Discipleship in India Apr3

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Discipleship in India

How am I bold in my faith?  

How does my faith make me stand out from the people & culture around me?

Am I seeking God?  Or seeking to be entertained?  Is simply God alone enough?  

Am I desperate for God, no matter the cost?  

These are some of the questions I am pondering as I return home from a 10-day adventure to India. It’s a place I never dreamed I’d go, or even really desired to experience, but God placed this opportunity before me and it was one I was honored to be a part of.  Our goal was simple, yet complicated at the same time. We were there to teach Christian women in India about discipleship. About gospel living. About how to do life together, growing in our faith. About mentoring.

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To fully understand the complexities of this mission, you need to understand a little bit about the local culture. Hinduism is the mainstream religion and as one of the girls that worked at the hotel told me – “you have to be Hindu, you don’t have a choice.”  This is the mentality of most people in India and it’s what the government wants of the people.  They want India to be a Hindu nation, so anything that challenges that is not welcomed.

Also, women are not valued in India.  They are often mistreated by their husbands and would not typically be considered a leader.  One of the women at our conference told us she never knew God saw her as worthy.  God is raising these women up, breaking through all the barriers the society has placed on them, and calling them out to go and make disciples.  Yet this is no small feat.  What an honor it was to speak over them, pray for them, and teach them about discipleship, building their confidence as they would soon be sent out to build mentoring type relationships and make disciples in their villages and in their homes.

There are three words that sum up the impact this trip had on me…

Boldness.

These women believe in the One true God, in Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, three persons in One, going against their culture and often their upbringing.  To say this is countercultural seems an understatement. Because of their faith, they are very likely to come across persecution and/or abandonment from close friends and family. While they may be accepted on some level for being​ a Christian themselves, they would never be accepted if found sharing their faith with others, with leading others to Christ.

Yet they boldly respond, accepting God and His Word, willing to risk all for His name’s sake.  As we wrapped up the conference, we challenged them to go make 8 disciples between now and June.  Every woman in attendance accepted this challenge, choosing to push through their fears, boldly trusting​ that God is with them and goes before them.

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Simplicity.

In America, we love to be entertained and we expect to be comfortable.  If these two things are absent, we aren’t happy.  But this was not what I observed in India.  We had the conference in a room half the size of what would’ve been most comfortable, considering how many women were there, with basic plastic chairs, no air conditioning, and no special effects or frills.  Simply a conference where we dug into who God is and gospel living/discipleship.  The talks were long (due to translation), the room was hot, and extras were minimal, yet these women hung on every word and would’ve sat there as long as we would’ve kept teaching them. Considering the simplicity and lack of comforts, I wondered how many would return the next day.  Yet much to my surprise, not only did they return, but we actually had more women on day two than on day one.

Often less is more.  Simple over complex.  And this was modeled to me in India.

Desperation.

The women we served in India were desperate.  Desperate in many ways, but I’m specifically referring to their desperation for God.  Their hunger for Him was unmistakable, their joy inconcealable, and their humility greatly impactful.  There is an urgency that we do not find much in America.  An urgency and desperation to give to others the great Hope that they have found.

We ended the conference with a call for prayer and every woman stayed to receive, fighting their way up to the front, desperate for prayer.  And similar to how they’d sit there all day listening to us teach, they would’ve stood there all day while we prayed over them.  It was humbling and touching to see women so eager and so desperate for God.

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Boldness, simplicity, desperation.  Three words that have opened my eyes to see and relate to God in a new way, and are allowing God to move in big ways in the hearts of the people in India.  Without them, people would stay oppressed and lost.  Yet through them, hope is found, lives are changed, and people are set free!

So I leave you with the same questions I am processing myself….

How are you bold in your faith?  

How does your faith make you stand out from the people & culture around you?

Are you seeking God?  Or seeking to be entertained?  Is simply God alone enough?  

Are you desperate for God, no matter the cost?  

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Screenshot 2016-06-20 at 11.52.45 AM - Edited
Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women
jeni@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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Discipleship in India Apr3

wordswag_1491184865878

Discipleship in India

How am I bold in my faith?  

How does my faith make me stand out from the people & culture around me?

Am I seeking God?  Or seeking to be entertained?  Is simply God alone enough?  

Am I desperate for God, no matter the cost?  

These are some of the questions I am pondering as I return home from a 10-day adventure to India. It’s a place I never dreamed I’d go, or even really desired to experience, but God placed this opportunity before me and it was one I was honored to be a part of.  Our goal was simple, yet complicated at the same time. We were there to teach Christian women in India about discipleship. About gospel living. About how to do life together, growing in our faith. About mentoring.

IMG_4360 - Edited

To fully understand the complexities of this mission, you need to understand a little bit about the local culture. Hinduism is the mainstream religion and as one of the girls that worked at the hotel told me – “you have to be Hindu, you don’t have a choice.”  This is the mentality of most people in India and it’s what the government wants of the people.  They want India to be a Hindu nation, so anything that challenges that is not welcomed.

Also, women are not valued in India.  They are often mistreated by their husbands and would not typically be considered a leader.  One of the women at our conference told us she never knew God saw her as worthy.  God is raising these women up, breaking through all the barriers the society has placed on them, and calling them out to go and make disciples.  Yet this is no small feat.  What an honor it was to speak over them, pray for them, and teach them about discipleship, building their confidence as they would soon be sent out to build mentoring type relationships and make disciples in their villages and in their homes.

There are three words that sum up the impact this trip had on me…

Boldness.

These women believe in the One true God, in Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, three persons in One, going against their culture and often their upbringing.  To say this is countercultural seems an understatement. Because of their faith, they are very likely to come across persecution and/or abandonment from close friends and family. While they may be accepted on some level for being​ a Christian themselves, they would never be accepted if found sharing their faith with others, with leading others to Christ.

Yet they boldly respond, accepting God and His Word, willing to risk all for His name’s sake.  As we wrapped up the conference, we challenged them to go make 8 disciples between now and June.  Every woman in attendance accepted this challenge, choosing to push through their fears, boldly trusting​ that God is with them and goes before them.

IMG_20170323_161056

Simplicity.

In America, we love to be entertained and we expect to be comfortable.  If these two things are absent, we aren’t happy.  But this was not what I observed in India.  We had the conference in a room half the size of what would’ve been most comfortable, considering how many women were there, with basic plastic chairs, no air conditioning, and no special effects or frills.  Simply a conference where we dug into who God is and gospel living/discipleship.  The talks were long (due to translation), the room was hot, and extras were minimal, yet these women hung on every word and would’ve sat there as long as we would’ve kept teaching them. Considering the simplicity and lack of comforts, I wondered how many would return the next day.  Yet much to my surprise, not only did they return, but we actually had more women on day two than on day one.

Often less is more.  Simple over complex.  And this was modeled to me in India.

Desperation.

The women we served in India were desperate.  Desperate in many ways, but I’m specifically referring to their desperation for God.  Their hunger for Him was unmistakable, their joy inconcealable, and their humility greatly impactful.  There is an urgency that we do not find much in America.  An urgency and desperation to give to others the great Hope that they have found.

We ended the conference with a call for prayer and every woman stayed to receive, fighting their way up to the front, desperate for prayer.  And similar to how they’d sit there all day listening to us teach, they would’ve stood there all day while we prayed over them.  It was humbling and touching to see women so eager and so desperate for God.

IMG_4393

Boldness, simplicity, desperation.  Three words that have opened my eyes to see and relate to God in a new way, and are allowing God to move in big ways in the hearts of the people in India.  Without them, people would stay oppressed and lost.  Yet through them, hope is found, lives are changed, and people are set free!

So I leave you with the same questions I am processing myself….

How are you bold in your faith?  

How does your faith make you stand out from the people & culture around you?

Are you seeking God?  Or seeking to be entertained?  Is simply God alone enough?  

Are you desperate for God, no matter the cost?  

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Screenshot 2016-06-20 at 11.52.45 AM - Edited
Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women
jeni@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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