Out of India
29 November 2010
A mini-'epistle' from Rigby and Sue on their time in India so far.
"Out of India" Part 1
To all our CGC brothers and sisters.
Sue and I arrived safely in Delhi
at 3am on Thursday and after a few hours sleep, I took the first 2 sessions
at the Leadership Conference attended by around 30 pastors and their
leaders. On the Friday Tony asked me to take another 2 sessions. You guessed
it, I spoke mainly on re-inventing the church around the gospel message and
mission. There seemed to be an unusual sense of spiritual hunger and very real sense
of God's grace and presence among us all.
It's always special seeing the
lives of people we have been involved in training over the last 20 years,
flourishing. One of the couples Chandra and Chumpa are now onto their third
church plant! Their kids too are a surprise package, making regular public
contributions that were both mature and very encouraging. We met a couple
from Orissa (where major persecution breaks out against Christians from time
to time) called Uttam and Rema. His great-grandfather was the first believer
3 generations back, who died praying for his persecutors as they shot arrows
into him! All of the children have come to faith and each generation has had
someone called to pastoral ministry. They have asked for CGC's prayers as
have many of the pastors who labour joyfully amidst trying circumstances and
Tony and I leave for Nagaland for a very intensive week
of training in 3 or 4 very remote regions where the locals very seldom see
any foreigners. It seems we are going to have some very interesting stories
to share on our return!
Until the next "Out of India", (if we have email!) we covet your prayers,
any prophetic encouragements you may want to send and assure you all of our
Thank you for your generosity in releasing Sue and I to a more
expansive service in Christ's global cause. Tony and Linda Johnson send
their love as do Josh and Asha and the Capitol City Church guys in Delhi. By
the way, some wonderful things are happening for them around their facility
needs. God has been very good to them.
Rigby and Sue
Below is a photo of the great grandson of the first Christian in Orissa. He died as
a martyr but his great grandson is now courageously leading a church in