On Monday morning (January 27), Fred Rogers and I leave to join six others from two other churches to spend 11 days together in India. Below is a daily prayer calendar for our trip. We covet your prayer partnership!
India Mission Trip 2014
Monday, January 27 Pray for safe travels from Tampa to Hyderabad, India. Pray also for our families who will have to carry the load at home by themselves for the next 11 days.
Tuesday, January 28 Pray for good relationships to begin forming as we meet the six other team members from McLean Baptist Church in McLean, VA, and First Baptist Church in Boerne, TX.
Wednesday, January 29 Pray for safety for our team as we travel from Hyderabad to our final destination of Narasaraopet, where we will meet the ministry team from Serve Trust. Pray that jetlag and culture shock will not create a spirit of fear or dread for our team.
Thursday, January 30 Pray for good working conditions as we begin painting the Serve Trust facilities. Also pray that we will begin establishing good relationships with the children and adults who live in these facilities.
Friday, January 31 Today after work we will visit the School of Joy, which Serve Trust began to provide education for children who live in a slum area of Narasaraopet. Pray that our visit brings encouragement to the children and teachers.
Saturday, February 1 Today after work we will visit a fishing village on the Bay of Bengal that was affected by the 2004 tsunami. Serve Trust operates a microfinance ministry that helps fund small businesses that support families in the village. Pray that God will prosper these businesses.
Sunday, February 2 Today there will be no painting. Instead we will travel around to worship in several village churches. Pray for a spirit of holiness and joy as we worship with our Indian brothers and sisters.
Monday, February 3 Today after work we will visit the Rock Crushers school, which was established to provide education for children who were previously forced to work in a rock quarry with their parents. Pray for safety for these children and their families who live in small huts around the quarry, which is a dangerous environment.
Tuesday, February 4 Today after work we help to dedicate a new church facility that has recently been constructed in one of the villages that previously had no church. Pray that this church will be built on the foundation of Christ.
Wednesday, February 5 Today after work will visit a youth ministry that Serve Trust has begun in the city of Narasaraopet. Pray that local pressure will not prevent us from sharing openly with these young people about our shared faith in Christ.
Thursday, February 6 – Friday, February 7
Today we begin our journey home. Pray for safe travels. Also pray that the relationships we have formed will continue to impact us for the good of the gospel, and that whatever work we have accomplished will continue to encourage the ministries of Serve Trust.
Grace and peace,