Time Is Short

Hello all!

I officially have one week left here in South Asia. As we say in the trainings here, “Go and make disciples because… time is short.” It’s true. Our time here on earth is but a blimp in the grand scheme of eternity, and while it sometimes feels quite the contrary, it sometimes feels just like that: short, fleeting, gone.

Speaking of trainings, I suppose it’s time I finally share a little more about them! D and A are here in South Asia to make fully devoted followers of Jesus. To give you a little taste of what they’re working with, in their state alone, an average of 600 people die everyday. Of those 600, 5 at most are believers. The rest, doomed to eternal destruction – many having never heard the Gospel. Part of the reason this is the case is due to the lack of discipleship among those who are believers. Again, to reference part of the training, many are only adhering to one side of “the coin” of Jesus’ call to follow Him and become fishers of men; many are following, but not many are fishing. If D and A can help disciple and train believers to fish for men, there will be multiplication of those who enter the Kingdom of God and not just additions.

So… what do these trainings look like?

Typically, these trainings happen in small churches or in the home of a pastor. We begin with prayer and worship, and then jump right into training. In the first meeting, we share God’s vision based off of Revelation 7:9-10, teach how to enter “new fields” or places where the Gospel has not been, teach how to go out 2×2 as seen in Luke 10:1-10, and then practice sharing the Gospel and personal testimonies. Between most sections, we have them split up into pairs to practice with one another. After walking through all of this, we have them set goals: how many new places will they enter, how many people will they share with, and how many other believers will they train. At the end, we pray over them and commission them out.

After the initial meeting, each training includes a large amount of time for review and accountability. The rest of the time is spent teaching something new, such as what a healthy church looks like according to Acts, or how to read the bible.

I must say, one of the biggest blessings AND challenges of these trainings for Lacey and I was teaching and urging brothers and sisters here to share the Gospel and make disciples. Every time we heard reports during accountability time, it encouraged my heart almost to the point of tears and at the same time, forced me to ask myself: am I being faithful to do the very thing I’m telling them to go do? The stakes are much lower for me, and yet, at home, I still manage to find excuses to not share and to not go outside my comfort zone.

Revelation 7:9-10 describes “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”

Our gracious and merciful Father is sure to accomplish this vision. He can and will do so with or without us but He invites us to partner with Him. Oh Church, it is such an honor and privilege – a blessing, indeed – to partner with Him. But will we? Will you?

Jesus commands us and those perishing in hell cry out to us: Go and tell and teach. May we heed the call and their cries because time is short!

Please continue to pray that the Lord would lead us to people of peace. Pray that Lacey and I would make the most of our last week here and continue to be bold! D, A, Lacey and myself are heading to a city nearby tomorrow to go out 2×2, and Lacey and I are going out this evening, so you can pray for those outings. And lastly, pray that D and A would have good follow up with many of those we’ve shared with.

May the Lord bless and keep each one of you!

Marylou

Only One Chance

Two nights ago, Lacey and I went out to a cafe to meet up with a girl we recently met at church. On our way back home, we sparked up conversation with our cab driver, Harry.*  Naturally, most of our gospel conversations begin with asking about the other person’s religion. As I’ve mentioned before, this is a normal topic to bring up here.

After finding out that Harry was Sikh, Lacey shared that we were followers of Jesus. I asked if he had ever heard about Jesus.

“Yes, yes,” Harry said. “All is good. Guru Granth is good, Bible is good, Quran is good. All good.” He continued to explain that he was a good person, but the language barrier started to reveal itself.

“I’ve… I’ve… I’ve never…” He couldn’t figure out what he wanted to say in English so Lacey offered him some help: “You’ve never killed anybody?” We all laughed as he responded “No, no, no.” The ice was broken, and we understood what he was trying to say: he considered himself to be a good person, and as far as he was concerned, we were too.

There was a small moment of silence and finally I said, “Actually Ji (which is sort of like saying ‘sir’), the Bible tells us that no one is good, not even one of us, except for Jesus. God is holy and perfect and all of us have disobeyed him – all of us fall short of His perfect standard. And even though we try to fix our relationship with Him through doing good deeds or giving to the poor, it’s never enough. But God sent His Son, Jesus, to live the perfect life that we couldn’t live and to die the death that we deserved to die so that we might able to have a relationship with God.”

Because of normal distractions while driving, the conversation was slightly interrupted. Before I could continue, Harry said, “When I am reincarnated, I want to be born in the US.” It was clearly a comment to redirect the conversation, but fortunately, it was the perfect comment to finish what I wanted to share with this man.

“Ji, we don’t get another chance. There is only this life. One life.”

“No other chance?” he asked.

“No other chance. When we die, it is heaven or hell. And then we don’t get to change our mind.”

He responded with a slight sense of shock in his voice, “Oh my gosh.”

Again, there was a little bit of silence.

“Do you want to turn from your sin and believe in Jesus, to trust in what He did for you? Do you want to learn more about who Jesus is?”

“Yes, yes. I do!”

I called D, and told him we were about to be home. I asked if he would come and meet our friend, Harry, because he wanted to know more about Jesus. Upon arriving at our house, Harry got out of the car and exchanged numbers with D. In the days to come, D hopes to meet up with Harry to share with him more about Jesus.

Please be praying for Harry, and that the truth of the Gospel would take root in his heart. Pray that the Holy Spirit would convict him of his sin and of his need for Jesus.

*Name change for security reasons.

In Him,

Marylou

Goodbye to Atibaia

Well, we have finished our time in Brazil and are waiting at the São Paulo airport for our long flight home. What can I say about our short stay here? It was wonderful, special, full of camaraderie, learning and drawing closer to our Maker.

These missionaries that we served all have difficult lives along the Amazon river. All but a couple live and work in small remote villages only accessible by boat (some as much as 32 hour long boat rides) or by small plane. Their lives are not for the faint at heart. One young mother told of finding a huge snake in her home while her husband was away for two days at another village and she and her two little ones were alone. In a panic, she grabbed a machete and cut the snake to pieces. Another told of her husband being kidnapped once by a taxi driver and how he had to jump from the moving car to escape. A few months later they confronted burglars in their home in the playroom beside their sleeping children. The burglars pulled a gun on them but they were able to escape – they moved shortly after that! The children talk of giant spiders and snakes as everyday occurrences. As I said, not for the faint at heart. But they endure it all for the sake of the Gospel. They have such joy in their hearts! They do not see their difficult existence, long periods of time away from family as a sacrifice. They see it as an opportunity, a call to be obeyed. And obey they do.

Our objective was to disciple the children, but in many ways they discipled us! I worked with several of these children 2 1/2 years ago. They were just babes then. But now the are servants of their Savior. They constantly impressed us with their knowledge and understanding. One young boy, Jacob, said the sweetest prayers each day in our prayer times. I knew from his words that he had listened to the lesson, understood and had already begun to internalize the message. I see ministry if some sort in his future!

Our morning worship times with the entire group were so moving! To be able to sing God’s praises and pray alongside these warriors for Jesus is beyond discription. I really cannot put into words how our hearts soared as we worshiped together. I can only pray the God was as moved as we were.

We took a break yesterday afternoon for a ropes course with zip line. I declined to participate until I watched all my kids coming down the zip line having the time of their lives and asking if they could go again. Well….. not to be outdone, I had to give it a go. It was so much fun! Not saying I’ll ever do it again, not saying I won’t, but at least I can check it off my bucket list. Katie did it as well. Though she did say once was enough. Julie said she was very content to film us.

It was bitter sweet parting today. I always hate goodbyes. But we pray God will let us return again, to pick up where we left off. Being a missionary is a calling that too few heed. The need is great, the harvest is ripe. These families truly follow Isaiah 6:8 “Then I heard  the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, Here am l. send me!” And so they go, and so we must support and pray and encourage them as we can!

God is great! God bless! Jo

Hello from Atibaia!

Hello from Brazil!  Our little band of three left Charleston Friday afternoon, and after many flight delays finally landed in Brazil mid-morning Saturday. We were exhausted, but so grateful to be here. God’s provision for our travel was nothing short of incredible. Catching connecting flights just in the nick of time, upgraded at one point due to delays, crazy weather, but trusting in Him at all times. Funny thing, all of us traveling from outside Brazil made it in pretty much on tint but those flying in from within were several hours late after their flight was redirected to another city. But we all made it!

Today was day one working with the children, 25 from ages 8 months to 16. Three classes all teaching the same scripture but adapted to their appropriate age groups. What a fun time we had! The teens demonstrated an amazingly deep knowledge of scripture, with very probing questions. What amazed us most was how they answered each other, debating and thinking critically and biblically through the questions. Amazing group of teens!

The elementary group should a very strong understanding of scripture, and how today’s stories (Noah’s Ark and David and Goliath) both pointed to Jesus as our savior.

Tonight is movie night. After dinner the adults are having a fun evening of games and fellowship, while we all watch a movie with popcorn. I think our selection is going to be Cars 3.  I think we will all be ready for sleep by 9:00!

Though we have only been here a short while, God has made Himself known. He has shown up in the beauty of our lush tropical setting, cool weather, warm smiles of the children, hugs and camaraderie of the adults as they greeted each other for the first time in awhile, but most especially to me in the soft assurances that He has this. We are all in His control and in His hands!

God is great! God bless! Jo

The Severity of the Gospel

Hi, Church! Somehow, I’m already two weeks in. Missing you all more than I could have imagined, but feeling overwhelmed with thankfulness to be here and to be supported by y’all. There are so many things I want to share, but for now, the following is what’s on my heart.

In Matthew 10:34, Jesus reminds us of the severity of the gospel.

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

These are strong words. For those of us who come from a Western context in which our society is increasingly tolerant, it’s difficult for us to comprehend Jesus’ words. However, I saw this Scripture come alive last night in a way that brought new understanding. I hope that what I share will help shed some light on this Scripture for you, as well.

Yesterday evening, Lacey and I went out to share the gospel in a local neighborhood. We followed an example from Scripture, as seen in Luke 10. Luke 10:1-11 describes Jesus sending out 72 disciples 2 by 2 to enter into new places where the gospel has yet to go. This example is something we teach in our trainings. I’ll share about that more in depth later, but for now, just know that the aim is to find a house of peace, be invited into their home, and share the gospel. Again, this might sound a little farfetched from our American perspective, considering how little we practice hospitality these days. But for this culture, it’s completely normal to invite a stranger into your home, give them chai, talk about your faith, and often times, even feed them! In fact, they have a phrase that they take almost literally here: Guest is god.

As Lacey and I walked through this particular neighborhood, we had many encounters with people and certainly many stares! We walked by two younger girls standing outside a home and quickly learned that they spoke English. The home belonged to one of the girls, who invited us to come in. After introducing us to her mom, Lacey and I shared that we were followers of Jesus and that when we enter into a new home, we like to pray a blessing over the house. We asked if we could pray, and the young girl said yes, ushering us to sit down. The mother, however, immediately began ushering us out the door. Her demeanor shifted as soon as she heard the name of Jesus, and it was clear she wanted nothing to do with us. We got out as soon possible, but ran into the her friend waiting outside. As we talked with her, we overheard the mother and daughter arguing – shouting back and forth. My heart broke as we walked away from this young girl.

Jesus’ words continue in Matthew 10… “For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Who ever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Part of the difficulty of reaching this nation is the tight-knit family dynamic. It’s the same thing that the disciples experienced in the context of Jesus’ day. You cannot separate religion into it’s own separate box. It’s intricately woven into every aspect of life, especially and most importantly the family life.

While this girl didn’t get the opportunity to hear the gospel, another family was able to hear about our need for a Savior, but didn’t get to hear the rest of the story. Halfway through, the grandmother stopped us and told the boys to leave the house – she was done with our conversation and that meant the conversation was over for everyone else, too.

So what do you do when you are able to share and the “aroma of Christ to God” is a fragrance of death to one family member but a fragrance of life to another? For many, it means the type of division that Jesus talks about – that one’s enemies will be those of his or her own household. It means, as one brother here shared from his story, that one’s own father might even be willing to beat one’s own son almost to the point of death for the sake of family honor.

Most of us don’t face such a high cost in regards to our family relationships, and praise God for that! Praise God that most of us are able to maintain relationships with lost family members and that many of us have earthly families that are included in the family of God. But please, do not let this or our comfortable, American lives cause us to forget the severity and the high call of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It costs some their lives, their families, their reputation, their health, their home, their children. May we not take this lightly, but may also we remember that Jesus is worthy of it all and may we not shy away from sharing the life-giving, hope-filled message of the gospel.

Please continue to pray, as Lacey and I will be going out multiple times a week to continue sharing in the community! Your prayers are felt and deeply appreciated.

With love,

Marylou

Make Me a Living Sacrifice

It has certainly been a long four and a half days since I arrived in South Asia early Sunday morning. After my overnight stay in Charlotte due to delays, I made my way to DC, Germany, and then two more airports in South Asia until I arrived at my final destination. Sort of. Once I arrived, it was another 5 hours in a car to a city where we would attend a training. From there, we drove to another village for another training and the next day, the same thing. I made it to D and A’s house last night, at last! As I said, it’s been a long four days… and a very busy four days.

When I arrived at the first airport in South Asia, I quickly realized (as I waited for what seemed like forever for my luggage to arrive) that the Lord was planning to teach me a great deal about resting in Him – about waiting and being still, trusting and listening, abiding and being patient. If I’m being honest, there’s a lot about this place that just doesn’t make sense to me, a lot that seems backwards and confusing. It would be incredibly easy to get frustrated and to harbor thoughts of annoyance and resentment in my heart when I don’t understand. To shut down when I can’t communicate with the very people I came here to serve. To run and hide when I’m confronted with uncomfortable tasks or circumstances. To lose my joy when I’m exhausted, or hungry, or hot, or just want normal food.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since being here in just four days, it’s that I’m so much weaker than I ever wished to admit.

I’m so human.

So selfish.

So hungry for comfort, convenience, and ease.

This is a good lesson to learn, for it’s only in learning this lesson and confessing my insufficiency to an All-Sufficient God that I receive His strength, His selflessness, and His power to endure discomfort, inconvenience and difficulty. In confession and repentance, there is freedom – sweet, sweet freedom in Christ.

Right before leaving to come here, I was reading in 1 Chronicles 21. To sum it up, King David disobeyed the Lord and was seeking to build an altar in order to make a sacrifice for his sin. He inquired of a man for his land, and the man offered not only his land, but also oxen, wheat, and materials for the offering. However, David answered him, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”

What is a sacrifice if it costs you nothing? It’s not a sacrifice at all.

I know that seems pretty self-evident. But gosh, how I forget. Paul urges the Romans, and us, in Romans 12:1, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” We no longer offer oxen or wheat or any other object, but we offer our very lives because of the One who gave His life for us. Is Christ worthy of anything less?

“As day unfolds, I seek Your will

In all of life’s demands

And though the tempter tries me still,

I cling to Your commands

Let every effort of my life

Display the matchless worth of Christ

Make me a living sacrifice;

Be glorified today.”

I will share more about trainings in the days to come, but for now, please pray for the training I will be leading tomorrow. It will be all women, and this is my first time leading. A will be there to help tomorrow, but eventually Lacey (who arrives next week) and myself will be doing this training on our own. Pray for my nerves and for the hearts of those who will be at this training!

Pray also for me, D and A, that we would have restored energy. We’re all pretty wiped out from the past few days. Pray especially that I would get over jetlag.

Pray for the community we live in, for many opportunities to share the Gospel and the boldness to do so! Pray that I would be able to help D and A continue building relationships with their neighbors and churches in the community.

In Christ alone,

Marylou

Brazil in July

Boa tarde! That’s “good afternoon” in Portuguese.  We at First Baptist Mt Pleasant and The Church at Sewee Bay are sending a team of three to Atibaia, Brazil (near Sao Paulo) from July 6th until July 11th.  This will be a quick turnaround trip, but promises to be so very rewarding!

The three of us, Julie Thompson, Katie Watson and myself will be joining Kevin and Jan Johnson from Texas for a three-day intensive VBS for the children (Third Culture Kids or TCKs) of one cluster of missionaries (Ms) in Brazil.  While the parents are in their own intensive training, we will be working with about 25 children, ages 8 months to 16.   Joining us will be Rebecca Edney.  She and her husband, Jonathan, are also missionaries on the ground in Brazil and will be attending.  Becca will be assisting us with the VBS.  The Edneys are missions partners with both First Baptist and Sewee Bay.

We took a team down 2 1/2 years ago for the same type of event, and many of the children we met then are coming back.  I am excited to see them again and to meet the new ones.  These children are so precious, with hearts already primed by their dedicated parents to know, love and follow Jesus.  It is such an honor and a privilege to be able to spend time with them, helping them to delve deeper into His Word and strengthen their relationships with Him.

This cluster meeting is also a time of fellowship and refreshment for the missionaries.  Most of them work in remote parts of Brazil and this is a once a year opportunity to be together, share stories, love on each other, and just relax and learn.

We ask for your prayers for the following:

  1. God’s Spirit to saturate our time together
  2. Safe travels for all as we gather
  3. Unity (and flexibility) for our team
  4. Our team will serve the Ms and TCKs well
  5. We all recognize and rebuke any spiritual warfare meant to sew discord or disrupt God’s purpose for this meeting
  6. Opportunities throughout to share His story with others
  7. The locals we meet see Christ in us, His words be ours, our eyes see as His, and our hearts love as His
  8. The Ms and TCKs will leave feeling refreshed and renewed, ready to continue their work for His Glory in Brazil

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations. Psalms 22: 27-28

The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest fields. Matthew 9:37

Ser Saus Maos e Pes (“Be His Hands and Feet” in Portuguese)!  Jo Gafford

 

Returning to South Asia

Dear Church,

It was only a short 5 months ago that I (Marylou) was embarking upon my first journey to South Asia with our small team in January…

Before that trip, I was already considering the possibility of returning this summer. I knew I wanted to do something a little more long term and take advantage of my last summer as an undergraduate student. I talked with Liz, and she encouraged me to consider going somewhere with one of our partners. I began discussing the possibility with D and A, one of our partners in South Asia. After a bit of hesitation on my part and basically an immediate yes on theirs, we began finalizing the details in March.

The trip in January proved to be incredibly challenging for me, both spiritually and emotionally. Most of those who have visited the specific part of South Asia we go to have shared with many of you what a spiritually dark and lost place it is. I think that’s a huge reason why I was hesitant to go back… However, I’m very grateful that the Lord has filled my heart with peace and excitement for this summer! I will there from June 21-August 3.

This time, I’ll be joining D and A to partner with them in their vision to see disciples made and churches planted in their local and surrounding communities. I will be living in D and A’s apartment and submitting to their leadership.

Practically, serving with them will look like lots of broad seed sowing and evangelism, along with some intentional discipleship training. I will actually be leading a discipleship training for a group of women over the course of a few weeks! Unlike when I was there in January, I’ll personally have the opportunity to follow up with those I share the Gospel with and potentially begin discipling new believers.

A really exciting and unexpected part of this trip is that one of my good friends, who I met while serving in Cambodia for three months, will be joining me! Her name is Lacey, and I’m incredibly thankful that God has given me a partner for this trip. This will open many more doors of opportunity that wouldn’t have been possible had I been doing this alone. Specifically, I’m hopeful I’ll be able to return to a university I went to in January, where many of the students speak English and are excited to practice by speaking with foreigners. It was in this environment that I was able to have many rich Gospel conversations. Some knew very little about Jesus, some knew nothing of Him at all! It’s when I think about these opportunities that I swell with urgency and want to proclaim like Paul, “ Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”

As I near the end of my college career, these opportunities to go overseas serve as preparation, training and confirmation for what it is I feel the Lord is leading me to next. I truly believe this time with D and A, two of the most faithful disciples I have ever met, will both challenge and grow me in invaluable ways. Of course, I hope to be of service and encouragement to them, as well.

If you would, please begin to pray with me for this trip! Please pray…

  • For all of the logistics. I’m helping coordinate everything with Lacey, and this is a bit difficult because she doesn’t live here. Also, this will be my first time traveling such a long distance on my own!
  • For unity among me, Lacey, D, and A.
  • That we would be a blessing and encouragement to D & A, fully submitting to their vision and direction.
  • For many opportunities to share the Gospel with those who have never heard about Jesus.
  • For the Lord’s guidance and discernment in making plans for July 8-14th. D and A will be out of town, so Lacey and I will need to make plans for that period of time.
  • For the strengthening and discipleship of local churches.
  • For spiritual and practical preparation beforehand, that Lacey and I would be able to pick up a bit of the language and have an adequate understanding of the culture.
  • For quick adjustment to the food, culture, and environment. It’s currently about 110 degrees there…

I will be posting on here regularly throughout my time in South Asia. However, if you would like to be added to my Facebook page (where I will try to post more frequently) please reach out and let me know and I will add you to it!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and for your partnership in getting the Gospel where is isn’t. I’m incredibly thankful for you, and for our wonderful Savior. To Him be all the glory, honor and praise!

In Christ Alone,

Marylou

Seed Sowing

Church,

Thank you for praying for us. In yesterday’s post, Marylou asked you to pray for us as we’d planned to spend today prayer-walking, asking God to let us meet persons of peace with whom we could share the gospel. The Lord gave us great conversations!

Today was so refreshing. D & A trained us on a method of gospel-sharing and how to begin discipling those that respond in faith. They use this same training here with national believers. After spending a couple hours being trained and practicing what we’d learned together, we went out in twos – like Luke 10 – Brother E & Matt,  D & A, and Marylou & I.

Marylou and I were specifically praying for opportunities to find English speakers since our Hindi is “tora, tora” (small, small)! As the taxi driver drove us to a local university, we prayed for God to specifically help us to find persons of peace whom He’d been preparing to hear the good news.

As we arrived on campus, we prayer-walked for only a few minutes before we met C, a 22 year old girl who attends the university. As we began to get to know her a young guy and girl came up to us. Marylou and I broke off – she to speak with the guy & girl as I stayed to continue talking with C. In all we probably spent about 40 minutes with each of them sharing the story of Zacchaeus, the gospel, and then our story of how we met Christ and how He has changed our lives. Boy, C was prepared to hear the Truth! She was so receptive and locked-in to everything she heard, continually wanting to know more. She said that even when we came up, she recognized that there was something different about us– that she could tell we had peace and joy.

At the end of our conversation, I asked C how I could pray for her. After I prayed, she looked at me, with a giant smile and tears welling in her eyes and said, “I’m so overwhelmed with this message you’ve shared.” She hugged me for a long time thanking me. This was the first time she had ever heard the gospel. 22 years without knowing any truth about our Living God. She said that this was like nothing she’d ever heard. She said when her parents and others make offerings and prayers to other gods “nothing may be happening.” It is a gift that God has shown her the uselessness of praying to idols. Please pray that God would soon grant her the gift of faith to believe and trust fully in Christ and surrender to His Lordship!

I encouraged her to connect with D & A, letting her know that they could share more and answer any questions that she has since we leave tomorrow. Please ask that the seed of the gospel would land in soft soil, sprout into faith, and produce fruit! This is only a work that God can do.

In all, Marylou and I were able to share with 10 people. With each, we encouraged them to connect with D & A to learn more about Jesus. We were blown away with how many expressed great curiosity and awe over the power of Jesus – a God who forgives sin and offers new life. None of them had ever heard the gospel.

After spending a couple hours sharing, we met with the rest of team to debrief. In total, we were able to share with about 25+ people, 7 of which expressed interest to know more! Please pray for D & A as they follow up with these folks. And, again, please pray for the seed to take root and grow!

We are so thankful for the faithfulness of you, our prayer partners, to pray with us for God to bring people to Himself.

Liz

Moments Captured

Hi Church!

The days here are long and full and yet, they have gone by so quickly! The shorter team is just about home and the longer team heads back in a couple days. We thought you all might enjoy some photos from the past week… We’ll try to most some more tomorrow!

*Prayer Request: Tomorrow will be a day of very intentional EV. Please pray for Matt, Liz, myself (Marylou), D, A, and Brother E, as we will go out two by two to share with the people of this city. Pray that we would be led to people of peace and that we would share the Gospel clearly!

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Leading out of Kalkaji Temple
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Leading into Kalkaji Temple; one of the storefronts
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A very joyful woman
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This is the young man Susan wrote about in her blog; such a heart-warming moment to see him receive his certificate!

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Pastor E during the training

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Night time fog

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