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A glimspe into the Men’s India Trip

December 3rd, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on A glimspe into the Men’s India Trip)

My participation in the India Missions trip was phenomenal!  It was very possibly the most singularly significant spiritual experience of my life!

For starters, the trip challenged me to act in spite of any fears I had about travel to a third world country given the health risks and inconveniences associated with it..  I was blessed the Sunday prior our trip by Pastor Brent’s message on fear when he stated that, “the safest place to be is where God wants you to be!”  That sealed the deal and I knew I had to make the trip!

During our time at the Pastors and Lay Leaders Conference in India I was struck by several things:

1.  The boldness with which our Indian brothers and sisters practice their faith, despite the potential threats to their safety and welfare.  It struck me that by comparison we here in the United States are not nearly as bold in declaring our believe in our risen savior.

2.  Although we went there to teach, I felt we received several lessons from those we taught.  I, for one, was extremely impressed by the humility of those with which we had contact.  Never did I feel that anyone was attempting to impress me, and looking to be impressed, but we were simply embracing the opportunity we had to be in fellowship with other Christians.

3.  Finally, prior to leaving I was overwhelmed with all of the preparation required by me to get ready to take the trip.  As a result, I left home knowing that I needed to simplify.  Then upon arrival in India I was struck by the simplicity of the lives of those we encountered.  And, I was also impressed by the apparent joy they experience in their lives in comparison to the seeming lack of joy that so many of us exhibit.  They clearly demonstrated their understanding that joy is not predicated on what we have, but who you know and worship!  Praise God!

I actually love to travel, but am not a lover of long flights.  However, despite the 18 hours of flying each way, I would gladly make the trip again!  I feel somewhat selfish in requesting that because I know so many others in our congregation would benefit from that opportunity!

Make it a great day, and God bless…

Milt Fletcher

A Glimpse into the Women’s India Trip

November 13th, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on A Glimpse into the Women’s India Trip)

Beautiful, eager, wide-eyed faces peered into my core with such steadfast hope that I effortlessly abandoned all fear and pride as a quasi, “wannabe” missionary.

We had our minds established on what the Holy Spirit desired and yet many of us were at a standstill as to the full embodiment of our written lectures when we arrived in India. Within 24 hours, a heavy feeling of oppression hit me. Only then did I realize the completeness of what needed to be said.

The full Indian experience gripped me when our team was separated from each other as we went out to small rural slum churches to share our testimonies. The reverent worship that I witnessed captivated and humbled me into deep reflection. The sin would be to witness this depth of devotion and not welcome change.

I personally feel this trip was a great success on so many levels. Through the abundant prayers and preparation our team held to a common theme as we spoke on our assigned topics (the Body of Christ, the Old Testament, Running the race with endurance, marriage, rearing children, prayer and Biblical counseling). We all used Daniel and his companions, Job, Ruth, Tamar and Rahab, reinforcing ancient yet radical principles that impact us generationally.

I Corinthians 1:27-31 But GOD chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; GOD chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. HE chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things –and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before HIM. It is because of HIM that you are in Christ Jesus, Who has become for us wisdom from GOD- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written:  “Let him who boasts boast in the LORD.”

Sleep deprived and in unfamiliar surroundings, the Holy Spirit was powerfully manifest through our simple desire to prepare ourselves and be willing and available to go.

Peace be with you as you hear HIS call to be sent out among the nations.

In Christ, Nevehya

Welcome

January 25th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Welcome)

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