India: Our Dreams in God’s Hands
By NMC - February 11, 2016
Posted in Partnerships, Global Impact, Stories from NMC
The group of people surveyed the dusty ground. They envisioned a building where students could sit in classes and learn together. They imagined a bench where students could linger and get to know one another. They dreamed of a place where students could come from all over India to receive discipleship training. The group of Americans walked the grounds, praying, dreaming, wondering. Their dreams brought them to their knees that day. As life carried on around them, they lifted their prayers to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine.
When Satyendra Basumata first shared his dream of starting the Discipleship Training Center, he couldn’t have imagined where God would take this vision. Over the next three months, many people would take this school to the Lord in prayer, believing He wanted to accomplish big things. After four months of praying, 15 students enrolled in the first graduating class. At the time, they operated in a rented house. The vision wasn’t complete, but as these 15 students came together, it was evident that God was in the midst of this ministry. Five years later, dozens of students have completed the program. The Center is in its own building, and nearly 100% of the graduates now work in ministry.
This past January, a team of six people from NMC, led by Pastor Dave and Christy, boarded a plane headed New Delhi to visit our India partners. Fresh on Dave and Christy’s minds was their previous trips and the ministry that has happened over the years. As the group traveled to two different conferences in the north and south of India, they were able to see many answers to prayers from years before.
The team first stopped in Visakhapatnam, in southern India, to host a three-day conference. In years past, the conference was hosted in a city in the middle of India. The pastors who wanted to attend had to travel 30-40 hours north. Not only did this year’s conference save them time and money, it was also location-specific. This meant the conference was in their language and was culturally relevant. Additionally, many of the pastors who attended face daily persecution because of their faith. For them, this conference is a chance to boldly worship with fellow believers and be encouraged in their faith.
The second conference was held in Mendabari in northern India near the churches of Little Flock Fellowship. The first day in Mendabari was spent with the students of the Discipleship Training Center. Our team stepped into these students’ lives for a moment to hear their stories and encourage them. In turn, many of the team members walked away encouraged because of the stories of changed lives and spiritual growth. The next three days were spent with about 650 people who were eager to learn about being “fully committed.”
Although the trip was about teaching and evangelizing to the local people, our team walked away incredibly encouraged by the growth and maturity of local church leaders. This was the 14th trip to India for Dave and the 10th for Christy. On their first trip, they couldn’t have imagined what God would do as a result of their obedience. Yet it’s been through this obedience and the obedience of local church leaders that Little Flock Fellowship came to be part of the Missionary Church, that this conference began to minister to pastors, and that dozens of students have completed a discipleship training program.
Our partners continue to dream big for the future, trusting the Lord to be faithful because He is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine.
How can NMC come alongside our partners in India?
First and foremost, we can cover our brothers and sisters in prayer. Pray for strength and courage in the midst of persecution. Pray for spiritual growth and continued discipleship. As a church, let’s continue to be generous with our finances as well. No ministry can function without the generosity of their partners. Thanks for your continued generosity. We never know all that God will do.