World MAP Seminars in India
NOTE: The following article is gleaned from the trip journal of Dr. Frank Parrish
OUR JOURNEY BEGINS
Sept 27th, 2014
I am excited to be on my way back to India! It has been several years since Wold MAP has held seminars there and I have so missed being with our Indian brothers and sisters.
Jorge Lara (World MAP Media Coordinator) and I board a shuttle in Prescott, Arizona in the midst of torrential, monsoon rains. It will be “only” 34+ hours until we arrive at the location of our first seminar in Ranchi, Jarkhand State.
A bit of a slow start, as the first of our three flights is delayed due to mechanical issues. We text our wives and we all begin to pray. It is quickly resolved, and we are in the air!
Sept 28th, 2014
We arrive in London, where we meet up with Pastor Vic Torres of Reach Out Church in New York, who is also on the ministry team. After a 6-hour layover, we all board our second flight of 8 more hours to Delhi.
Though I should catch some sleep, I am wide awake anticipating the great things I sense the Lord wants to do in the lives of pastors and leaders. Amen!
Sept 29th, 2014
We arrive in Delhi and await our third and final flight to Ranchi. Delhi airport is strangely quiet. Turns out Kashmir has experienced devastating rains, halting all tourist and business travel into that region. Lord, cover all that concerns us…
We are met in Ranchi by our good friend, Brother Velu, a key World MAP ministry partner and head of India Bible Literature (IBL).
Ranchi is overcrowded and, at first glance, very poor. It is located in Jarkhand state, which was formed just 14 years ago from various areas of surrounding states.
There are 32 separate tribal groups and languages in Jarkhand – many of which are entirely unreached with the Gospel!
As a reminder of God’s timing, we learn that our seminar in Ranchi will coincide with a festival celebrating Kali, the goddess of death and destruction in the Hindu pantheon. Businesses, schools and government offices are all closed for the week. We thank the Lord that even though the populace celebrates the goddess of death, we celebrate, worship and lift up the Lord of life and the Lord over death, Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!
1ST SEMINAR – RANCHI, INDIA
Sept 30th, 2014
The conference begins today. We are feeling pretty jet-lagged, and glad that so many back home are praying for us. God will make us able!
World MAP has rented a large Assembly of God church complex to house and feed the 400+ pastors who have come from a widespread network of rural villages for the seminar. Most of them have n
ever experienced a pastors’ gathering of any kind! As Pastor Vic notes, “we are fulfilling World MAP’s mission to reach pastors where others do not go.”
As I conclude the first main session about being Kingdom pastors, it is clear this group is attentive, spiritually hungry and very responsive. Though most have very little means by worldly standards, they have a full measure of the joy of the Lord! It was our privilege to break open the Word of life with them.
Oct 1st, 2014