Hello Friends, this is just a follow up blog on our progress as we prepare for another extended stay in India. As we speak, we have around 7 weeks left to prepare for our second Missionary journey.
There is a definite sense of excitement and anticipation as we think about re-uniting with our Brothers and Sisters in India. When we say Brothers and Sisters I know that some immediately think in the context of Church jargon. But when we say Brothers and Sisters we really mean Brothers and Sisters as in members of our own Family. While living in India we were able to forge many lifelong friendships and so returning to work there is almost the same as returning home for us.
Even though we are definitely excited to return to India, we vividly remember the intense heat, as well as the daily 2-3 hour power cuts, the never ending supply of mosquitoes, the water problems, the sewage problems and near death illnesses. These and other very real challenges are things we must daily weigh in the balance beside our love for our brethren in India. People commend our Family all the time and tell us how wonderful we are for being Missionaries but I will be real and honest and tell you friend that sometimes there is a part of me that wants to stay in the US where we have hot and cold water, A.C, a comfortable bed, and clean and healthy surroundings and put off until another time our going back into the Mission Field.
As I assessed the situation one day it dawned on me that the Gospel has not gone to the World yet precisely because of this kind of reasoning. Where would Christianity be if all the leaders in the Reformation movement thought about their own comforts first? Where would we be if the Pioneers of the Advent Movement share in that Philosophy? Where would the Christian Church be if after Pentecost The Apostles did not leave Jerusalem and carry the precious Gospel message of salvation free and complete through Christ to the very ends of the Earth, what if they did not go because they wanted to be comfortable? My brother and Sister where would we be if Christ did not leave His comfort and glory unspeakable, to become a homeless wanderer, despised, slandered and hated of men as he sought to find His one lost Sheep you and I?
I realized that as a Christian (one who does as Christ does) I must follow His great example and carry the torch that has been passed down to me as such a cost of suffering and sacrifice. It is clear that as a Christian I am called not to stay but to Go, (Matthew 28:19) whether locally or internationally we must each decide for ourselves.
Since we returned back to the U.S. we have been very busy with Ministry as we wanted to get some awareness for the work in India. After living there for several Months, we saw great needs and unbelievably difficult circumstances for the very small Christian minority there. My Wife and myself after seeing the hardships of Christians there decided that we must do something more to assist our brethren. So we have been travelling from place to place sharing our pictures and Testimonies of our work with whoever will hear us. There have been many Churches that have been less than receptive to us but still God has opened up doors for us in several places.
We have taped 2 interviews and a sermon with Mission T.V in Tennessee last week. The Simpson Family will be appearing in the Visitor magazine July 2011 edition where we will be sharing some of our Mission work with the entire Columbia Union. We have also visited several States and spoken in many Churches. We would like to also solicit your special prayers as we tape an interview for 3ABN Television on June 22 for the 3ABN Today Program. We especially hope that through the medium of television we can share God’s Ministry with a broader audience. We hope to share many more photos on our blog as we did last year but in addition to that we hope to post bi weekly high definition videos of our tour . So those who are receiving this blog can get a better fell as to what’s taking place on the ground.
We have a great vision to carry the Everlasting Gospel throughout this Nation and into the Regions beyond so that this long night of sin and suffering can come to an end. The truth is we need your financial blessings to continue our planned projects in India. I know that we cannot all go but we can either go or send. Our time to work is short and I know that with or without The Simpson Family God’s work will go forward, not only in India but throughout the whole World. But we are very grateful to be His helping hands in these exciting and eventful times. Even though the hour is late, God is still offering us an opportunity to invest ourselves not in the temporary but in the eternal World to come. By faith in these last days God can and will give us the nations (Psalm 2:8).
Your generous support to our Ministry will help us to sponsor native Bible Workers who can begin the ground work and preparation work as well as give bible studies to new converts as we enter into more unreached territory We presently employ 4 but we hope to be able to sponsor 10 workers. We want to provide widowed Village women with micro loans to help them start small business and generate for themselves an income. We hope by God’s help to start several new congregations this year in Villupuram . After people accept God’s message we must have somewhere to place them. Hence we must purchase land and build a few Churches. We can build a Church for $10,000 in India and we hope to build at least 3 in the very near future. Some have inquired about our projected budget for this upcoming mission. We have put together some of our immediate expenses for those who are impressed to support if possible, but most importantly to help us pray as we again move forward by faith.
- Air fare $4,500 round trip to India
- Housing: rent $70 monthly + furnishing & amenities =$1,800 total
- Transportation $150 weekly
- Bible workers (6) $350 monthly
- Health Screening supplies & equipment for 3 villages $700
- Evangelistic meeting $700 times 5 villages
- Micro loan (goal to loan 10 women $ 100 each to start small businesses to generate income)
- Lay Pastor training $500
- 2nd annual Christmas project (clothes for widows, orphans & impoverished children) $800
May God bless and keep you in His care, until then. Maranatha.
The Simpson Family