India Trip

March 9-19 I had the privilege of speaking at a pastors/church planters conference as well as a youth conference in Dimapur, Nagaland, India. Pastor Tia Longkmer, Berean Baptist Church in Dimapur, invited me to be the keynote speaker at this event. Initially, we were debating about following through with the program due to COVID-19. However, God allowed it to proceed and it was a most blessed time of ministry and fellowship. There are many faithful servants engaging in Kingdom work in this part of the world. The northeastern region of India (consisting mainly of Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram) is a collection of states that operate somewhat independently of the central Indian government. They primarily follow their own laws and customs (for example, here it is not against the law to eat cows) and the central government tolerates them and vice-versa. It is also a very cosmopolitan area with many people from the surrounding nations of Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal intermingling. This area was first evangelized in the 1800's and many turned to Christ. However, since then, the people have returned to the traditional false worship of animism, spiritism, naturism, and Hinduism which pre-dated the initial gospel thrust. There is a great need for Bible training in this area and we are praying for God to make that possible.