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Final Mission India Ministry Report:

In October 2016 Christ Lutheran answered God’s call to reach the lost in India. Through our partnership with Mission India we supported 4 Church Planters, an Adult Literacy project with 150 students, and 11 Children’s Bible Clubs in the state of Punjab, one of the areas where it is toughest to reach people with the Gospel.
Through support from Christ Lutheran, hundreds of people are hearing the good news about Jesus and coming to know Him as their Savior and Lord through the Holy Spirit! We have received the final report for the missions we’ve sponsored – here are some of the amazing things the Lord is doing in India through your support:
Church Planters
Families reached: 1793
Scriptures distributed: 2353
New Believers: 208
People Baptized: 53
Prayer Cells Formed: 20
Churches established: 8
Adult Literacy Project
Learners enrolled: 150 (100 female and 50 male)
Started believing in Jesus: 67
Baptisms: 30
Prayer Groups formed: 6
Worshipping groups formed: 3
Stopped borrowing and started sav-ing: 100
Stopped gambling: 87
Stopped abuse of alcohol: 37
Stopped belief in superstitions: 85
Began
Children’s Bible Clubs
(Total results are for all support in Punjab, including Christ Lutheran)
Children reached through Christ Lutheran support: 400
Total children reached in Pun: 6,691
Total clubs conducted: 165
Total new Disciples (children and parents): 5,504
Total worshipping Groups: 95

Prayers Urgently and Continually Needed
Your fervent, consistent prayer is deeply needed for the people of Punjab, and specifically for the church planters, liter-acy project manager and teachers, and Bible club leaders. Below is some information to guide your prayers – the names are also available each Sunday in the bulletin prayer list.
IMPORTANT NOTE – please do not post these names or information online on Facebook or other social media, blogs, web sites, etc. These people are in potential danger for their work so we don’t want to create problems for them (Mission India has cleared us to provide their information in SYNK and the bulletin on our Web site).
Church Planters:
Earic
Yunis
Yakub
Jaswinder
Adult Literacy Project:
Sonia (Project Manager)
Teachers of five classes
150 students, mostly Hindus and Muslims
Children’s Bible Clubs:
11 Bible club leaders
400 children
 
India's Christians are asking for your prayers...and they are relying on prayer to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit in communities across their nation. Sign up at https://missionindia.org/prayer-guide/ to receive the monthly or daily “India Intercessor” prayer guides, the option is all yours!

Giving is ongoing
Praise God for His blessings, and thank you for continuing to support this mission! Remember that giving is ongoing – give online at http://bit.do/CLCS (case sensitive), send via postal mail to Mission India, PO Box 141312, Grand Rapids, MI 49514-1312, or give via the offering plate. Remember to indicate “Christ Lutheran – Costa Mesa” in the memo on your check.
 

Some Final Thoughts About My India Journey - Pastor Mike Gibson

I want to start by saying thank you for following me on Facebook as I journeyed with Mission India. I’m grateful for your “likes” and “comments” as they encouraged to me to be faithful to posting my latest experiences and images.

I also want to share with you my biggest spiritual takeaway from this trip. It is an increased awareness of the spiritual battle that is being fought for the souls of people every day. God wants people to know Jesus as the Savior, to live as forgiven Children of God, and to know that Heaven is sure for all believers. The devil will do whatever it takes to lie, distract, keep people in their sins and confuse them so as not to believe in the true God. The battles that I experienced in my brief time in India were overwhelming. In this day and age I saw people actually worshiping painted pieces of wood and stone – images that represent death and judgment. They live every day with the fear that their actions will offend one or more of the 300 million Hindu gods, resulting not only in the god’s wrath, but in being caught up in the continued cycle of reincarnation and the abusive caste system.

I saw tens of thousands of people who gathered at the Kali Temple in Kolkata frantically pushing and shoving their way to get their few seconds in front of the idol, leaving their sacrifice and hoping they would receive Kali’s blessing for their good works. All this in the moments before the temple attendants shoved them out of the way so the next person could do to the same. I saw the same kind of behavior as people bathed in the Ganges River and as families cremated their loved ones on the shoreline, spreading their ashes on the river in hope of bypassing another round of reincarnation so they could go right to heaven. It was painful to watch, dark, brutal, and hopeless.

Yet, even in that darkness, I saw the incredible light, forgiveness, and hope that is offered in Jesus Christ. I saw it in Mission India’s work with church planters when I got to be part of a little worshiping community on the roof of a dilapi-dated house in Kolkata; a visit to a Children’s Bible Club in a village on the outskirts of the city where 40 kids danced, sang, recited Scripture, and shared their story (and often that of their family) of transformation in Jesus; walking on narrow rice field dikes in the countryside to reach a simple hut where 20 women gathered to learn how to read, to ad-vance their lives, to teach their children, and to learn about Jesus. The light of Christ dispels the darkness!
 
Throughout my ministry I have experienced the daily spiritual battle for the souls of people in our context. In our experience most of the demonic manifestations and the idols we pursue are much more subtle. The result is that we seldom realize how often we too fall at the feet of our idols: wealth, stuff, position, and even relationships. Our idols are anything and everything that gets ahead of our relationship with our Savior, Jesus. They seem innocuous enough and yet they still do their devious job of misplacing our priorities. While much more subtle than what I saw in India, they are no less painful to watch, dark, brutal, and hopeless.
 
We must never forget that our hope is in Jesus Christ. We worship the Savior who did it all for us! We do not need to live our lives, looking over our shoulders to see if our gods are pleased with the good works we offer. We KNOW that our God was pleased with the work of His Son for the forgiveness of our sins. That work of grace gifted us a life of fullness, joy, and the certainly of eternal life in heaven. There is no repetition for us. There is no fear. What was done was enough – once and for all time. It is my prayer that we will all more passionately love, worship, and follow our Savior. Serve Him in gratitude – not in fear – for all He has done for you. Take stock of your life. Ask yourself the question: “What have I placed ahead of Jesus?” Got an answer? Those are your idols. Name them and confess them. Don’t let the devil have a foothold in you. God’s forgiveness in Christ will free you from that bondage. It’s a promise. He will take His rightful place as Lord of your life. You can count on it; your loving, forgiving God, is always faithful. Live and celebrate in the light of Christ.
 
Mission India
I encourage you to learn more about the work of Mission India. The winter issue of our Christ Lutheran newsletter, SYNK has a report of the work accomplished through our congregation’s support of Mission India in 2017. Check out their website. Watch the videos of stories and testimonies. Read the reports of work accomplished and lives trans-formed. I’m convinced that it is one of the finest mission organizations in the world. I’m honored to personally be con-nected to Mission India and for Christ Lutheran to include it in our collective mission efforts. www.missionindia.org

India's Christians are asking for your prayers...and they are relying on prayer to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit in communities across their nation. Sign up at https://missionindia.org/prayer-guide/ to receive the monthly or daily “India Intercessor” prayer guides, the option is all yours!
Giving is ongoing
Praise God for His blessings, and thank you for continuing to support this mission! Remember that giving is ongoing – give online at http://bit.do/CLCS (case sensitive), send via postal mail to Mission India, PO Box 141312, Grand Rapids, MI 49514-1312, or give via the offering plate. Remember to indicate “Christ Lutheran – Costa Mesa” in the memo on your check.