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Reflections on a Trip to India

In  the year 2000, I went to India, kicking & screaming, as a representative of Help International. Whilst there, God started to work in me something towards the people of that nation. And this was confirmed in a second visit to India in 2004. God wanted me to be involved in that nation - why, I don't really yet know. I'm not a church planting, world changing, apostle. Neither am I some power of God evangelist. But I did need to be obedient to what I clearly felt to be the prompting of God. In 2004 I went to India again with Gareth Duffty & met Ralph and Renuka in Agra and I felt that my involvement was to be with them. They visited the church in Keighley and, I believe, God worked a joining between the church and Ralph & Renuka. A prophetic word came to them to the effect that these people were his people. I believe that the significance of this word has been shown in the number of church members who have subsequently been to Agra and served the people there with their own individual skills.

Over the years with visits to Agra and return visits to the UK by Ralph & Renuka, the relationships have increasingly strengthened. And, in my opinion, the latest visit in February of this year, confirmed this. In one sense it would be great to come back and talk about 100s being saved & healed, and to talk about miracles. But I can't do this. Yes, some people were saved, and some were healed. But for me the miracle which has been taking place has been the amazing Kingdom of God work of two nations/peoples being joined.

On the last two visits I have had the privilege of accompanying Ralph to churches further afield, and it was clear that the developing relationship is extending. Some of the welcomes we received, about which the Indians can teach us a lot, were amazing. In fact, the effort & cost of making the trip was well worth it just for these welcomes alone.

It was such a blessing to be able to share God's word in various settings, and to see it received in faith.

It was a great blessing to travel with Ralph, even share beds with him - and to fellowship over the word and the work. It is good to have visited sufficiently to be able to talk and share intelligently about the work, not only in India but also in the UK.

I spent the first week in Agra, sharing into the church and even with leaders of other churches in the town. A major input was also had into the School of Service, where young men & women are being given 2 years training for ministry. This time was spent looking into the letter to The Romans. The second week involved much travelling - flights, long car, coach & rail journeys - and various groupings were visited in Raipur, Korba, Jagdalpur & Delhi.

An additional blessing on this trip was being accompanied for part of the time with brothers Geoff & Jay from Coventry. They spent some time in Bangalore but that's a story for them to tell. - GJJ