Dave is back from a week in India, spent with GYI leaders who are training youth workers around the globe, studying the rapid growth of the church in India.
I asked him to tell a little about his time there so here's my guest blogger for the day, sharing a few snapshots of his experience in India last week:
"I love all the forms of transportation! This is a three wheel taxi, and a youth group waiting to happen!"
"One day we headed on boats up a river to villages where the Gospel had not yet penetrated. The boat in the background belongs to a church planting movement that has planted 6000 churches in the last ten years, and reached over 100,000 people. We went with them to four villages where they're beginning new works."
"I always love a great adventure! Did Paul travel in one of these?"
"In the village where we landed, we interrupted school for some games with the children, and then shared stories about Jesus. A church will be planted in this village in the next couple of weeks, following up on our first contact."
"Life is tough for people who live in the slums of New Delhi, but they always seem to dress in such colorful, beautiful ways. These women live in a house not much bigger than a typical laundry room in the States."
"Another youth group waiting to happen!"
"This is our crew from JV - Terry from Slovenia, me, Mel from Czech, Dan from Poland, and Ben (thanks for the photo Ben!) from Ukraine. We are standing in front of the Baptist Missionary Society building, founded here in Calcutta by William Carey in 1828. For me, it was a moving experience to be at the place where modern missions began.
This was an incredible experience I will never forget, and now that my stomach is finally settled down, I'm beginning to process all we learned!"