name in the 'memo' section. Or you can put "group support" in the memo.).
It is God's beautiful providence that has put this silly, humble and perfectly-imperfect team together, and we look forward to Him taking us FAR outside our comfort boxes and deep into the ocean of humility and service. May we serve well and pour grace out from the unbelievable abundance He pours over us.
All-Church Service Day @ Thornydale Elementary
Sunday, November 18
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Service Opportunities for all ages and families
Contact: Zach Imboden at email@example.com
On November 18, we will meet at the church at 8:00 a.m. and then be taken over to Thornydale Elementary to help in a number of ways: renovating their library, planting trees/bushes with a new irrigation system, clean up the courtyard, paint a classroom, creating and writing thank you baskets/cards for the teachers, and many other activities.
The India Mission Team is excited to host our Chili Cook-Off & Live Dessert Auction to help raise funds for the upcoming missions trip in January. Join us on Friday, November 9th for a great evening of good food and lots of laughter while we take this next step in "transforming the world through the gospel".
Look forward to:
Chili Tasting & Judging (dinner for all!)
A Live Dessert Auction (with an auctioneer!)
A Silent Auction for some fantastic items and services
LOTS OF LAUGHTER!!!!
We hope you will join us and we look forward to seeing you there. Tickets are $5 per person, or $20 per family of 4 or more. They can be purchased in the courtyard between services beginning Sunday, October 21st, in the church office during office hours or through the button below! Let's partner together and spread the love of Christ!
Our mission at New Life is to cultivate a community that enjoys God and transforms the world through the gospel. I have some exciting news to share about what God is doing in the global part of that mission! He is opening a door for us to train 900 pastors and their wives in the heart of one of the least reached and most populated strongholds in the world: India. The opportunity is outrageous!
India is a predominantly Hindu nation (80%) with 15% of its population Muslim. It has proven to be highly resistant to the gospel. Even the small percentage of Christians in the country (2.6% in 1970) have steadily decreased over the past 50 years (2.1% in 2018).
Some of you may remember when Pastor Vijayan (we called him Pastor Vee) preached here at New Life in 2012. A native of India, he was organizing support for 75 Indian pastors. His goal was to support each for 5 years, until their churches could become self-sustaining.
Six years later, he supports a network of 900 pastors throughout southern India, and he has asked us to provide a training conference for the pastors and for their wives between January 18-31, 2019. What an opportunity to “transform the world through the gospel”!
Since our partnership in Senegal reached its goals we have been prayerfully considering where God will call us to partner with next. We have prayed for the most strategic place to have the most impact for His Kingdom. Keeping our same vision to partner with indigenous Christians to reach their own people we have heard God directing us to either India or Haiti. So, we are saying yes to Pastor Vee’s invitation. We are assembling a team to lead a conference in India and we will decide on a long-term partnership after we return.
We need teaching team members to go to India. If you’re interested, please follow the link below. We will take up to 4 female teachers and 4 male teachers, each willing to teach segments of 6-hour sessions to groups of 150 pastors or pastor’s wives. In the evenings, team members will lead open air evangelistic meetings in villages, distribute rice bags to those in need, and have a prayer ministry to pastors and villagers.
All this is so exciting. 900 Pastors … that’s an army! The potential impact of this can genuinely transform the world.
Please be praying for these pastors and for the training conference. Pray for our team and for the upcoming fundraising efforts to make this happen.