Posted Tuesday, March 6
Sharing Christ in Punjab
by Ashlyn Williams
Anna and Joel Ballejos, Joshua Akin, and myself spent our afternoon with a Sikh. He shared about his beliefs and why he was a Sikh. Anna and Joel asked him questions about his religion and shared with him about our beliefs. Josh shared the Prodigal Son story, and I shared my personal testimony with him. Joel wrapped up the conversation by sharing theJosh Akin reads the Prodigal Son story to Sikh devotee. Photo / Ashlyn Williams Gospel with the young man, and telling him how he can have a personal relationship with the one true God. Not only was our new friend just listening to us, but he was understanding and was even finishing up our comments as everything we were sharing with him started to make sense.
One main issue with the Sikhs' religion is that they believe the gurus show you the path to heaven. We explained and showed our friend John 14:6, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" Joel explained that, though the guru may show the pathway, Jesus is the pathway to heaven, and is such because He died on a cross for our sins.
The personal relationship issue is a big deal for Sikhs because they fear their 'god' and cannot experience a personal relationship with their 'god.' For us to tell them that they can know God as their Savior and have a personal relationship with Him -- that blows their minds. After sharing our afternoon with our new friend, we left him with a gift, a Bible. We marked the book of John for him to read, and he said that he would read the whole Bible. Pray for this young man, and that God would reveal himself to our new friend.
Posted Monday, March 5
TMC team worships in India
Truett-McConnell's mission team in India attended a four-hour worship service at the Sikh First Baptist Church in Punjab. The church was so packed with people that many others sat outside the building. Baptized believers of the church celebrated the Lord's Supper under the pastor's direction. After the service, 20 recent converts, who had been waiting for warmer weather, were baptized.
After these activities, worship continued with groups of people huddled in prayer. Others were asking spiritually important questions of the pastor, and Drs. Pruitt and Harwood. The church also hosted a meal for members and any others who wanted to attend. Though the worship time was different from American styles, it was a reminder of how heaven will be one day. Romans 14:11, "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."
Posted Sunday, March 4, 2012
Five of the 10 students who are spending their spring break in Punjab, India, are missions majors; and every student is here for one reason: to be obedient to God's command.
God says in James 1:22-25, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it - he will be blessed in what he does."
Truett McConnell College gives us students the opportunity to go on mission trips throughout the year. We hear in the classroom and chapel services about missions and the importance of why we should go on mission trips. Those of us who are in India are not merely listeners of the word, but are doers of the word. We are obeying God's command not just to hear, but to do.
Since October, most of us have met every week in a time of prayer for multiple hours. This trip to India has been soaked in prayer, and we are excited to see what God has planned for this week ahead. As we go through this journey of sharing with the Sikhs, please be in prayer for us to have boldness, and pray for the people we will meet.
Posted March 1
Dr. Ed Pruitt, Dr. Adam Harwood, and 10 Truett-McConnell College students will minister alongside local believers in Punjab, India, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ during TMC's Spring Break, March 1-11.
Please cover the TMC mission team with your prayers, asking for God's protection and His unction to the ministry so the Lord's Word will accomplish its purposes and not return void.
TMCNews will post updates on this page regarding the ministry efforts in India.
Stay tuned ....