“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel.” (Nehemiah 1:4-6a)
My heart is overjoyed to be in India celebrating with the hundreds of graduates from Mission India Bible Colleges and Seminary. I remember when God saved, transformed, and called me to the ministry. I long to encourage all who commit their lives to follow God’s call. In all this joy, my heart is also pained with the loss of loved ones, and knowledge of the great darkness that still covers the lost. We must reach them. That is why my life’s cry has been, “Give me India, or let me die!”
With this same faith and intensity, I passionately prayed for my native country, at the onset of RIMI/MI. Out of a deep longing in my heart, I cried out―and still cry out―for the salvation of South Asia! Like Paul, I am resting on God’s promise that if we ask anything according to His will in Christ’s name, He will answer. S.D. Gordon puts it this way, “You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed… Prayer is striking the winning blow… service is gathering up the results.”
As I prayed and studied the bible, my burden for South Asia grew. I wept tears for my country and her people. God opened my eyes to two realities: spiritual darkness and poverty. I saw the educated and uneducated alike worshiping idols and ringing bells to awaken unknown gods. It was heartbreaking to see the nation held in such bondage to spiritual darkness.
The second harsh reality that confronted me in India was the poverty that met my eyes wherever I looked. Once, while on the train, a poor, skinny, half-naked boy came to clean my compartment. He continually scratched my leg and pleaded, “Sir, please help me.” God used his hopelessness to convict me then and there―to make a difference in one person’s life is an eternal accomplishment! RIMI’s vision to provide for the children of South Asia grew out of my encounter with that boy and his need for the God he did not yet know.
By God’s faithfulness, and the abundant support of our partners, RIMI has been able to make a difference.
- 10,400+ house churches
- 1,500 + missionaries supported
- 1,000+ children being cared for
- 600+ graduates, yearly
With your continued support, when a lost soul cries out, “please help me,” we can respond, “Yes!”
Quote of the Day: “Give me India, or let me die!” (Dr. Saji K. Lukos)
Prayer of the Day: “Dear God, grant us the fervor to accomplish your will throughout the earth.”