India Update #6

India Update #6

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your interest in our family, Chapel Baptist Church, and the ministry here in India.   It takes prayer for all three to make my mission trips a success.
It is Saturday morning here in Kulshaker.    Most people live for the “weekend” which translates into when they can do “our own thing”.  For a pastor the “weekend” begins late Sunday night and ends early Tuesday morning (for those who take Monday as their day off).  Here in India Saturday means catch up on email, study for Sunday (I will be preaching in two church services…the same sermon.  Sounds like two for the study effort one.  However, one will be in Kannada through a translator.   That means that it has to be half as long as the first….and…hopefully communicate the same content.    I will be preaching on “Eternal Security”.)  It also means study for my Sunday morning sermon when I get home.  I arrive on Saturday evening and preach on Sunday morning.    I hope to sneak in a nap and do some reading in a book I am reading about a British Army Officer that served in India for forty one years.
The first week of class went very well.  It was more or less a blurr to me, but, the students seemed to benefit.  I often begin class by asking the students if anyone has a testimony that they would like to share about either what the Lord has been doing in their life or ministry.  One morning Pastor B. Suresh, from the state of AP shared.  He began by saying, “Every time I come to this school I have lots of problems”.   Remember, we try to have six modules a year with two classes each module.  Not all of the students are able to come for every module.  Many, including Pastor B. Suresh, live a long way from here.   He went on to say, “Each class brings physical problems, spiritual problems, family problems, or some other kind of problems”.   He had my attention as I have also said the same thing.   It seems…at least for me…the “big events” in life or in our “church life” bring a more intense attack of the world, the flesh, and/or the devil.  The Christian life and Christian service is a spiritual warfare.     Many of our students are pastors and face danger, discouragement, and disappointment.  However, they do not serve the Lord because it is easy.   They serve the Lord because HE DIED FOR THEM AND MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO BE SAVED FROM SPENDING ETERNITY IN HELL.   They are not looking for a way to “get the most out of life”.  They are looking to “live for Him who died for” them.     That thought comes from a hymn, written by Ralph Erskine Hudson who lived from 1843-1901.   Pastor Suresh went on to say that each problem brings an opportunity to trust God and that God always proves that He is faithful and always helps His children through their problems…and He does.   The devil simply trades problems for which you can get God’s help for problems which you will have to solve on your own.   It is amazing how he makes it look like a “good deal”.   It reminds me of the fellow I heard say one day, “Have I got a deal for you!”.   That’s a line the devil likes to use.
Have a good day…
Chris Luppino
Here are the words to the hymn:

My life, my love I give to Thee,
Thou Lamb of God Who died for me;
O may I ever faithful be,
My Savior and my God!
Refrain
I’ll live for Him Who died for me,
How happy then my life shall be!
I’ll live for Him Who died for me,
My Savior and my God!
I now believe Thou dost receive,
For Thou hast died that I might live;
And now henceforth I trust in Thee,
My Savior and my God!
Refrain
O Thou Who died on Calvary,
To save my soul and make me free,
I’ll consecrate my l  life to Thee,
My Savior and my God!
Refrain

2019-01-14T16:51:41+00:00