India 2015

My relationship with the Good Shepherd community churches in India began in 2013 when I brought a team to the city of Pune. Our team of 11 simultaneously held a pastors conference and pastors wives conference. We were also able to preach in 8 different churches and work in the slums with kids and student ministries. It was eyeopening to see the odds that were stacked against them as they sought obedience to the call of God.

The vast amount of poverty and oppression of the Dalit people cannot be understood by reading a book or blog. But as we spent time with these people that may earn $75 a year, there is much we can learn. Although we don’t hear much about it in the mainstream media, the Hindu extremist have a goal to remove all Christians from India by 2020. This goal is pursued by destroying both church buildings and the Church. The political climate continues to add challenging opposition to ministry in India as well.

The more God does, the more attacks we see from the enemy. When I contacted them early this year, they felt it was too dangerous for us to bring a team. I’ve been accused of being hard headed…I guess for good reason. When God lays something on my heart, I don’t take “no” for an answer. When I heard this news, my first thought was, “That’s exactly why we need to be there.” When the fire is blazing some run away from it, but when God calls us to go into it, we have to go.

As I prayed, I let them know that we could bring a smaller team and work more discretely. They agreed to relocate the pastors conference to a more secure city and venue. In 2013, I wrote a book on Acts; taking a look at what the new testament church should look like. The book was translated and published in India. I was told that within 3 weeks of our teams departure, It had already been taught to over 30,000 people. Whoa.

In praying about what to teach, God laid the book of Ephesians on my heart. Looking at the riches we have in Christ and our responsibility to live and love as Christ. With the hard work and editing help of my administrative assistant, we got it written and sent off to India a week before the due date.

Knowing this would be a more difficult trip, I began praying about who God wanted to go on the trip. He laid 3 solid men of God on my heart and after praying about it, they felt God calling them to go as well. As we began meeting and preparing for the trip, one of the men couldn’t find peace about the trip. He decided not to join the team and I appreciated him telling me…before we got there. When we began applying for visas, we ran into another issue. Another team member had been rejected…twice! Our team of 4 became a team of 2! Discouraged? Yes. Gonna’ cancel the conference? No way.

This is the journey that has led us to this point. As I sit on this airplane on our first leg of a 24 hour travel day, I know that God has great things in store. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Please pray for us as we follow Gods call to teach the Word of God to 25 Indian pastors in desperate need of solid doctrine, encouragement, and prayer. May God’s Word continue to change lives.

A Missional Prayer Strategy

No matter what ministry we are called to, we are all missionaries to our world!  What is our mission?  Our mission is to reach the world with the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ.  If that is really our purpose we need to approach it with intentionality.  As we continue living intentionally,  we must be praying intentionally as well.  Our prayer life is instrumental as we go through life.  Not keeping it a priority is a misstep that I don’t want to take.  These 6 prayer focuses will keep our hearts directed to Christ and His desires for our lives.




1  Pray for receptive and repentant hearts


Luke 8:15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.


2  Pray for spiritual eyes and ears to be opened to the truth of Christ. 


2 Corinthians 4:3-4 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.


Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.


3  Pray for them to have God’s attitude toward sin. 


John 16:8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.


4  Pray for the person to be released to believe. 


2 Corinthians 10:3-4 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.


2 Timothy 2:25-26 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.


5  Pray for a transforming life. 


Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is you spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.


6     Pray for God to send them into His harvest field. 


Matthew 9:35-38 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.