It all started with 120 fresh and crisp $10 bills.
Back in July, members of Trinity Lutheran Church were each given a $10 bill to use as seed money on projects intended to raise funds for a very worthy cause. The goal was to multiply the seed money by a factor of 10, based on Jesus' Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30
Mission India is at the forefront of using simple yet innovative methods to reach the people of India with the good news of God's love through Jesus Christ. I saw firsthand the work of this wonderful organization during my journey to India back in February. Since western missionaries are no longer allowed in India, different ways of spreading the Word of God have to be employed. Mission India is doing it, and God is blessing their efforts!
Here's how they do it: they train and equip people who are already Christians in India to plant churches, run Children's Bible Clubs, and conduct Literacy Training in the impoverished villages of India. All they need to do this is funding, and this is where we came in.
Members of Trinity invented their own ways of raising money and came through spectacularly, actually raising over $5.5k! The type and variety of projects showed the many loves and talents of the people of Trinity. Projects ranged from offering garden produce for a freewill donation to giving simple 5-minute hand massages after church. Many sold homemade wares that proved to be very useful to those who bought them.
Trinity is excited to find out exactly how the money they raised will be used in India. We are anticipating receiving the profiles of the church planters who will be trained and sent out to tell the men, women, and children of India about the God who loves them with an everlasting love. These church planters will then become Trinity's very own missionaries. We will pray that the Holy Spirit will use them in ways beyond what we can think of ourselves!