(Pr Ajit and Anita are our missions partners, over the years their family have become fast friends of New Lifers who have made mission trips to Punjab, India. Their younger son, Ankit, has preached for us on Nov 10, 2018)
As proud parents of Ankit who had recently graduated with a Masters, how has it encouraged you?
He has encouraged us a lot because he has learned many new things and experiences here so we are very glad.
Many of us have never been to India. Would you mind sharing a little about your ministry in Punjab with us?
In Punjab, we have a few very good friends pastoring in different places in the villages. We are working together and they are very good people. All of them have very small churches in different places but everyone is very faithful. They are dedicating their lives to Jesus and following Jesus in a very good way. We are very happy with that.
We want people to visit and encourage us because we need the training and the encouragement. We are not trained pastors and the church needs teaching and we need godly people to come and bless us with teaching, to stand with us and pray for us because without that, we cannot do His work.
What are some past challenging blocks that you’ve faced?
One of the main things about Punjab ministries is that we have been told by many godly people that Punjab is a land of rocks, spiritually but we have also seen some seeds fallen onto good land as well. We believe that God can change the whole land of Punjab to a good land so we need more prayers for Punjab. I myself am also a very hard-hearted person, I cannot shed much tears. But in my dreams so many times, I have shed tears. In my dreams, I said, “Oh, I finally learned how to pray!” I think God wants us to pray in tears for Punjab so that it can be a land with good soil where seeds can be sown and grow thirty, sixty and hundred times.
How has New Life been of help to you and your ministry?
New Life has been helping us and visiting us. Every visit has been of great encouragement to us because we feel like we are nobody but when New Life comes; they make us feel like we are somebody. We are very happy. New Life has also been supporting us and standing with us. Our pastors are very thankfulNew Life has been supporting us, it has been of good help to the churches in Punjab.
In which area can New Life partner with you in prayer?
Please pray for the young people because we see a lot of them in churches especially our church. We see that they have the potential. Our dream is to have young boys and girls in schools and colleges filled with the Holy Spirit and living a holy life in front of others. Even men and women working in their jobs should be Holy Spirit filled.
We are also encouraging every church to divide into groups of two or three people so that they can gather together to pray for Punjab, for North India, for India and even for the election coming in 2019 – for the new government so that they will not damage India and the freedom we now have to go have meetings and ministry work, that this freedom should remain. We have been praying for that and hope that more people will rise up and pray. Punjab is becoming more and more busy, city-like; they have to work from morning till late in the evening so everyone hardly has time for bible studies, hardly have time to gather and pray. So that is why we have been encouraging them that in their own family before going to work or after work to come sit together and pray.
Also, India is a very rich country and there are many rich people because they can build many Hindu temples and other temples. But in our Christian community, we are still very far behind and we have been praying for God to raise up Indians who can give and support us in Punjab as well.