We loved you dearly. Not content to just pass on the Message, we wanted to give you our hearts. And we did. - 1 These 2:8 (msg)
I know a missionary in India who works to build up the local church and has been doing it for the last 10-12 years. He is originally from India, left and came to America for his education, but when God called him into ministry he knew he had to minister his own people in India knowing how lost they were for a savior.
He went back to India as a missionary with his wife and they prayed for God to give them a complete and absolute calling for their ministry. He meets with 10-25 pastors monthly and disciples them in their church ministry. He also has a pastors conference every 4-6 months in which they give local pastors without much biblical training much needed conversations, teaching and instruction. His wife and him also run a school in the town they live in for children who can’t afford public school and teach them of the love of God.
He invites all pastors he meets in America to come and speak in India to the local pastors he meets with so they can be challenged and they can equip the saints there in India. Last time I talked to him I asked him about the curriculum he uses with these pastors and what he uses to encourage them in their faith and in their shepherding of their flock. He said,
‘I don’t use anything special, I just make sure they are more passionate for the mission and the gospel after we meet then before.’
‘Wow! Do you have a method for doing that?’ I asked.
‘I share with them my heart for them,’ he said.
This is the final and last part of the ‘Equip The Saints’ series of newsletters. My focus has been to challenge parents, leaders and ministers to look at your own children not as little ‘you’s’ but as the anointed work of God He has given to you for an amazing calling that only they have. Additionally, to seek out their mission and purpose in life with them.
I am praying that ultimately you share your heart with them in all you do and how you parent. Make sure they know they are loved by God with a ferocious love that cannot be contained or bottled. Because we need students in this next generation that will give all they have to Christ and love others relentlessly.
This is the final part of a newsletter series ‘Equip The Saints’. Look below at the last three weeks for the whole series.
Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.
DISTRICT YOUTH CONFERENCE
- This Weekend (April 27-29) in Duluth
- Apr 25th through May 16th
- May 11th at Owens house (1705 10th Place SW)
- May 16th from 6:33pm-8:45pm
WNL (the next weeks)
- The 12 series - Plentiful plus Senior Snapshots
- The 12 series - Be With plus Senior Snapshots
- The 12 series - Sending plus Senior Snapshots
- The 12 series - Witnesses plus Senior Snapshots