Once again, CVM had the opportunity to work with our friends in India. This project would be a little different as we focused primarily on training pastors and leaders. As the word spreads about the effectiveness of our conferences, more and more leaders in more and more places want us to come and teach them.
We traveled to three different locations for conferences to help leaders and pastors. In one place, there was an older man with a lot of questions or "doubts." There is always an interesting translation that happens when my friend, Jonathan, translates and someone has a question. Asking a question is presented as sharing a doubt. The person isn't really doubting but has questions and is trying to understand something. This gentleman tried hard to compare the new lessons with the way he had understood things and led people for many years. (This is a common occurrence as people struggle with new concepts.) Jimmy thought the man would leave and not return by the time afternoon tea was done. Instead, the pastor stayed for all three days and by the last afternoon had learned a lot and answered questions using his new knowledge and understanding.
In two locations, we spent the day teaching people how to minister to children. We all know children are different than adults but in most places, people try to teach children in the same way they teach adults. Of course, the children react and act like children, much to the chagrin of the teachers. After a few hours of learning and practice, we help the teachers gain a new understanding and new skills to effectively teach children.
On a Friday, we shared during a Friday Fasting service. Many churches in India practice a time of fasting each week, usually having lunch together after fasting and praying through the morning hours. A hindu lady came up to us, carrying her little boy. She explained the boy could hardly walk. We prayed for the boy and felt led to have the boy walk. Next thing we know, the boy is walking back and forth across the room, going faster and faster.
After church on a Sunday, Jimmy was informed of the baptismal service taking place. Of course, there was no warning and no preparation for baptisms. So, off came the shoes and wallet and phone were removed from the pockets before Jimmy climbed into the baptismal tank behind the church. Jimmy assisted Pastor Joel in baptizing recent converts, including several Hindu people and a man leaving behind his Islamic faith in pursuit of a life with Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your prayers, support and help as together we continue to make a difference in the lives of people in India.