Church of the Highlands Missions Trip: INDIA 2014
In 2014, a group of young adults from the Church of the Highlands embarked on a one month long trip to India. They visited New Delhi, Ranchi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad where they shared testimonies, sang songs and preached the Gospel. As they traveled, sometimes for as many as 30 hours at a time, they met with many pastors and congregations and spent time listening to stories of God’s amazing faithfulness through persecution, drought, worry and fear. They were also able to experience the vast array of tribal and overall Indian culture.
While in Kolkata, they were able to attend a GLOMOS class and see firsthand how we train and equip our pastors for ministry. They spent time learning alongside the pastors and fellowshipping with them during the breaks. They were also able to assist a few of our graduates in their ministry outreaches. One of the graduates was involved with a ministry to refugees from Bangladesh living in the slums of Kolkata. They witnessed the horrors of impoverished life, saw families digging through trash to find plastic they could sell to recycling centers and small children removing battery acid from batteries to sell as drugs. This ministry provided clean water to the families as well as schooling for any young children whose parents were willing to allow them to attend. They also got to accompany a woman who has a ministry reaching out to prostitutes in the red light district and providing schooling for their children. It was a sad case as many of the women were forced to work in prostitution by their husbands in order to earn additional income for the family.
One member of the team said:
“All of us learned and grew so much during this trip. It was enlightening to see how God moves in different ways in a culture different than our own. The way He pursues people and reveals Himself to people in India is not the way He typically does things in America. Our knowledge of God was widened, and our faith grew deeper as we heard many stories of how He had moved and is moving among our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world. If I had to characterize the Indian believers in one sentence it would be this: people with simple faith in God resulting in simple obedience to Him. Getting to know Maxwell and Amit personally and spend weeks of quality time with them added a special touch to the trip. We got to be a part of their lives for a month and see how personally invested they are into this ministry. It is much more than a job to them, and it was a privilege to serve alongside them for a month.” - Micah B.