Hello Family, we thank and praise God that after much planning and preparation, after a 10,000 mile jorney we have arrived safely in the country of India. It has been a very challenging task to just get here but 1Thessalonians 5:24 says: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” True to his word God has brought us here.
We were originally scheduled to work in Chennai but by the divine providence of God we are in a very, very rural district called Villupurum which is 300 km South of Chennai. Our coordinator in Chennai is a man by the name of Pastor Swamindoss Johnson, upon our arrival here he told us about Pastor Raj whose district was in desparate need of Missionaries.He wanted us to come to his district as he has only seen 1 Missionary in the past 20 years. We were given some brief words of caution however as the region was extremely rural and our coordinator was not sure that we could handle the conditions.
The Lord impressed us that we should go by faith so we took the 3 hour bus ride from Chennai to Villupuram. We spent the next few days getting to know Pastor Raj (the pastor that is housing us). He told us that he was so discouraged because of the lack of evangelism that he was able to do in this city. There are hundreds of small villages that need to be visited and small churches that need to be maintained and encouraged and just not enough pastors and laymen to do this. He told us that the night before while he was in prayer the Lord spoke to him and said “All Your Sorrows will soon be over”. He didn’t know what this meant but the next day Pastor Johnson told him that the Missionaries from America(us) have arrived and were in Chennai. He told us that he had been praying for 10 years that missionaries would come and help Villupuram. As he told us this we felt unworthy and surely he was mistaken and waiting for someone else. By God’s grace we are laboring with all our might to build up the small churches here and labor for souls. Please keep us in your prayers.