“Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19)
Does the thought of going to all the nations scare you? Do you feel the Spirit nudging you to go, but feel anxious about leaving your family and friends for the ends of the earth? Many churches, as they are growing their missions programs find that they have one or two who are interested in going, but just can’t devote the time or manpower to putting a team together for just a couple of people, so they tend to let their vision die.
This is where Harvesters International Ministries (HIM) can be of assistance. We have ministry partners around the globe and schedule several trips a year to visit the different partners. It doesn’t matter if your church only has one or two people – we can put you together with a team of like-minded Christians from all around the US to fulfill the call the Lord has placed on your life.
The following report is a testimony of the blessings that some women from a church in Mars Hill, NC experienced as HIM assisted them in fulfilling their call to minister in India with our partners Kamlesh and Ranu Bairwa and the Good Samaritan Sewa Kendra ministry that they operate in Ujjain.
“We spent a lot of time in our room watching the local Indian people go through their everyday tasks; from carrying items upon their heads, watering their cow, driving farm machinery to playing cricket. It was incredible India just like the ads portray. One activity that is still clear in my mind is when the hotel employees brought the trash over to the field on one of those carts that look like a railroad cart.(I actually have one of these in my shop). They would bring the trash over to the left side of the field and dump it. They would claim a few items from the pile as the first picks. Then the local people came from the street and get usually about 3 garbage bags full. Next the children went through the remains. Later in the evening the donkeys came to pick. The next morning a local farmer with wrapped head brought the cattle to the pile and they grazed through while the farmer sat in the early morning sun. This happened every day.
We also watched the children playing cricket with a stick sometimes and then someone occasionally brought a bat. Local ladies were walking some distance to get water on their heads to wash their clothes at the street’s edge and then return to get water for the cow. Children and parents come out of the local school probably anxious to get to the field to play cricket. We watched long enough that we finally figured out how they play the game.
We carried a suitcase of “goodies” from the US with us which we affectionately called the “blessed suitcase”. I do think the suitcase brought us safe travels. On the way to Ujjain the plane rescheduled and was to leave earlier than our tickets showed. We begged the lady at the counter at least 4 different times. She reluctantly agreed. So off we went with the “blessed suitcase in hand” Also the “blessed suitcase” gave to the 5,000 just like the fish.
Since we had never been to the school before we didn’t know how things worked with the children. So, we were worried that 6 t-shirts, 10 toothbrushes, 2 tubes of toothpaste. 15 crayons and pencils, some toys, etc. would not be enough for 80 children to share. Well, we had taken all the miniature blowing bubbles that we could carry. There still was not enough for all the children. Kamlesh had us to pass out the bubbles the first day to some of the children telling us that it was okay that all didn’t get anything. I could tell in his voice and his expression that it was really okay. A day later we returned with the “blessed suitcase” to pass out its contents. I still felt bad as all the children were not going to get something. I thought of an idea; I had Kamlesh announce that all those who didn’t get any bubbles needed to raise their hands. Guess what! There was just enough for all the children and the T shirts went to the adults. The “blessed suitcase” fed the 5,000!!! We worried for no reason.
I know I will go back. I know it is not beneficial to go back too soon as we will need to get updates in a couple of years. I could have came home for one week and gotten right back on a plane to India. I so feel the need of the people there. They are so kind and loving. They so deserve to hear about our Lord and His salvation.
Thank you for encouraging me and I hope not to fail in doing what the Lord would have me to do in this endeavor to spread His name.”
If you have a burning desire to have a similar experience, please check out the upcoming trips we have planned. HIM is here to help you and your church to fulfill the great commission. It is not easy to get out of your comfort zone, but if the Lord has called you, He will equip you.
“I am confident of this, the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6)