This MTM ministry trip was marked by four major ministry events all in one trip to India. This included three different leadership conferences in three totally different regions of India. All this was followed by the Burkholder’s officiating in a wedding in yet another region of India. This trip also included hosting three different MTM teaching teams from different parts of the world. After 10 different air flights and one month in India truly this was MTM-Ministry To the MAX.
Where would you fit yourself in this description? Like the Great Harvest Jesus spoke of…some are observing, some are sitting, some are standing, and a few are working…and others are just going on with life as normal. Lu 10:2, Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.
Arriving in Indonesia, we deeply felt our dependency on God as we experienced city life, strange languages, dangerous traffic patterns. The cultural differences from America was amazing.
Therefore, (Because Christ ever liveth) my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
INDIA – A country of 33 million Hindu gods. – A country with a population of 1.34 billion people (only China has slightly more). – A country where idols & images are worshiped. – A country where there are 229 different languages. – A country where there are 1,514 gospel unreached people groups. – A country where only 1 in 100 marriages end in divorce, one of the lowest rates in all the world
Maharashtra State alone has 11 million people in 43,665 villages and only 1%, of the total population are considered Christian (and this would include Catholic). – All India and Maharashtra desperately in need of the LIGHT of JESUS CHRIST. – All India and especially Maharashtra, SO GREAT A NEED FOR SPIRITUAL DISCIPLESHIP & TRAINING. – WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY?
It was with mixed feeling that I climbed into my parent’s vehicle to head for the airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There were sad feelings were due to saying farewell to my wife and 3 younger sons for 9 days. Those feelings of sadness conflicted with the emotions of excitement as I was finally traveling to India with my father, Raymond, to participate in an MTM youth conference in Gyalshing, West Sikkim. This was a dream that both my father and I had for many years that has finally coming to fruition. It was also exciting that my two oldest sons, Kyran (11) and Raygan (9), were going along as well.
As you read the title, what were your first instinctive thoughts? Where in the world is Vietnam? Depending on your age you may have immediately thought of the horrible atrocities of the 10-year war that the US was part of in this small Asian country. A war for freedom that ultimately was lost to communism. Or perhaps your immediate thoughts were a restricted, communist, closed to the gospel country. All the above facts are true, but what about Vietnam today?
Upon our MTM team arrival in Andra Pradesh, state of India, Pastor Abraham Samuel hosted us in remote tribal village visitation. Just ahead of our arrival, there had been heavy storm activity in this region which downed trees and cut off the electricity and swelled the rivers. On our way to the first village we came to a river that we needed to cross but the river was to high for our auto to cross-over. Now what to do?
“Thank you for coming and teaching us.” “Thank you for showing us”. We have never heard these kinds of teachings before, and we did not know.” This was the repeated response of the youth attendees of this Youth Advance Conference at Bhubaneswar, India. This city is very dark and has great spiritual needs. There are more than 700 Hindu temples in the city and it is known as “Temple City”. Odisha state is a region of India well known where Christians face great opposition. To this very day there remain 79 gospel unreached tribal people groups in this state alone. God is calling native men and women to fill the great need to passionately “Pursue the Heart of God” to carry the gospel message of Jesus Christ unto the lost and dying of this region of India.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, Rom 3:23. Yes, Lord, I know those heathens in India! That they are Buddhists, Hindu’s and who knows what all other false religion cultures there are, that have fallen short of the glory of God, but me?? But, surely not me! I mean I have Christian relatives going back more generations than I can count, and I have went to church and Sunday school ever since I was born and I really haven’t been all that bad, have I God? “ALL and that is what it means, ALL.” Some of the all who have sinned are part of the 1.1 billion, yes, billion who have never heard, and half of those live in southeast Asia. We argue and fuss over Jesus 2nd coming while billions have NEVER HEARD of Jesus first coming.