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.