The Light is Turned On in a Dark Part of the World!
“I have spent half of my life, over nineteen years, in a prison in Thailand!” “Seven months ago I was part of a gang in Katmandu.” These are hardly the testimonies a teacher might like to hear coming from the students in their new class. But for me, this was music to my ears. These words meant that I was at the right place at the right time. You see the rest of the testimony for both of these men was that… Jesus Christ had found them, one in prison, and the other in the gang, and had radically changed their lives. These two men were but a sampling of the makeup of the students who had ridden a train for three to five days to attend the Bible Institute in Travandrum, India. They were there for eight full weeks because all their expenses had been paid by the Ron Herrod Evangelistic Association. I was there because God had opened the door with an invitation from Dr. Herrod, and because God’s people had generously helped pay my expenses to go and teach. These some forty students were willing to sit in an unairconditioned classroom from early morning until late night like sponges receiving everything we could pour into them in those brief weeks. I was there for the final week and for their graduation exercises, complete with cap and gown. My heart was filled with joy and pride for them as they each walked across the stage and received their certificate. I was also sobered to know that some of them may suffer greatly for their faith as they go back to their home country and face persecution. I was there to teach them, but they taught me so much about passion, joy, heartfelt worship, deep commitment, and sacrifice.
I want to thank all of you who prayed and gave to make this mission trip possible. You share in whatever fruit the Lord will be pleased to produce as a result of our mission. This was the first trip sponsored by Tommy Vinson Ministries, but God willing, it is only the beginning. Our sails are up Lord, Thy will be done.