I first set foot in India in 1991. From the first day a love for India was birthed in my heart that has never left me. After years of tears, trials and many errors the work began to grow. It is all due to the Grace of God. In us there is no good thing, but the living Christ who abides in us is able to do all things well. God's blessing has showered and many came to the knowledge of Christ and found the hope that only comes thru a realtionship with Jesus. By the year 2005 we were content to relax and enjoy watching the disciples around us grow and take on new responsibilities. Every day was exciting just to hear what God was doing thru His choosen servants. Then the Lord as he often does shattered our contentment. He began to speak to us that it was time to move on to other fields. We prayed and struggled with the Lord but to no avail. We have been bought with a price and we are no longer our on. We belong to the Lord. In the end all we could say was, "Your will be done." With my wife and 3 sons we moved to Laos to fulfill the vision God had placed in our hearts. Not knowing what would happen, as Paul with many tears entrusted the leaders of Ephesus to carry on the work, so we entrusted our wonderful friends in India into the hands of the all loving God who is able to provide and prosper His people.
It seemed in the begining like all that we had worked for would crumble. Opposition came against Ashish, Dhan, Nixon and Girish from within and without. At one point they were told to leave by some leaders who were truly wolves dressed in sheeps clothing. All we could do was pray and call out to God. Over and over we prayed knowing that the One who began this work was faithful to complete it. Our friends also prayed and fasted and believed that the Lord who had called would be faithful. To God be the glory when the night seemed darkest our Lord raised up partners from NHDH in Hawaii.
I could never fully express my gratitude to all of you who have stood with this ministry. Know that you are not only partnering with wonderful people in India but you are also touching lives in Laos. If not for your obedience to Christ to partner with our friends, I don't know if we would have had the courage to remain in Laos. We have finished our first year living in Laos and the work is growing. We have 45 people in our discipleship groups and 12 young people have found Jesus as there Lord and saviour. None of these had ever previously heard the name of our Lord. God is faithful. By partnering together the work is expanding. In the coming days who can dream what the Lord might do thru us as we join together. Today India and Laos and tommorrow the ends of the earth.
Thank you again for your faithfulness. I am eternally indebted to you all. May the Lord richly bless you all.
A pilgrim in the Way,