One of the things that I find difficult about being in a foreign land is feeling isolated. When I was at Woodstock, students and faculty spoke English well, and some even spoke “American English”. You know; ALUMINUM foil, TRUNK of a car, etc. Here in Guwahati, usually I will go for several weeks before an American or native English speaker comes to the compound. I miss the interaction and the luxury of shared experiences. For instance, how do you explain “Hepburn & Tracy”, or “Philly Cheese Steak”? What we always connect on, though, is God’s Love for us and His plan for us to tell others.
Last week, over 100 missionaries, pastors and students participated in the Annual Mission Consultation in Pfutsero, Nagaland, India. When the American Baptist missionaries living in India were forcibly sent back to the US, the people of Nagaland did not wring their hands and wonder what to do. They read their Bibles and started to work. They reasoned that if a missionary had brought Christ to them, they should send missionaries to take Christ to others.
Today the Chakhesang Association has over 30 missionaries in China, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and, yes, the US. They are supported by their home churches and can travel to places that are closed to our own missionaries. They are often trained, at least partially, by funds from Baptist International Ministries. In other words, you help to train these missionaries. Your donations don’t just keep our American Baptist missionaries in the field, but help them to train others for other mission fields, putting words into action---
“Go ye therefore and teach all nations….” Matthew 28:19-20
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