India Update #1

Mumbai AirportEllen and I are cruising along on Jet Airways #348, our third of three flights. Atlanta to Paris. Paris to Mumbai. And now Mumbai to Hyderabad. Thankfully this flight is only about an hour long.

We've already been traveling 23 hours, and since we left in the evening we've been up almost 36 hours straight. Unfortunately, sleeping on airplanes is one of those useful life skills I never developed.

Even though I am bone tired, I'm energized and filled with anticipation because of what we get to do this week in India.

We'll be helping lead our annual South Asia regional conference. This group of about 25 trainers comes together once a year to learn a new Walk Thru the Bible course. They travel from throughout India as well as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan. Within a couple months that course is available in the top 10-12 languages of the region. Then they spend the year training pastors and other leaders to share that course with others. In 2016, more than 1.2 million people in South Asia attended a live Walk Thru course. Talk about the miracle of multiplication!

I think this is about my eighth time here, and it's Ellen's third. That means this coming week will be as much a family reunion as a training conference. That's especially true because this year our trainers are bringing their spouses and children to the conference. We did that back in 2012 and it was epic!

I can't wait to see Sathyabal, Palaskar, Solomon, Samuel, Thomas, Baiju, Lincoln, Lawrence, Prem John, Athanasius, and all the rest of my old friends and their families. Plus I'm sure we've added some new trainers since I was here two years ago.

Mumbai Airport

This year Ellen and I will be sharing a new marriage series we developed for the WinShape marriage cruise we led for Chick-fil-A last summer. (Yes, that was a grueling assignment but somebody had to do it!) The five-part series is called "The Most" and focuses on five conversations most couples most need to have. Our primary goal is to help strengthen the marriages of our leaders here, rather than giving them an additional course to teach others.

Ellen will also be sharing a couple of talks with the women on "The Relationships that Carry You Through the Storms." She'll focus on building stronger relationships with husbands, female friends, and God. She'll be fully adorned in a sari they gifted her with last time we were here.

I'll send some more updates and pictures as the week unfolds. My main goal right now is to beg you to pray for us this week. There is a lot of spiritual oppression in this part of the world. It's a tough place to live and a very tough place to serve as a Christian leader. These couples need to be loved and encouraged. They need to hear God's ideas about their relationships, not Ellen's or mine.

We often tell you that our ministry would be impossible without your partnership. That's always true, but this week we feel much more desperate than usual. So if you're up for it, please respond with a quick email and let us know that you're coming with us to India through the miracle of prayer. Your partnership will be a huge encouragement to Sathyabal and his team too.

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Lauren King 10.01.2017 14:37  
Praying with and for you! Yes No   It's so exciting to read about all that will happen at the Conference this week. I will especially pray for your marriage talks, and their ears to hear.
Thank you also for making special time for our kids :) I know they were not on the WalkThru Agenda, but I believe the Lord had your timing and meeting in mind all along to refresh and encourage them as they travel. Blessings and prayers to you and Ellen!
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Pauline P. Estell 09.01.2017 16:46  
Praying Yes No   Praying for your rest and health!
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Steve Keyes 09.01.2017 12:51  
prayer Yes No   Praying for you right now Phil! Please tell Sathyabal "HI" from me too! Love the impact WTB is having in that country. Can't wait to see all of you guys in a few months!!!

Steve Keyes
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Richard Whittington 09.01.2017 12:42  
To Him who is able... Yes No   Ephesians 3:16-20 (NKJV)
16 ...He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height--to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly...
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Cindy Chapman 09.01.2017 10:14  
Prayer Yes No   Praying that after such an arduous journey, you will be supernaturally strengthened and rested:
"He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power." Is. 40:29
May God be a shield around you both --warmest greetings
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Dave Kelly 09.01.2017 08:43  
Praying Yes No   It is a privilege to uphold you and Terry as you train trainers. We just started the Crucible series last night. Thank you for your international ministry.  
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Mark Washburn 09.01.2017 00:24  
Praying Yes No   Thrilled for God's continued blessing on the ministry!

Praying for strength and wisdom only He can provide.

Warmest blessings to you all in your adventure for the Kingdom!!L
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Ward 08.01.2017 21:11  
Praying Yes No   My heart is with you all. Please give my greeting to Sathyabal. I'll be praying for you all and for a beneficial time of ministry and sweet time of fellowship and refreshment for the team.

In His grace,
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Debbie Millette 08.01.2017 21:11  
Praying for you all Yes No   Praying God's blessings over you and His protection around you as you serve in India. May you return full of pure joy as you watch Him work in you and through you.  
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Terry Seamon 08.01.2017 19:34  
With you in prayer Yes No   Please tell brother Sathyabal I said hi! Would love to be with you on almost all your trips, but especially this one Phil!

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