If you know me, you know I love short term mission trips. I go anywhere from 2 weeks to 5 months to teach English and share the Gospel of our Jesus. I am ALWAYS blessed by the brothers and sisters I meet and uplifted by sharing the Gospel with people who have NEVER HEARD and have very little opportunity to hear.
When I was asked to go to India, I was NOT thrilled. I heard it was dirty. I heard it was extremely dark. I heard the slums were horrific and that’s where they wanted me to teach. I might have said no, but something urged me forward.
Whatever cultural distance exists from America to India, I had to admit it was far less than the distance Jesus traveled from heaven to earth. And, I am sure earth, in its own fallen state, is far dirtier than heaven!
Have you ever thought about that? Jesus didn’t just come to earth and provide salvation for us and go home. His physical body grew up here. He stayed 33 years and lived in what we may consider poverty because he had no running water. He slept with no heater in the winter and no air conditioning during the summer. He might have only had one change of clothes. The thought that dominated my heart was, “If He could do that for me, how can I not go to the slums of India for a week on his behalf?” So I went, along with a wonderful prayer and teaching partner, Robin.
We met Sum and Rah, two young men who were previously Hindus. They had come to know Christ as Lord and Savior while in college. They had engineering degrees. They had futures. Yet instead, they chose to follow Christ at all costs.
They shared they had suffered persecution after following him. Several times they mentioned how life got much more difficult after they began to follow HIM. But, they also said, “Jesus is worth it.”
Sum and Rah were friends with some non-believing Hindus who were teaching in the slum area. They arranged for Robin and I to teach at this little NGO for three days.
The picture above is of Robin and I along with the students and their teachers!!! Yes, their history, math, and other teachers joined us! They were awesome! These students live in the slums. They know that an education is their only hope of a better life. Robin and I had to create more lessons for them because they devoured everything we taught. It was a teacher’s dream job: teenagers who relished learning and wanted you never to quit.
The BEST PART were the relationships we developed, and that we helped Sum and Rah develop. At the end of our teaching, the Hindu teachers allowed Rah to spend 30 minutes sharing the Gospel with ALL OF THEM!!! It was INCREDIBLE!!!
When I left India, I was heartbroken. Once again God had broken my heart for what breaks HIS—lost souls. But, here’s what God taught me on this trip.
He calls us to serve HIM not because HE needs us, but because HE knows it will benefit us. God is going to accomplish HIS plan no matter what I do. But, when I follow Him and obey Him, O how I am blessed!
My India verse is from Esther. Esther was afraid to approach her husband, the king, about the planned murder of the Jews. Her uncle Mordecai tells her in Esther 4:14 “If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows, but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
God is moving around the world. He is drawing people to Him. People in India are learning about Christ on the internet! God doesn’t need us, but for whatever reason, God has chosen to use us! We were designed for prayer, worship, thanksgiving, praise, evangelism and missions and THESE are what make us happy, joyful, and fulfilled.
Would I go back to India again? IN A HEARTBEAT!!! I pray God will open that door for me again. Why? Because I was created and redeemed to serve HIM. That’s what makes me happy. Yes, I can serve Him here too and I do. But, O those opportunities that appear difficult from a human perspective make you realize just how much Jesus is worth it!!!
Kathy has served with SRC since it's conception. She is a retired educator in Florida and teaches English as a Second Language in Florida while using this opportunity to share the Gospel and launch bible studies among immigrants.
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