Describe what the Lord has called you to do and the commitment you have made to answer that call:
In 2008 when we were planning to get married, we had a faint perception that following Christ should mean more than our own desires.
At the time, we had no idea what that meant or where that desire would lead. After marriage, we traveled to Asia and had the opportunity to visit various missionaries. Although unsure of God’s purpose for us at the time, in hindsight, He was planting the seeds of working in cross-cultural missions. God had a plan for us and He was waiting for us to be ready to deny ourselves and follow Him. Our family, including our two young children Ezra and Skyla, plan to move to Southeast Asia in August of this year. The Lord has placed it on our hearts to assist a missionary family working among tribal communities.
Tell us about the people you will minister to:
The people that we’ll be working with initially are the indigenous people of Southeast Asia. Many of these people take part in animistic practices and are often under the grips of evil spirits. We will be working at a newly started missions school primarily for children that are from various tribal groups. There are roughly 140 students that attend school daily; about 40 are being boarded at the school and are cared for full time. The school currently has elementary classes up to 3rd grade and is being taught fully in English. We hope to help expand the school and use it as a means to share Christ among the people.
What are the challenges you face as you and your family enter into the mission field?
While we will surely face all kinds of challenges over the next year, we want to look at challenges as opportunities for our faith to be increased and for God to show up in amazing ways. Our biggest challenge will be simply adjusting to a new culture. Although we’re originally from south India, we will be moving to a region of Asia that we have little familiarity with; we will certainly experience culture shock and our children even more so since they have never been there. Along with culture, the language will be a major challenge, so that will be our primary focus during the first year.
How can we pray for you?
Please pray that our first thought with every decision, challenge or crisis would be to go to God in prayer. We want Him to lead and direct our paths. Please pray our marriage would be preserved and strengthened and that our children would grow to love God and this journey. Pray that we would be able to speak the local language fluently so that we will have an effective ministry among the locals. Lastly, pray that this region of the world would hear God’s message of love and deliverance, and accept it.
Describe any financial/material needs of the ministry:
The most urgent need is for the school in terms of infrastructure and handling an increased enrollment next year. Currently, one small building with various rooms are used for boarding kids & care takers, conducting classes, cooking food and eating meals. The current enrollment of about 140 is already beyond capacity and next year the number of children expected to attend may exceed 250. It’ll be critical this year for a new building to be added to accommodate all the children. Without any regular ministry support and with many children unable to pay tuition, the school has been scraping by financially since it started about a year and a half ago. We’re praying that the Lord will provide someone or a group of people who will take on a key partnership role with the school and assist financially with projects for 2018.
What is something you would like to challenge us with?
Don’t plan out your whole life. It takes eternal perspective to look beyond all this life has to offer. Give God an opportunity to take the lead and simply follow in faith. His plans will always be better than our own. Jim Elliot said,
“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.”
What is your favorite verse/quote?
Recently, we heard this quote from John Piper:
“There is very little correlation between a long life and big influence. Influence correlates with kind of person, not length of life. Most people live very long lives with very little impact and others live a very short life with huge impact.”
Also, 2 Timothy 1:7 is a great personal reminder about how we do not have to fear anything because our identity is in Christ:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
What is the best/preferred method of sending monetary gifts for the purposes of this ministry?
We’ve partnered with CMML (Christian Missions in Many Lands) which is a service organization that assists cross-cultural missionaries from Brethren assemblies. Click HERE to make donations through our CMML page.
Additional resources & information:
There are many resources out there to help you pray for the nations, but we love the missionary handbook from CMML that organizes it in a way so that you can pray for workers in a specific country each day of the month. This can be mailed to you by requesting it from the Resources page of the CMML website.
One other recommendation that we make to everyone we meet, especially young people, is to take the Perspectives missions course, which is offered throughout the country (click here to find a class near you). It’s a good opportunity to learn and be challenged about global missions. It’s said that the class will “ruin your life for the ordinary.”