Thank you so much for your support and prayers for the India Trip! The team made it there and back again safe and sound, and as expected it was an incredible time seeing first-hand what the Lord is doing through Gospel for Asia.
…and of course, I’m going to tell you a bit about it!
Missionaries and students
We met Bible college students training to take the love of Christ to those who still wait to hear that Jesus walked the earth, some preparing to depart very soon for the mission field.
We worshipped with them and heard some of their testimonies. One pastor used to be a terrorist who knew how to use every firearm and explosive. Now he pastors 400 people and travels to several other locations where people gather for fellowship and prayer.
We went to churches in villages where the people had never before seen a Westerner. Their passion, sincerity and faith were evident even through the language barrier! We heard some of their testimonies too, and had the privilege of praying with some of them.
We spent time in slums where the people live in self-made shack-housing with no plumbing or sewage. GFA distributed 250 blankets in the slum below, as it actually gets cold enough to kill in some parts of India.
We saw their children being loved, educated and taught about Jesus love by GFA-supported workers. The parents have to work all day and don’t have the means to send them to school (and often won’t realise the importance of it in the first place). This means these children spend all day at home alone in the slums.
Bridge of Hope
We also saw Bridge of Hope centres where poor children get extra tuition, a daily meal (sometimes their only meal for the day!), yearly medical check-up, and learn of Jesus’ love for them.
A couple of times we also had the honour and joy of passing out their lunch plates to them!
Street Children’s Homes
We also saw abandoned children are being housed, sent to school, fed, loved, and taught about Jesus’ love for them. In this particular city about 25 children turn up at the train station each day, having been sent away by parents who could not afford to feed them.
The goal is to eventually reunite them with the families that were forced to abandon them, and help repair the family. Below is the pin board with photos of all the boys who have been returned to their families and reconciled.
UK Church Meetings
I am now GFA UK’s main speaker, and I have had the privilege of speaking at two churches in the last couple of months; Calvary Southampton, down south:
…and Sandy Lane Community Church here in Manchester:
It has been a humbling experience to be able to speak into the lives of God’s people and share GFA’s passion for reaching the lost with the love of Christ.
Our New Website
It’s finally here! We have been waiting a long time for a working website where people can actually sponsor our National Missionaries, sponsor Bridge of Hope children, get prayer news and updates, and donate for our myriad of outreach ministries in Asia. Please give it a look when you have a free minute, it’s www.gfauk.org. It’s such a big deal for us that when it launched we took a celebratory coffee break!
Special thanks owed to Elliot Wilsher of Calvary Design who spent many extra hours working on this project for us, as we’re pretty sure it wouldn’t have happened without him!
For those who are curious, Angie is currently at 19 weeks!
We are looking forward to being parents with great excitement and anticipation, and we have been marveling at the wonder of God’s design in the pregnancy process. It’s truly amazing!
Thank you so much for your prayers, we really appreciate them, and we don’t know where we’d be without them. That’s my way of saying that we do need you to keep praying for us, so please don’t stop!
- Traffic on our website and missionaries and children sponsored
- Church meeting opportunities for me to come and speak
- Wisdom as we lead the UK team
- For Angie’s pregnancy, a healthy baby, and that we would be Godly parents
I know that prayer is sometimes difficult, and sometimes it feels like God isn’t there, or isn’t listening. Let me encourage you that indeed He is, that He hears every prayer you whisper, and that He acts. In C.S. Lewis’ fictional (but very helpful and illuminating) ‘Screwtape Letters’ the senior tempter devil Screwtape, giving his evil counsel, says “our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do [God’s] will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”
Never stop praying. May God bless you, and keep you, and cause His face to shine upon you.
Yours for the 2 billion who still wait to hear,
JP & Angie