Greetings to you again brothers and Sisters in Christ. It has been quite a few months since we last spoke, but I hope by God’s grace you are standing firm and still contending for the faith once delivered to the Saints.
Our family is doing well by Gods grace after being home now for a few months. As always we have to deal with the reverse culture shock of coming back home to America. I had to get adjusted to driving on the right hand side again and I had to re program myself to operate in an organized orderly setting as opposed to chaotic overpopulated rural villages. We also had to find housing again and somehow settle down to a sense of ‘normalcy’. I think the life that we live at present is particularly challenging because we do not live fully in our mission field of India or in the US at present. We cannot be there full time or here full time, so we are in a state of constant adjustment and re adjustment. The cause of God requires greater and greater self sacrifice at every step, but as a family we still believe it is worth it.
It has been quite an eventful series of months overall as we have travelled quite a bit to minister in various States in response to the invitations of many brethren. Our ministering partners are scattered far and wide and so we have made the commitment to visit them and to give them a personal report of the various accomplishments of the past year in India.
God has truly given us His Spirit as we have sought to encourage and inspire our brethren here on the home front. I can honestly report to you that the Holy Spirit has attended our efforts in a marked way and men and women have been stirred and motivated as we have gone forward and shared our testimony. We have sought to be as faithful Calebs and Joshuas in our day and to bring to our brethren in the U.S. a good report. Yes there are giants in the land but we still believe that we are well able to possess the land in the name of the Lord.
At present we are in the planning stages for another Missionary journey to India. I spoke to a friend of mine there in India and he informed me that the current temperature there was was over 113 degrees Fahrenheit he said “ brother we don’t have to worry about what hell will be like because I think we are living in it right now”. Another Pastor friend of mine also warned us not to return now because in some places in India there have been fatalities and various sicknesses and maladies associated with the intense heat. Also in Villupuram where we reside they are averaging a minimum of 10 hours of mandatory power cuts daily in order to keep up with the huge demand for energy. We have contemplated these very relevant and concerning matters as it relates to the conditions on the ground and still feel impressed to go forward again. This humble work in India was began out of much struggle and sacrifice so why should it stop now because of such hardships. We daily think of the many souls that the Lord has gathered during our course of labor in India and we look forward with longing expectation to be re united with them.
It would seem that every year the work in India is expanding wider and wider. When we began we weren’t sure if we would be there just for one missionary trip or more than one. As we have sought to follow the Lord’s providence we now see that this was not meant to be a 1 short term trip but something much bigger. So we are again planning to enter into the warfare. I feel like the Lord has resurrected a place that was dead for many years and has truly revived the stones out of the rubbish as in the days of Nehemiah. A placed was was relatively unreached with the Gospel for many decades is now slowly blossoming as a fresh flower in the spring time.
We have several lofty goals planned for this trip to India by God’s grace. 1. We plan to construct 4 new Churches during our appointed time for work in India. 2. \We have a plan to conduct 5 Evangelistic and health meetings in areas that were newly entered. We have devised this plan as a means of strengthening our new companies and instructing those young in the faith. 3. We will be entering several new Villages on this year as our plan is always to expand the work further and further into the regions beyond. 4. God has blessed us with a team from Europe who will be working and training with us for a few weeks in Villupuram. My good friend whom I have worked with several years ago in Mexico has agreed to come and strengthen our hands and so we will be training some new workers by God’s grace. 5. The Christmas projects over the years have been very successful and we hope to provide food and clothing to more than 1,000 needy individuals this year. 6. We also hope to secure land and possibly begin construction on an Orphanage and education center to help many young boys and girls who are motherless and fatherless.
We never are not sure when it will be our last Mission trip to India. Whenever we go we try to work with all of our might because we know that “the night will soon come when no man can work” ( John 9:4 ). Some of you reading this blog have been the recipients of our blogs since the beginning. I want to thank you so very much for your prayers and encouragement to us over these years. At times we would almost feel alone in this struggle were it not for your e-mails of good cheer to us as we fought the battle in the name of the Lord. I also want to thank you so very much for the trust and confidence that you have placed in 3 Going forward. We are a Ministry that does not receive a salary or a monthly guarantee from any Church or Ministry. But still we have been able to preach the Gospel to hundreds, build Churches, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and take care of the blinds, the orphans and widows. This has all been done through God inspiring fellow laymen like yourselves to help us. People, some of you whom we have never met have invested in this most worthy cause and have enabled us to be a voice for the many voiceless ones in India. On their behalf I want to humbly say thank you. I want to also extend to you the invitation to partner with us as we again go back by faith to India In the month of July 2012. If you are so impressed to support you can made a donation online at www.3goingforward.com just click on donate. Or you can mail checks to P.O. Box 324 Burtonsville Md. 20866. Friend, please pray much for our humble family and please drop us a line as we are always delighted to hear from you. May God bless you and may we work together to carry the Everlasting Gospel to every nation, kingdom, tongue and people in this generation. Maranatha.
Gavin, Marion & Noah Simpson
3Going Forward Ministries