An update from Dr. David Lewis, Executive Director of the WiseHeart Foundation, who is travelling to India and the Congo this week.
It has been a long trip thus far. After flying for two days, we reached our first stop in India. Last night I got to deliver the commencement address to the largest graduation class of pastors from the Bible College in the school's 17-year history. I was fortunate to be there in the beginning and to see the growth of the program - the quality and commitment of these men and women is awesome. God is doing a great work here for sure.
After the ceremony concluded I got a rare treat. Back in the 1990’s, I taught a mini-course each year at Bible school in the northern state of Rajasthan. Over a four year stretch, I had the privilege of teaching some of the same students year after year. Last night, following the commencement, three pastors around the country approached me with big smiles on their faces. I immediately recognized one of the men as a former student. I then realized that all of these men, now married with families and active in the ministry in India, were all part of those classes. The wife of the missionary I work closely beside in India was a member of the first class I taught. They all graduated together. When it was confirmed I would be coming to India, she let them know and they formed a mini-reunion with me, traveling hours to take part in the ceremony. They said they wanted to see me, visit with me, and thank me for being a part of their Christian walk. I was extremely humbled. What a small thing I had done years ago was still remembered as a milestone in their lives. You very seldom receive validation in your ministry that also confirms what you did was something God truly used. I am so thankful I got the chance to see these fine men of faith in a difficult ministry.
We covet your prayers as we continue the trip. Tomorrow we leave for Africa and the Congo. We will be visiting the future site of a planned home to help the victims of rape and other female violence as a result of the ongoing wars there. Please pray for the success and safety of this part of our work and may God bless the work we are attempting to do. If I have internet access, which is doubtful, I will post more. Just know we covet your prayerful support.