Drew Williams has been in India this summer on a missionary trip to small mountain towns around the country. We loved hearing his heart for going before we sent him off last month to minister the the Gospel to unreached people groups. Although he has had limited access to contact us, Drew has sent a couple of emails to Christ Church giving us updates. We just wanted to share those updates with you so that you can continue to pray for his time effectively.
From June 28th:
Hey Christ Church! Things are going really well here. I just got back from a nine day treck that consisted of hiking and sharing the good news in remote mountain villages, traveling to Hindu holy sites and talking with Hindu pilgrims, meeting some Muslim nomads who herd buffalo, and building relationships with faithful Indian brothers who serve so faithfully. Thanks for your prayers! I have had many opportunities to share the good news in places where it has never gone before. Love you guys! There are three things I really miss about the states: my family, food, and Christ Church. Can’t wait to share more about what the Lord is doing here.
From July 11th:
I spent this past week doing a vbs in a remote mountain village. The kids were all Hindu along with the rest of the village. Tehri district, where we were staying, is 100% Hindu. One couple of believers from a different Indian state opened a Christian Academy in this area. I had a wonderful time partnering with them, teaching the kids songs like “Father Abraham” and “This Little Light of Mine.” We told 4 Bible stories and did skits with kids. This couple is very lonely and could use much prayer, considering the fact that they come in contact with very few believers. During our fellowship time with this couple on Sunday, I shared the parable of the mustard seed. I am learning here that the kingdom is not necessarily built in the big, glamorous things, but in the little things. I think our ministry often follows the pattern of the mustard seed. We plant little seeds, and The Lord uses our feeble efforts to build His kingdom. I have been challenged to work hard at the little things and pray a lot. We are leaving on Monday to do the same type of ministry at a girl’s home. I miss my Church family dearly, and I cannot wait to be back and share my experiences. I am continuing to pray for Christ Church and am comforted by the fact that you are praying for me. May His Kingdom come!
From July 19th:
I cannot express how thankful I am for you and your prayers. When people on my team are wondering how I have not gotten sick (praise the Lord) or how I am still working hard and not totally exhausted, I tell them that my Church is a praying Church. What I saw this past week has given me a new fervor for prayer:
We visited a holy city called Haridwar where Hindus (and hippies from all over) come to wash themselves in the Ganges and pay homage to the countless gods they worship. This trip they make is suppose to earn them good karma which will eventually result in freedom from the cycle of reincarnation. There were hundreds of thousands of hindus there carrying little statues, big statues, submerging themselves in the river, and going to various temples. One night, the guys on our team went to a giant statue of Shiva, who is one of the three main gods in Hinduism. We stood at the foot of this 100 ft statue, filled with people worshipping to blaring music extolling Shiva. We prayed long and hard that night for the Lord to fulfill his promise in 1 Corinth 15 of putting EVERY enemy under his feet. I think I may have caught a glimpse of Paul’s fervor for prayer. While my heart is heavy for that area, I remember that when Paul went to Ephesus it was filled with idol worship. This gives me great hope in the power of the Lord. I pray for the day when no one in Haridwar can make a dime off of idols and demonic worship. Please pray for this area. Check my Facebook for pictures of people bathing in the Ganges, the statue, etc. Love you guys!