India Update #3
Hi everyone! It's Ellen Tuttle in Calcutta (known as Kolkata in India), the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Thank you so much for following our journey and praying for us! Your prayers are essential for the success of this ministry trip.
We're testing our new course called Chosen, on the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. This will be its first international teaching.
Christianity is India's third largest religion with approximately 24 million followers, constituting 2.3% of India's population, comprised of Protestants and Catholics. Even though these two groups have theological differences, they're both distinct minorities, and they're hoping to unite when they have opportunity. This course on Mary would seem to be one such opportunity.
Please be in prayer for Phil. There are a number of priests from the local Catholic diocese coming. Our World Teach National Director, Rev. Sathyabal sent them a preview of the material in their Bengali language. Their first feedback is positive, and they are coming to the teaching of Chosen tomorrow. Praise God.
- Pray that tomorrow will build bridges, not walls--for connections without compromise.
- Pray that Phil and his interpreter work well together so the message is presented accurately and winsomely. There have been times when interpreters were excited about preaching their own message rather than what Phil is teaching!
- Pray for every single person to be touched deeply by the Spirit through the Word.
- Pray for health and endurance! The air pollution in Calcutta is strong, so our eyes and throats are burning.
As you are reading this on Friday night, it will be Saturday morning here, and Phil will be starting to teach. So before you fall asleep, pray intentionally for these requests. We really appreciate it and we know that your prayers are what releases God's power to bring real change and growth in the hearts of these people.
We'll let you know how God is answering your prayers soon!
clearly as I should. Colossians 4:2-4