What a blessed opportunity! Himachal Bible College & Seminary is located in the sub-Himalayan region of Northern India. HBCS is an accredited college & Seminary that gives the students the credits & degrees needed to get the good-paying jobs they desire. A good education is a very high priority in India. There is a lot of value put on a college degree even for the ministry.
I was impressed with the hunger and thirst for the word of God, and their desire to have pure hearts before God. During a brief testimony time, a young man shared how he was the only Christian in his family, and how God had shown him that he needed to ask forgiveness from his father and mother for some of his wrong actions in the past. Another commented that he always wondered why ladies didn’t cover their heads, since it’s in the Bible. Another shared how he wants to have a pure heart for God like Joseph. A young lady shared with me later how Hebrews has always been one of those books that she was afraid to study, and she was so excited this week to learn about Melchizedek, since it never made sense to her before. There were tears and brokenness before God, and we found encouragement as we discussed the truths of God’s word. Repentance happened as God’s Holy spirit pointed out areas of our lives that needed to be changed.
The MTM vision of teaching faithful men who will be able to teach others also resonates in my heart in a greater way after the Odisha Bible School in India the last 3 weeks. I was extremely blessed to be a part of this year’s Bible School here in the state of Odisha. There were 31 men here for this Bible School; along with the 4 dear pastors who organize and make it all happen.
India… a land one third the size of the United States, yet has four times the population. A country half way around the world from many of us, yet close to our hearts. A place where most of the people have never heard the name of Jesus, not even once. Where idol worship is seen everywhere, where little by little Jesus is being introduced by faithful brothers and sisters.
MTM will be do four conference with different guest teachers along the way.
Please pray for:
Safety as the MTM team and each of the guest teachers travel to and from the conference locations.
Each of the teachers as they teach the Word of God.
Open hearts to receive God’s Word.
In our world of unreached peoples and staggering need for discipleship, sometimes it is hard to know where to focus one’s efforts. As I ponder over the World and its immense spiritual needs, one thing seems to stand out to me as a clear priority; those asking for teaching and discipleship. When I learned about Raymond’s focus with MTM, it resonated with me. MTM’s focus is on answering the “Macedonian call.” There are people scattered across the globe who are ASKING for discipleship and teaching, and this is what MTM focuses on. That priority makes sense.
Recently a Christian leader in India was involved in a court case concerning his baptizing a new believer. One was a young girl who went on to marry a Hindu man. They discovered she was a Christian and she was killed by her husband’s family. Going through her phone they found pictures of her baptism and were able to trace the leader who had baptized her. He faced legal charges in a costly lawsuit, costly in time and money. Another leader in India is also facing a court case involving a tract written using the ministry name. Because the writer used the story of the prodigal son and talked about the fatted calf, the Hindus have taken the ministry to law.
Our energy is feeling spent, but our hearts are full and overflowing with joy at the welcome we received and the gladness with which the teaching from God’s Word was received from the brothers and sisters here in Cambodia.
We were part of two worship services on Sunday; at Myitkyina in the morning, and at another congregation in an outlying village that evening. Monday through Wednesday was spent teaching at the church with about 150 brothers and sisters attending. There were some pastors, deacons, and participants from other congregations also in attendance. Brother Merle taught on marriage and leadership in the home, with the last message on the “headship veiling”. Brother Ward taught on godly parenting. The teaching was very well received.
The gospels give us several accounts of Jesus and his disciples out on the water. This is one you have not heard for it is just now being written. Twelve disciples leave the far reaches of Chin State in northwest Myanmar. Three of them travel by motor bike for a day to join the others. Together they travel south, one day by boat and then 25 hours by bus.