It’s great to be back home in the USA! The last two weeks we had the privilege
to go to Europe and India and share the love of Jesus. God used us in 3
- Planting Churches in
Europe – We spent 2 days training about 30 church planting pastors near
Gothenburg, Sweden. They were from 10 different countries throughout
Europe. This was the first Church
Planters Roundtable in this city. What a privilege to share with them and spend
time with them. I shared my desire
to stay committed to them to plant life giving, relevant churches throughout
Europe. These are exciting days in a region of the world that needs the light
of Jesus! I want to thank the Europe Advance lead team for inviting me and
for Pastor Thomas Jonsson with Christian Center Church for hosting us!
- Training Pastors in
India – For the past 7 years I have been traveling to India once or twice a
year to train pastors and leaders in Chennai, India as a part of Dr. John
Maxwell’s EQUIP ministry. This was our last training session to these precious
pastors. God used us to train over
500 pastors and church leaders who in turn have committed to training 25
leaders. That means we have
trained over 12,000 pastors throughout South India! It was more emotional than
I was expecting as I said good bye to these South Indian Pastors. I want to
thank Pastor Greg Surratt from Seacoast Church in Charleston for inviting me to
join him in this training 7 years ago.
I also want to thank Pastor David Mohan with New Life Church, Chennai
for hosting us for all of these years.
New Life Church was started about 37 years ago by Pastor Mohan and now
has over 40,000 attend every Sunday. He’s had a HUGE impact on my life and has
become a dear friend.
- Providing a Well and Church
in an Indian village – We also had the privilege of being a part of the
dedication service for a well and church in a village outside of Hyderabad,
India. As we arrived we were greeted with flowers and a cart pulled by bulls. Clean water is in great demand in
India and in this remote village they are desperate for fresh clean water. The
leaders of this church shared with me that the well that C3 Church provided is
the most prosperous and flourishing well in the entire village.
So much so that the leaders of the village tried to take it
over. But God intervened and now
the entire village will be blessed by this well that will be a tremendous
ministry to the church. They are
also desperate for Jesus in a village that is predominately Hindu. I was overwhelmed
with the needs and the poverty but it was a great feeling to know that C3
Church is making a difference in this village.