The purpose of this visit was to raise awareness among Indian Christians of the prophetic significance of Israel and to teach the foundational position of Israel in their understanding of God’s kingdom.
Thank you for your prayers during my recent ministry visit to India. The organizers of my visit were Pastor Abe Oommen and his wife, Deepa. He is the pastor of Exodus Church in Kochi (Cochin) and she is the head of Operation Exodus in India. Operation Exodus works to contact Jewish people and assist them to make “aliyah” that is, return as immigrants to Israel. The purpose of this visit was to raise awareness among Indian Christians of the prophetic significance of Israel and to teach the foundational position of Israel in their understanding of God’s kingdom.
We traveled to five cities and in each city conducted meetings in public auditoriums for local pastors, marketplace leaders and other believers. In two or three cities I also spoke in church services to youth and adults. All the meetings were well attended and the organizers were pleased with the high percentage of pastors and other leaders who came to listen. The meetings in public auditoriums ranged from 600 to almost 1000 people and in each place a local worship team ministered and local leaders welcomed the people and prayed.
The message I brought was one of transformation through the gospel of the kingdom that results in more than just church growth but impacts society and culture. India appears ready for this message. Everyone in the country it seems believes the culture must change. Less than a month before I arrived, a young woman was gang-raped and beaten on a bus in Delhi. Her death from injuries sustained in the brutal attack and subsequent police negligence sparked massive demonstrations all over India. India as a nation is modernizing rapidly and the Indian people I met are fed up with the level of corruption and criminality in their society; they long for change.
As a result of this visit I feel called to return to India in the coming year and look forward to working with Christian marketplace groups as well as pastors and churches. There is strong interest among Christians in Israel and we expect a growing number of Indian participants in our semi-annual Mt. Carmel School of Ministry (www.mountcarmelsom.com).