Saturday, April 18, 2015

So What is Next...

It was in 2007, month of July, a group of people who responded to the call of GOD to India came obediently, sacrificing their comfort, and going to an unknown people. They took a risk in coming, and also they took risk to trust in us. But God knit our hearts together. Then the Lord brought Pastor Creighton in Nov 2007. As I write this today, it is April 2015, 8 years running. My son, Levi, was in his mother's womb when Yumi Ellen and the first team came; now he is in class 3. It has been a wonderful journey so far.

There is a human element in the mission that we are involved with, which I can not ignore. If it were not for the sacrificial loving, giving, and trusting, we would not have survived. Of course the Lord would have opened a different path, but surely the relationship that has grown in the past years would not have been there. The family bonding would not have been there; we would have told stories other than what we are telling today. Just as God raised Esther to rescue the Jews, so Yumi Ellen, Pastor Creighton and the Church were sent to us in a time when we were not sure what the course of our future would be. Some plant the seed, some water it. We all have our rewards from the Lord. All my life I will be telling this story countless time; it has got magnificent facets. It reminds me of God's faithfulness, his power, and also strengthens me to stand firm in times of my weaknesses.
Pastors Ashish & Creighton, May 2009 Woodstock Chapel

When the Israelites were rescued from slavery in Egypt, God performed many miracles,  He rescued them and brought them to the promised land. No doubt they had seen God's mighty hand but they tested His Character. It is a very dangerous thing a person can do. They asked question like, yes, surely God has given us water from the rock, but can he give us meat? When they met with adversaries they questioned God's love and said, surely the Lord has brought them to destroy.

The good thing about the Mussoorie-New Hope bonding is that we have seen GOD's provision in meeting our needs. But the best part is we are committed to grow in the likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ everyday. As long as we keep our priority right we are safe and will be seeing God's might plans unfolded in our generation. I think in a time and season of such as this, the Lord is calling us to abide in Him, like a branch in the vine. We have a long way to go. The Lord who has started this will lead us.

So very grateful to God for bringing our family from Hawaii. We love you and we are not complete without you. Looking forward to see what the Lord has restored for us to discover together.

much love

Ashish

3 comments:

  1. Thank you Lord ~ for Your great LOVE over Pastor Ashish,Seema, Girish, Nikita and everyone at Firs and our Hawaii family who continue to pray, support, encourage and LOVE one another because HE LOVED US through HIS Son JESUS' CHRIST our LORD and SAVIOR !!

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    1. You know Aunty, this time the verse that we have got from the team is Jer.29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. That is so profound and amazing, in a time such as this. So the future is glorious as we fix our eyes in the Lord. Love Him with all our hearts and strengths.

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    2. Amen ! God's plans are better than our own. Prov. 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your Heart and lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways, acknowledge HIM and HE will lead your path straight". I thank God for our friendship and encouragement to one another.. love you and your family with all my heart.. Aunty Chris

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