Seeing the mission field: School of Discipleship tour
The School of Discipleship students went on their tour of South Asia where they had the opportunity to experience a totally new and different culture; meet brothers and sisters in the faith; speak with national missionaries and ministry leaders; visit Bridge of Hope centres, a leprosy ministry, and a bible college.
Velm: “God is doing things, by His amazing grace, that completely left me speechless in the places that I visited. In fact, it looked so much like biblical Christianity that I had a hard time believing it all as it is something I have never witnessed – at least not to that magnitude.”
Bible college students led us in a time of worship and prayer together. It was amazing to sing praises to God with them in both English and Hindi! Lisa was extra excited because she had actually learned the words to one of the songs a few years ago at an international student missions conference.
Lisa T: “The things I saw and heard on this trip did much to deepen my understanding of spiritual matters. It’s one thing to hear about people who have given everything to share the good news of Jesus, it’s another to be able to meet and talk with them. I think I imagined national missionaries as sort of ‘Super Christians’, then when I met them, I realized they’re just ordinary people who have an extraordinary love for God. I’m inspired to be like them in faith. I may not be able to be a national missionary like them, but wherever God will place me, I’m challenged to be ‘all-in’ too.”
Velm received a VERY big hug from a child who was once abandoned, but is now being loved cared for! The love and joy this boy has now is so evident on his face.
We saw firsthand the compassionate care that leprosy patients receive at medical centres. Staff have shown the amazing love of Jesus to the patients by providing free medical care and custom fit footwear to assist patients.
Velm: I had certainly heard of the millions that were bound in the hands of Satan, but witnessing it with my own eyes and feeling it in my Spirit was entirely different.
Visiting a slum was like stepping into a different world. While we’d seen pictures and videos of slums before, they could not adequately capture the experience of being in one. However, the children in the Bridge of Hope centre we met there were so bright and joyous! We now have a much better understanding of how to pray for the churches and Bridge of Hope centres in the slums.
Lisa N: The physical and spiritual poverty felt unbearable. I pray that effects of this trip will continuously change me to become more like Christ, with the desire to make Him known!
We have many reasons to praise God following this trip! The leaders and workers we met are certainly of God’s sovereign grace. The Holy Spirit is so evident in their lives and they are certainly bearing fruit in abundance. We will continue in prayer for the work that is being done in Asia!