Its been a busy Summer for us. In an unusual May I’ve travelled to Salem in the south and Jalandhar in the north. Before that we celebrated the completion of our two week Summer Bible School here in Nashik with friends from Masiha Church & One Nation Church from Mumbai. We have hosted a folder from the school here which includes hundreds of pages of notes and a slide presentation of the headlines – a resource that you will find helpful. Additionally you can order an audio DVD of the sessions for only Rs. 75/- by leaving a comment below and giving us your contact details.
In Salem besides meeting with the church planting team there I also finally was able to visit the Foundations for Farming Centre in Pagadapattu. This will grow to be a valuable resource for serving the nation. As India moves into the cities we will have a growing need for better and more cost effective farming techniques. In sharing these methods we will also have the unique opportunity to root this in the God of the gospel.
Paul & Shanthy, our lead planters are hoping to move from Bangalore to Salem this month and we’d appreciate prayer for that.
From Salem to Jalandhar, to celebrate the marriage of our Vicky to Pooja of our Kirpa Da Parivaar led by Gurmeet (Sushma). It was a joy being there despite the sweltering heat – the mercury rose on one day to 46 deg! For me the special joy was travelling all the way there and back with just our Deepa who hasn’t stopped thanking me for taking her to Punjab!
The following week Manju and I drove down to visit her parents with Roshan & Deepa. It was a lovely road trip and has whetted our appetite for a longer one next year. And no road trip can be complete without a good coffee – thanks to CCD for locating themselves at the right
spot on the Bangalore – Pune highway for thirsty travellers (the pic below is with our niece, Shruti)
Finally a couple of updated sermon resources. I’ve collated three short sermons from the Summer Family Building Series into one called, ‘Generous, Accepting & Encouraging People’ and that is available for download here besides our BOX widget on this page. The big idea here is how we can give what we have received in Christ.
Also available here is the latest sermon from the continuing Acts series which I preached last Sunday from the shocking story of Annanias & Sapphira called ‘An Awesome People’ presenting the big idea that God wants His church to be held in high esteem and awe as we see in this chapter.
As we welcome the early rains, what we’re longing for more is the rain of God’s Spirit. May the outpouring of God’s revival presently seen in parts of the world (Victory Church, Wales) come on us too.
“How we have prayed for a Revival – we did not care whether it was old-fashioned or not – what we asked for was that it should be such that would cleanse and revive His children and set them on fire to win others”. – Mary Booth