The last few weeks have been full of heartbreak and hope. I have been in contact with our partner in India more in the past month, trying to strategize and pray through their future than in the past six months combined. It has reminded me of the extreme difficulties we face in India. That has caused much frustration, but also much gratitude for the country that God has allowed me to call home.
If you don’t know this, India is quickly becoming the next China. By that, I mean that it is a country full of people that are slowly but surely being deprived of the outside world, and sooner rather than later, will probably be a closed country to outside influence, including the Church. Our friend and pastor there has seen these changes over the last few years and is rightfully concerned for their future.
This week, a few leaders were able to sit down with leaders of another organization that has been doing work in India for the past twenty plus years. They confirmed what we have seen in our friend, Beek, there, that there is a real paranoia right now amongst the Christian community in India. This paranoia is due to threat of the same radical Hindu group that persecuted families almost a decade ago are now in political power. This has resulted in pushing Christians to the fringes of society by depriving them of education, food, and other things we take for granted - all because of their faith. This is true “end times” persecution that is happening across the sea. Because of the political climate, our new friends informed us that we may only have 2.5 years to continue our impact in India.
This has only confirmed our resolve to dig in deep in India for as long as we can, so that we can get our friends, brothers and sisters, and 40+ orphans closer to a place of self-sustainability. Because we are on the clock, the need in India has become even more urgent. Please join us in asking God’s Spirit how you would engage this opportunity, even if only to pray. As God faithfully answers you, please act on whatever He says to do.
Because of your faithfulness, we are less than $3,000 away from one acre of land and a whole lot of blessing and a little under $8,000 from two acres, equipment and one month’s worth of food. Please consider giving today through our online giving portal: thegrove.churchcenteronline.com making sure you designate your giving to International Mission/India. For whatever the Lord calls you to do, we are grateful for your willingness to pray, listen, and obey.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” - James 1.27
Lance Williams, Pastor of TGC