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15May/140

My Upcoming India Trip

I recently shared the news that I am going to India via snail mail with friends and family...here's the update, if you haven't see it yet:

India women listen during a Christian prayer service on a village rooftop.

Dear Friends,

I have been invited to be a part of the new partnership team in our church that is traveling to help start churches in India this fall, and I need your help to make it happen. Please help us build this amazing partnership in Punjab!

Men and women from Ft. Campbell deploy and spend months serving in difficult living conditions away from their families in order to protect our country. They respond with great enthusiasm to the packages that are sent to them from around the world. Imagine how that same kind of gift is received by a worker who has spent months working in similar conditions, away from their family, to support their wife and children. If you can imagine that, you can understand how our friends at the "For All Mankind" movement are changing the world, and how we are involved with them.

On August 2-9, 2014 we are sending two Compassion Kit outreach team to districts of Punjab, India. The impact can be tremendous. Punjab has 36,004,423 people less than 1% of which are Christians. I am joining the August team and will personally experience this church planting movement among a people without access to Bibles and the knowledge of Jesus. I’ll be sharing Bible stories along with my testimony as we distribute kits and help a local pastor build a church among some of the villages. I personally want to see the new churches as they develop, and I want to be challenged by the faith of these young pastors as they pray, teach, and disciple others in their own unique culture—I believe that will transform me and improve how I pastor our church in Clarksville.

God is calling me to have a heart for the world—so much so that I get involved! I want to ask that you will do the same! India is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the democracy with the most people in the world. It’s a place that needs the good news of Jesus more than any other—and I want to help the local people build churches that can share that good news with prayer, encouragement and support. I want to see the beliefs that shaped our country into a place of justice, opportunity, and security, reshape theirs too.

Do me a HUGE favor, and pray hard about whether you can support this initiative by helping send me and Compassion Kits to Punjab in August, or anytime beyond. Visit their website at www.compassionkits.com and watch the videos. See if God will give you a heart for India too. And if you can, please consider helping me raise the $3,000 for my part of the partnership by contributing $100, $250, or $500 toward the August initiative by writing a check to oneChurch and sending it to me. (1620 Gratton Rd, Clarksville, TN 37043)

If you get a chance to call me or meet face to face, I’d love to talk more about my journey and what I am learning as I take this incredible journey. Its hard to know who to talk about this with personally, but if you’ll let me know you’re interested, we will connect heart-to-heart about this. And if your church wants to get involved, there’s opportunity for that too!

In Christ,

 

Patrick Fowler

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