Jeff and Lou Ann
The Hawkins are returning to India in March. The purpose is to meet with Stephen and Prabhukiran to encourage them in their work. We will also sponsor and participate in two leadership conferences. The ministry in India continues to grow by the Grace of God as Hope Builders Ministries partners to equip, encourage and empower the indigenous church there. Leadership training and disciple making in the congregations is the focus. The strengthened and encouraged church is equipped to share the Gospel effectively and better able to take care of the needs of their poor. Hope Builders Dignity Projects partner with the churches in this as well.
You can help Jeff and Lou Ann on this mission by praying and giving and sharing with your friends. Be an Advocate for the Work in India. Thank you!
Sharing in Narispatnam
On Thursday Jeff will return to Visakhapatnam, India arriving Saturday morning Indian time, Friday night US time.
Pray for safety in travels, both on the way and while there. Many miles will be covered driving from one location to another.
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The pastors are praying that Bibles will be provided to them for the conferences. If you would like to share the Word of God with them you can DONATE online or mail gifts to: Hope Builders Ministries, P.O.Box 317, Greenwood, VA 22943 Designate: HIMIndia
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Steven Slater (RT) with HBMZ team and Zambian couple.
Pastor Steven Slater joined HBMZambia this year in Livingstone for an evangelism/disciple-making outreach. The following is his experience and reflections on the week. Enjoy.
What is it like to be sent by God to share the gospel with in a culture that is entirely different from the one from which you came?
It is intimidating. You ask yourself, how will the people in Zambia respond. Will I explain the Word well enough to be understood? Can my being here make any difference at all? But God truly went before us. He prepared hearts to receive the Word so that many souls turned to Christ for salvation. He led us to people who were already believers but needed encouragement to persevere in the faith and grow in grace. It was all God’s work who reminded me daily from Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
This week was also eye-opening. We weren’t the only Christians in Zecco compound. The Lord’s remnant was there, alive and well, yet struggling and wrestling against false teachings, temptations and discouragements just like Christians do everywhere. I understood this week that God’s Kingdom is global and united by His Spirit to do battle against a vicious foe who is already conquered. We are all united in the fight against satan and in the proclamation of the Good News. This week was a time of mutual encouragement. We sought to be a blessing and in return, we were wonderfully blessed as well.
And the outreach this week was also life-changing. Its impossible to return to America and not allow what happened here in Livingstone to not change my heart. All I can say to the Lord is “Thank you for this experience, but now, what do you want me to do in my life because of it?” This week I truly experienced the heart of God for the poor, the outcasts and the rejected of this world. I felt the love of Christ toward those of whom He said, “in as much as you have done it for the least of these, my brothers, you have done it for Me.”
Pastor Steven J. Slater