2013 Mission Helper Trip to India
The 2013 CLC Mission Helpers spent three weeks this past sum-mer in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pra-desh working along-side their brothers and sisters in Christ of the CLCI and BELC. Ten individuals (David Lueck, Nathan No-eldner, Andrew Roehl, Jennifer Grabow, Becky Haddad, Lucas Brown, Melanie Halstein, Katherine Kazemba, Becky McKen-ney, and Pastor Todd Ohlmann) joined Missionary Matthew Ude and his wife Vanessa in Chennai where they began their work with a day of rest and fellowship. These twelve individuals
then traveled to Nellore where they were greeted and welcomed by the host pastors of the CLCI and BELC. Following the wel-come ceremony they were then divided into three teams as they went in three different direction to visit and teach in some 40 congregations where they had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with nearly 2,000 children through a series of child evangelism lessons they had prepared. You can read of their experiences on the trip blog at: http://2013clcmhtindia.blogspot.com
Now, by the time this article is being read, the 2013 CLC Mission Helpers will be back to their daily routines of school, friends, home, worship, and work. But most every for-mer Mission Helper will be quick to tell you that the memories and faces of India, the abundance of opportunities to serve the Lord by serving others, and joy of working alongside their newly acquainted brothers and sisters in Christ in spreading the Gospel are never far from their thoughts. Former Mission Helpers share stories of how the Mission Helper Trip they were on continues to impact their daily lives, even some 12 years later. A recent conversation with a former Mission Helper to India led to an explanation of how, this mother of two, thinks about India almost every day and hopes the Lord will provide her the opportunity to go to Africa or back to India again someday!
The 2013 Mission Helpers were asked to share, in one sentence, what they would like others in the CLC to know about the experience they had as a CLC Mission Helper. What follows are what some of the 2013 Mission Helpers want you know about their Mission Helper experience…
Summarize in one sentence? Wow, that’s tough! I think of India every day; the incredible blessing it was to go, and the amazing
work of our brothers overseas. But, to sum it up in one sentence (or two): I’ll never forget the experience of the Mission Helper Trip to India; it was nothing I ever could have expected, but more than I ever could have imagined. The opportunity to work with our broth-ers and sisters in Christ “as they are going” was truly an honor.
It is marvelous when to see the response of the children especially to our smile or hand shake and when they hear our words translated.
The Mission Helper Program is incredible in how it gives you a different perspective and makes you realize the deep need for the Word abroad and at home.
We thank the LORD for protecting us along the way. I’m truly amazed by the dedication the pastors have for the Gospel ministry. They are shining examples of how I should live my life.
So I may have abused the use of commas to stretch out my one sen-tence as long as it could go…but it’s hard to summarize such an awesome experience in just one sentence! “Working with and serv-ing our Christian brothers and sisters in India was incredibly inspir-ing and moving as we witnessed their deep hunger for God’s Word, their intense desire for prayer, their sincere joy in worshiping the Savior, and their overwhelming displays of love for us mission help-ers.”
The work of the Gospel is endless, and our calling to bring the Word with us in all we do and reflect God’s love to all humanity is a lifestyle, chosen by God, for us to thrive within. Seeing the work that the Christians in India are doing is empowering and encouraging, and further motivates us to bring the Gospel to those around us, as these faithful Indian Christians do in their communities.
I think the only way it’s possible to really know the need for mission work in India is to see it first-hand.