Siliguri, India: Our first seminar was in the far north of India. The strategy was to bring pastors down from hard to reach places in Nepal and Bhutan. That very week, serious political unrest resulted in the border between India and Nepal being closed. But praise God, with much prayer on the part of many (including World MAP’s devoted Prayer Corps), the roads opened the day before the seminar was to start!
More than 175 pastors traveled down from Nepal for the seminar, to join the hundreds more from India. We quickly discovered a deep need in that region for even the most basic Bible teaching – which only added to the joy and effectiveness of the seminar.
As I wrapped up the last session of our very fruitful time with the pastors, several brothers stood and shouted something in Nepali – followed by other pastors cheering and shouting. I was not sure what was happening until my translator let me know, “They are asking when you will come to Nepal, and the others are shouting, ‘come to Nepal, come to Nepal’!” Pray with me that the Lord will allow this to happen soon.
Kazipet, India: Dr. Vic and I enjoyed another great week with more than 400 pastors and evangelists in this part of India. We found them so very hungry for the things of God.
Pastors in India often suffer persecution, poverty and many other great challenges. Yet they serve the Lord so willingly, regardless of the cost. We were humbled and inspired by their desire for Bible teaching to lay a foundation for God-honoring and fruitful ministry.
FROM MY HEART
I am often overcome with emotion and gratitude for the privilege of serving the precious pastors in developing nations. The life-changing World MAP seminars of which I get to be a part – and the distribution of The Shepherd’s Staff to thousands each year – are only possible because of what you give in prayer and resource.
After fellowshipping with pastors in these nations, I can again testify to the impact of what the World MAP family so generously provides. On their behalf, and from my own heart, thank you for all that you do for the saints around the world. To God be the glory!