February 24, 2015
Hello everyone! Today is the last day of the conference here in India; which means that tomorrow is the last day of teaching for this trip. I head back home (or start to head back home) in two days. It has been a real answer to prayer to be here, not only in India again, but also in Nepal. Admittedly I am eager to get back home to Sara and the boys, but I will also miss meeting so many new brothers and sisters in Christ, hearing their stories of God's grace, and learning together with them from God's Word. Please keep them in your prayers. I want to thank you all who have supported me with your prayers. None of this work that I am doing, or the believers here are doing, or that you do for The Lord could be possible without His answers to our prayers.
See you all soon,
February 18, 2015
I seem to have a small window of internet access right now. But it promises not to last―so I will be brief. We have finished our first conference in Nepal! I was an experience getting there―three car breakdowns in the jungle (but no run-ins with the wild elephant that had recently been seen on that part of the road). The conference, itself, was a real joy and privilege to be part of. Approximately 35 church leaders were in attendance from the surrounding villages (they arrived either by walking or motorcycle―as no one can afford a car; and even if they could it would not be able to drive the road to where the conference was). It was so encouraging to see everyone's eagerness and hunger for God's Word. They are so faithful in preaching and evangelizing and serving The Lord, but most have had either none or very little Biblical training at all. The general pattern seems to be: someone gets converted, goes back to their village and evangelizes, a few get converted, and that original person is, by default, the pastor of a church now. The church is growing so fast here that there is a desperate need for sound, Biblical leadership. I thank God that Pastor Y and I are able to play even the smallest role in starting to fulfill that need. In just a few minutes, we leave for our next conference in Nepal. Please continue to pray for us and for those we are teaching. Thank you so much for the prayers you have already offered.
Below is the village the conference was held in. Almost all of those who attended the conference are also farmers.
We did a lot of small group work; working through many passages together.
This is the home where I stayed for the conference―it is the pastor of the church in that village that graciously accommodated and fed us.
This was the wash room for the house―you just kick the chickens out of the way (outhouse is to the left).
February 14, 2015
Hello everyone! I have arrived in India after a fun and sleepless jaunt over the North Atlantic (it's quicker to fly up and over than all the way around the fat part of the planet). I stayed overnight in a hotel near the airport. In a few hours I go back to the airport to take a domestic flight to Siliguri, India where my good friend, Pastor Y lives. I will go with him to his church tomorrow, and soon thereafter, we will make the drive into Nepal. In Nepal we teach two three-day conferences in fairly rural towns for pastors who will be coming in from many villages of eastern Nepal. Pastor Y and I will teach on the doctrine of man and on exposition/homiletics. Lord willing, after those conferences we will teach a third conference back in Siliguri. Much to do, but we trust God will provide the grace and energy we need. Please pray for us, that we would teach God's holy Word with accuracy, faithfulness, clarity, and enthusiasm. Pray also for those local pastors here in India and Nepal, that they would be able to get to the conferences, and would receive and understand and apply whatever is good and right and pleasing to Our Lord Jesus Christ.