Guest Post by: Tony W.
This was my first trip to India and it was great! My first impression upon arriving was how much India reminded me of East Africa where I lived as a missionary for seven years. It was the roads and the way homes are constructed, but primarily it is the great, great need everywhere you look.
India is said to be over populated, but traveling in South India didn’t seem to be as congested. Pastor M. J. and his family went beyond polite in serving us; we lacked for nothing! They kept us busy – we were never alone. Dr. Samuel and Pastor M.J. wanted us to see every facet of the ministry we so frequently read about when we are in the states. In four days, we visited 11 Hope Homes and churches. We even went to the location where Hopegivers will be opening another Bible College very soon. Our church team would love to go back and do some pastoral and lay leader training – there WILL BE another trip! The trip to India was challenging, but all of us can’t wait until the next time.
In order for the eight of us to see more, they would sometimes split us into two teams so we could cover more of the ministry. On one of those days, my team went to see the dowry castaway women. One of the burned ladies just came from the hospital into the home. You could see that the burns were still very active. It was heart wrenching to see this horrible practice first hand.
On one of our travel days we stopped alongside a road to stretch our legs. There were two women on the side of the road washing clothes in a little stream. They motioned for Jodi, one of our team members, to come over to them. Through an interpreter they were able to visit. Finally, they asked if she would pray for them. I think that may have been the highlight of Jodi’s trip!
If you want to see a lot of what God is doing today, then go to India with Hopegivers. You will see a tremendous “lostness” but you will also see in that “lostness” the great and powerful things God is doing!