I just got this email update from the missionaries in India I worked with in January. This, my friends, is what fills me with peace and joy, and it is my purpose in life. My part in this story is so small it is almost not worth mentioning, but this story God is writing is bringing glory to him and bringing others into his kingdom here on earth and for all eternity. He can use even haphazard, ineffective clinics like the one I took part in as an opening paragraph to yet another chapter in the greatest story ever told. Enjoy, and thanks to all who helped me take part. It means so much to me when you understand that "I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light" (John Keith Falconer)
Yesterday was a GREAT day.
About 1 month ago 2 nurses from the states, our two Edge girls and myself did a small medical clinic in a village about 35 miles from our city. The event was done on the doorstep of the Imam's house (Muslim pastor). Yesterday a team of 4 Americans and I returned to the same village to dedicate a new church and four Christian men to the Lord. All of them are new believers and will be baptized in a week or two. This is the first church ever planted in this village, a place that 5,000 people call home.
Of course, my two small trips to the village did not do a great deal to start the church. However, God has allowed me to spend a lot of time working with a MBB evangelist who lives in that area and through his testimony, four men came to faith. 1 or 2 of them will lead that church. Incidentally, two of the four men who were dedicated yesterday join us for the big distribution we did last month.
I can't begin to tell you how happy this makes us. Playing a role in The Kingdom, regardless how small, is a great feeling. It is moments like this that bring a deeper meaning to "Who am I Lord…"
Thank you for praying,
Chris and Debbie