Last night we had the convention in their new building. It was a building that was a result of a large financial gift given three years ago through the people of New Life Community Church in Monticello, IA. This new building has become very useful to GCM for their local Church, the College, and for the convention. The building is not completed, but it is usable and worked very well last night.
As I stated in my last post, I preached on the Great Commission. I assumed that my sermon was going to be too familiar to the people. I have always assumed that the followers of Christ in India were very bold in sharing the Gospel due to the cost in following Jesus initially. However, after the sermon I found that for the common Christian in India, this is not true.
I was told that it is not a part of the Indian culture to go to others. They are a very formal and introverted people at an individual and family level. However, after the sermon they agreed that they must obey and go and make disciples. They cannot expect people to come to them. Even Babu at the end of the night expressed his disobedience in going and making disciples. His humility before the Lord is overwhelming. The man who has planted 35 Churches in India and who is training up pastors still believes he can do more. It puts me to shame.
One young man approached after I was done preaching and he told me the sermon was for him. He was somewhat shaken as he spoke. He is a student at GCM. I asked him what his plan was for after college and he was not sure. I spent time praying that God would give him direction and he would have the boldness to trust and obey. I look forward to being in Heaven and hearing about how God used him for His Glory.
As I laid in bed at the end of the night, I marveled at how God works. Many times we see missions as reaching the lost, and it is; however, one way we reach the lost may be to stir up your brothers and sisters in love, to speak words of exhortation and encourage them to follow Christ.