As I teach in front of the men, I look at their faces. I know each one has a story and unique life experiences. I look forward to seeing them in heaven when I can spend time sharing what Jesus has done in our lives. I got a glimpse into the life of one pastor who sent me his testimony. I share it with you as he wrote it:
“To Pastor Jerry Schmoyer. I was born and bought up in a “Serivelpur Village, Siddhantham Post” tribe in Andhra Pradesh. Before knowing Christ I believed in lots of superstitions. Our tribe used to do human sacrifices and worshipped our tribal gods and Goddess etc. I along with some people started robbery and in a situation we killed a person. I ran away into forest and lived there for several weeks. Even my father didn’t allow me into house. In those days one Saturday evening I was hiding and sitting on a tree and heard a gospel song from a church. I jumped from the tree and started walking towards the sound. Many members got scared of me but the local church pastor look me and shared the gospel with me. The Holy Spirit convicted my heart and I am a sinner and only Jesus can forgive my sins and cleanse me. My life began to change; Pastor of the same church gave shelter to me for 8 months. I worked in some Christian organization and later on came to a church training program and now planting a new church in our region.
“Thank you for your prayers and support. Please pray as I am going to select 8 surrounding villages and preach gospel to those villages and raise up some believers and church planters from those villages.” By Pastor Obadiah.
What a privilege we have to help train and encourage these men and women God is using in the work of his Kingdom here in India! As you give and pray you also are a part of what is happening. One day you will meet these changed lives in heaven you have prayed for. (January 17, 2020 Hyderabad, India)
Revelation 7:9-10 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
Spend some time now praising and worshipping God for His power, wisdom, majesty and love. Thank Him for the privilege you have in helping God’s Kingdom grow around the world.