[We are] not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

Friday, March 30, 2007

Short Term Mission Evangelism Opportunity to India!

by Antonio da Rosa

Dear readers of Unashamed of Grace. I come to you in the name of the Lord Jesus. Between the dates of October 10-21, 2007, God, our Father, will be using a team that He is raising up to declare His glory to the Meitei and Rongmei people groups of Imphal (city), Manipur (state), India. The team will be proclaiming freedom to the captives and healing to the brokenhearted by doing saturation evangelism in villages with a view to planting an estimated minimum of four (4) new churches.

Are you willing to prayerfully consider stepping out in faith to bring the gospel to people groups that are less than 1% 'Christian'? During a recent missions conference at my church, the plenary speaker gave a most sobering statistic:

If you add the number of unsaved in North America, Central America and South America to the unsaved of Africa, you still have less unsaved people than you have in India.

India is in the strategic 10/40 window and is in dire need of men and women from the ages of 14 - 100+ to come share the gospel. The fields are white for the harvest! It is impossible to get full-time missionary visas in India, so the Short-Term option as presented in this specific trip is a strategic endeavor that will result in new church assemblies in villages that do not have a single Christian witness.

This team, which I will help in leading (the Lord willing) and that I am in the process of recruiting and mobilizing, will be partnering with a national mission organization that will be the team's guides and interpreters. Once the evangelism has been done, funds are left for the full time salaries for ably trained and experienced disciplers to do the follow-up work.

Because of tribal distinctions and caste considerations, these nationals cannot even go to the villages to do evangelism! The team that God is recruiting is the 'in' into these villages, as Western people's are viewed as the highest caste and heartily welcomed by the tribal people.

The commitment of this trip is minimal in time: only 11 days, from the time we leave LAX to the time we return. Anyone in the United States (citizen or resident aliens) are able and welcomed to come. Actually anyone from around the world is welcomed!

Please contact me if you are interested in going on this strategic and significant trip. The itinerary is chock full of interesting and unique ministry opportunities and divine appointments.

Matt 16:25-26
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?

Expand your horizons, and build upon and invest into the abundant life that God has for you. This trip will be one of unlimited significance. What are your plans for this year? The significance of our actions that are not done with eternity in mind is lost the very moment we live them, like the fleeting taste of candy on our lips. But such sacrifice as this, to take the gospel to a foreign land in great need, will achieve a meaning, not only for time, but one that will transect into eternity, to the praise and glory of the Father, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Are you willing to go?

5 Comments:

  • Praise the Lord for working while there is a little daylight left. May God be with you brother and the sweet feet He sends you on.

    As for me right now...I am to bloom where I have been planted, but my prayers are with you.

    By Anonymous bhedr, at Saturday, March 31, 2007 7:25:00 AM  

  • Antonio it sounds pretty exciting. You'll find out how Paul felt going to ones who may have never heard as yet.
    Myself I better reach my own neigborhood before I think about going over sea's.
    Will be praying for you,,,alvin

    By Anonymous alvin, at Saturday, March 31, 2007 8:16:00 PM  

  • I applaud your reach into India. I know the sacrifice involved, having been there myself.

    May the Lord bless and keep you safe.

    Mark

    By Blogger bluecollar, at Sunday, April 01, 2007 8:56:00 AM  

  • Antonia, - You are a true soldier! I am so glad you are leading this effort since there is very little "grace" in missions today... The gospel of Christ is seriously distorted by all sorts of permutations of bad theology... When do you plan on going? - Jon

    By Blogger wjc, at Sunday, April 01, 2007 9:18:00 AM  

  • hey
    i am from india
    and i hope your trip has been good
    NE india is by far the most "christian" of india (in par or exceeding south).
    but i suspect very few know about the free grace thought/truth - Faith alone in Christ and his work for eternal life.
    thanks for the additional labor in that part.
    pl, Wash DC

    By Blogger i guess i want to read, at Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:00:00 AM  

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