India Trip 2019

Delhi is just recovering from a cold winter, a brutal season of pollution, and a time of increased tension with neighbouring Pakistan. With a population of 1.3 billion, and a population of Indian Christians equal to the entire population of Australia, India is a place of need.

I am currently on a two-week visit to India, to meet with, walk alongside and experience the local church community in India. 

Reforming Church is a congregation focused on making disciple-makers in Bendigo, and beyond. In India, we are considering how we might partner with our denomination, the Presbyterian Church of Australia, and their partner church, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of India to strengthen pastors, lay leaders and seminarians in their own outreach.

It has been such a privilege to visit, walk alongside, and encourage our partners in India. Christianity is a small community in India (particularly in the north), and there is a significant need for further strengthening, coaching and mentoring ministers and lay-leaders within their denominations. 

And as a community in Bendigo – we’re excited! We’re excited by God’s hand and providence in leading our church community to explore how we can care for our brothers and sisters in India. Particularly, we are grateful to God for the opportunity to explore how one small church and regional presbytery from central Victoria might partner with churches in India, a nation with such tremendous need. We pray that He who began a good work in India, and in Bendigo, will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:3-6).

Russ