“Vast” is defined in the plains of India, “crowded” in her city streets. Home to 1.3 billion people and birthplace of four major religions, what happens in India affects the entire world. As it has developed in the 5,000 years since its birth on the banks if the Indus, India has become a burgeoning center for development in education, science, and medicine. The sons and daughters of India have traveled throughout the earth bringing the Indian penchant for quality education into many nations.
India became the world’s eighth fastest growing economy in 2015, while developing industry in medical technology and transportation. The birthplace of four of the world’s religions, these devout souls have
remained aloof to the humble claims of Christ. Their calendar and daily life are regulated by their faith to a religious system so intrinsic as to direct diet and deportment. They live and breathe their faith. Literature and art, societal norms and marital customs weave a web of wonder as somber statues stare into staggering souls. Fear is the ruler of night and day.
“You need to tell them about love. They have never heard of the love of Jesus,” Rajiv said. Rajiv is a retired accountant, and though he had spent his career as an accountant in Hong Kong, he was and is a true son of India who was now making his first mission trip back to his native land. His instruction was wonderful as he had just translated for me while we shared the Lord with a group of young people.
“They are taught to be fearful of all times and things,” he reminded me. “Tell them there is a true God who is love, and that He loves them. Cause them to understand the simplest expression of that love in Jesus, and they will want Him.”
We continued sharing Jesus every day and he was right. People had never heard of a God of love. Religion is common to them: sacrifice and retribution are their daily bread. But when they understand that God loved them so much He gave His only begotten Son for them, they come alive with thanks and appreciation.
I first went to India in 1983. Now, 33 years later, I find myself with a Mexican co-leader serving a group of Malaysian Chinese to teach Indian pastors about the love of the Father. If God is love, and His words and actions are one, then the essence of every word God speaks is love. This is what we need to know, and in this we need to grow and to be assured. You can come with us if you would like, May 9 through May 26, and the cost is airfare plus $100 per day. Because the visa application process takes some time, please let us know immediately if you are interested.
When we are assured, then they shall be. Please keep us in prayer as we again travel to India. We want them to know and to be touched by the love of the Father.
~ Mark Geppert