"KINGDOM HARVEST of
Gospel On Wheels...
July & August 2007
Below you will find a journal
of harvesting by the team in India.
The project grew out of a
need to obey Luke 14:24, "And the Master said to the servant go to the highway and
along the hedges and compel them to come in that my house may be filled."
GOSPEL ON WHEELS offered the opportunity to ride in
a pack safely with these purposes:
1. Evangelism Primarily: Sharing the Gospel among the unreached, Visiting Church Planters, and
Fellowshipping with ministries on the planned driving routes.
2. Running for the Son: Masters last Words, our first Concern Go, ye into all
the world and make disciples.
3. Equipping: Equipping Type 1 (Grass Root), Type 2 (Pastors/Evangelists/Laymens)
to be active people to mobilize local Churches for evangelism.
4. A servant's Attitude: Leaving the soft cushion to be with them in forefront, living in their
culture and struggles (I.e., Here we are, if you need us).
5. Quality Products: Using products that aid in evangelistic outreach; culturally effective
talk, food, language and living among the people.
Senior Pastor,wife, 2 children, Sister A., Pastor 2, and
July to 15th August 2007
Planning began in May 2007; making calls, mailing,
route planning, distances, knowing the need, people, culture but not forgotten to pray.
Getting the team ready for the great event was
exciting. This was going to be a bigger challenge that is being attempted from the past
The Maruti 800cc motorcar the 17yrs old went for a
better checkup at the garage. It needed much attention since it was going for a big
mileage. At the garage the mechanic wondered how was running the car, because one side the
engine had no support. Due to battery water leakage, it had rusted and the major support
had fallen apart. (In India everything can be repaired, the engine support was given.
Secondly, car-tyre rims were in bad shape, so I requested the garage owner for directions
to get new rims. The owner was moved in his spirit said, Pastor, how you can ask me
this question, when I want to give you 5 new rims from my garage free of cost. (This
owner is not a Christian but a strong Hindu BUT God worked in his heart for a miracle for
us). Much to be thanked for to what God did thru this incidence. Mighty miracle
happened miles and miles away in the other part of the world, when a sister was willing to
obey the Lord to provide a best vehicle for the ministry. Yes! A brand new, top version,
business class was given for Gospel on Wheels trip. We give the entire honor and glory to
Him. Gospel on Wheels hits the road on 14th of July 2007, starting from Jaipur,
Rajasthan, India. This brief given report is only to encourage praying people and to
testify the goodness, faithfulness of Lord Jesus Christ in Missions.
14th July 2007 NEEMUCH, Madhya Pradesh: An evening gospel meeting was arranged by all the evangelical and
Pentecostal Churches to witness the gospel in the area. A wonderful time of praise,
worship and sharing of Gods Word brought 4 people to the Kingdom. A group of 130
people was gathered, including Pastors and believers.
15th July 2007 Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh: Sunday Service at Beersheba Church. Worship, singing and sharing of the
Word led many to repentance and re-uniting with the Lord Jesus Christ. Beautiful people
from different cultures, people groups had gathered to worship. After the meeting on the
way to Pastors house, a poor lady with her child who had joined the meeting was
dropped home. On the way she gave her testimony, how things were and how they made their
living. Both husband and wife worked on the construction site as laborers. They hardly
could earn much to support their family. She was the only member from the family who had
accepted the Lord. She was facing many problems from her husband regarding her faith in
Christ. She had to run back home every week to skip problem she received from her husband.
Praise God, giving her a lift and making her reach home early that day, skipped many
problems of the day.
15th July 2007 Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh: An evening meeting was arranged at Ratlam but we reached late due to bad
roads. Ministry to 29 orphans children (age 5 to 13 yrs.) These children with staff
listened so patiently, especially when we were sharing about Holy Spirit that He is always
with us, and wants to live with us. These children being crushed in their spirits, they
found the comfort in the Lord, and few children earnestly prayed for Holy Spirit to guide
and live in them. One among them one cried with tears to receive Him in his life. After
spending time with children, spending time with the staff at the dinner table was
wonderful. We sat with Gods Word till late mid night 1.30 a.m.
(Ministry is not about convenience but inconvenience): In the whole trip the worst bad
roads hit by us was from Neemuch to Ratlam and then to Ujjain 335 km real washed away
roads due to heavy rains and floods. The maximum speed was 10 to 15 km/hr. This new car
had its best road tests not even the company might not have tested. We saw many vehicles
broken down due to these roads, but Praise God we made thru.
16th July Nasik,
Maharastra: Due to bad roads we were not able to reach
the 6 p.m. meeting at Nasik. Instead of reaching at 6 p.m., we reached mid night 12:15
a.m. Yet there were 8 mission leaders who were praying for our safe arrival.
I will never leave thee nor forsake thee After crossing
city Dhule of Maharastra, suddenly in the middle of the night, two men pulled us on their
bike. They asked us to come out and to show the car papers. Holy Spirit showed us some
wrong about these men. We decided not to get out of the car. We locked the
car from inside, and thru the window asked them to show their identity. They said,
we are police. We still we sat inside the car, when they saw us that we were
asking their identities, they asked us to GO. After our arrival at our destination we
shared this story with Pastors, they were amazed and said, It is a communist
terrorist area and surprisingly they asked you to go, Amazing! We praise God for His
His wisdom in that very hour. After a good meal, we sat together with Pastors. A
notable time, 12:30 am to 5:30 am, Lord we are here! Whole night we spent praise/worship
and around His Word, His visitation empowered us. After taking a 3.5-hrs rest we were on
the road for Pune.
18th July 2007 Pune, Maharastra: The Kingdom Destiny Church had arranged a gospel cum revival meeting on
the outer north part of Pune. Mighty outpouring of His power and strength, The Holy Spirit
touched many sick and unsaved people. Among the 65, 2 people gave their lives to the Lord.
Though the meeting finished, still people were sitting under the heavy anointing.
19th July 2007 Pune, Maharastra: Morning was spent with Pune city Pastors, knowing their struggles, style
of ministering, and other informations. After knowing about Pastor P. S. who was
recently beaten up badly, we felt in our heart to spend time with him. But everyone
advised us not to visit that place being situation not yet settled. We had nearly given up
the plan. We spent time prayer and intercession for Pune. We had to meet Brother S. at
Phimpri, while driving thru suddenly we saw Pastor P. S.s Church. Holy Spirit in
busy traffic took our eyes straight to His Church information board, we stopped at His
church, but the church people did not give us any access to see pastor, due the existing
situations. Still we left our phone nos. for pastors.
His working overrides our
understanding Reason why we were in that area was because of a diving
appointment that happened in our last visit in Pune. At mid night while we were sharing
the gospel with auto drivers, a young boy of 22yrs passed thru us, with tears in his eyes
said to us, Ask this Jesus to help me today and started walking away. We
stopped him and asked him his problem. He said, He had run away from his house to
commit suicide. Reasons were, he had lost his beauty, his face had turned dark
black, and he had lost his 12 grade exams. We took him to our hotel and spend time with
Him. Though he was a believer, but had lost all his hope. Then we took his house number
and called his parents. On the other end, every one was crying and praying for this man.
We told them, not to worry, God has given your child into safe hands, and we are bringing
him back to you. At midnight 2:30 am we drove in a taxi for an hour to reach his home and
gave this young man to them. To our surprise, nearly 30-40 people had gathered, and we had
a wonderful time of witness, and time of rejoicing with the family.
While we were again in Pune, we wanted to see this
family. God will make a way, where there seems to be no way. Since last time
we had come at mid night, we had no clue of S.s house. We neither had any address
nor had made any contact regarding our coming. By faith we went, after reaching to his
nearest location. We asked about S. everyone said, which S.? Well, we were in nowhere to
guess our way. After making little efforts at last somebody gave us some identification.
Here we were at his house, and everybody was surprised to receive us. Soon about 50 to 60
people came together. The Lord visited us in an amazing way.
20th July 2007, Pune, Maharastra: PHONE RINGS About 10 am in the
morning while we were preparing to move to next city, call came from Pastor Peter S.
requesting to pay visit. We spent some good hours encouraging, upholding this brother in
prayer. This breakthrough opened more opportunities for future missions. Praise God
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21st July 2007
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect weakness." It was 17 hours drive from Pune to Kurnool.
Never before, I had driven for so long.
22nd July2007, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh:
different Picture Sunday Service: The
church was truly prepared to give us a hearty welcome. Children dressed in their customary
dresses beautifully decorated themselves. Every neighbor, known and unknown person was
invited to that service. The church had no place to sit, even on a bright hot day, people
sat outside too to listen to Gods Word, around 210 people were present. Indeed,
visiting this Church was an amazing experience. Believers were from the weaker section of
the society, even their Church was constructed with wood and thatch (Grass), yet their
hearts loved the Lord so very much. Much love and appreciation from everyone delighted our
22nd July 2007, Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh:
Zion Church along with other churches had organized a gospel meeting
in the evening. The meetings happened in the heart of Muslim community area; many of them
had the opportunity to listen to the gospel of Lord Jesus Christ. Students, Pastors,
evangelists and others had come together, around 220 people were gathered.
23rd July 2007, Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh:
Two different churches came together purely telgue speaking people,
very simple but thirsty for God. Soon after the meeting we met 9 orphan children.
Sharing time, our eatables with them, brought warmth
of Christian love. Our hands around then blessed and gave them much confidence to trust
24th July 2007, Bellary, Andhra Pradesh:
The most beautiful run into the interior villages was great
fun. Deep into the country, suddenly around 250 believers had come together for fellowship
from near by villages. They sang beautiful, meaningful songs in telgue. When we began the
meeting it was a bright sunny day, by the end of the meeting the sky turned into black
cloudy night. Many repented, and many recommitted their lives to follow Christ faithfully.
By the time the meeting ended, God poured blessed heavy rains for which the people and the
farmers had been waiting for long.
What is our response? The roof of the
Church was a steel sheet, big droplets sounded loud drums, at the same time Holy Spirit
filled everyone in response.
26th July 2007, Daggupadu, Andhra
Pradesh: To reach Daggupadu we had to take those roads
which were three weeks back under flood waters. While driving we could see the devastation
done by huge floods. We had to cross-country from west to east to coastal regions of
Andhra Pradesh. To reach Daggupadu in time was a challenge.
to 28th July 2007, Daggupadu, Andhra Pradesh: The evenings open-air
meetings were arranged by Lutheran Churches. In the first two meetings we could see not
much happening. We sought the Lord much to those situations, because we felt that we are
plowing hard grounds.
On the 28th night, the meeting started at 8
p.m. and had to finish by 10 p.m. From the beginning of the
in singing we saw God is going to do a mighty work. Holy Spirit came in a mighty way, fire
from heaven came, people were loosed of their spirits, being touched as never being
touched, and speaking in tongues, dancing, jumping, leaping with joy came, The Mighty One
was at work. Both pastor & his wife were wondered what is going on.
Many with physical ailments got healed. Seeing this
happen, pastors wife too rose up to receive here heeling. The meeting got finished
by 1.30 a.m. mid-night. People did still not want to go home. That night became a
remarkable light in the life of the 120 years old Lutheran Church. The imitative work
began as my parents came back to worship with them after 30 years. The cold hearts became
passionate for his glory.
29th July 2007, Chirala, Andhra Pradesh: Special Note: 29th
being Sunday we had to reach Chirala by 11 am for service. When we had packed our gear,
the car did not start. We wondered whats wrong! We figured that car was not
responding to remote system or keyless entry. Being in deep countryside, we had no help to
ask for. We called up the car dealer at Rajasthan seeking help. Being Sunday not much
could be expected; still we spoke to the breakdown department. Soon they connected us to
Andhra Pradesh breakdown department. Soon they asked us our location, and further the call
was passed on to the nearest dealer, which was 170 km away. Fortunately, we received a
call from that center too. The answer was break-down team will reach you soon, may
be by 4 hours
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time. This was a time of
testing. Being Sunday we thought they will never turn-up, but here were they by 4 pm
evening. They had the right instruments with them, they soon figured the problem, and car
was running. Someone tried to fiddle with the car last night, and the engine had gone into
After we had fixed the problem we hit the road to
reach the evening crusade. Much the people had arranged to receive us. Ministry of the
Word brought faith into action. A paralyzed man made stood up to receive his healing.
30th July 2007, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh:
An open-air street meeting was arranged. People flooded from all
corners to hear Gods word. Nearly 350 gathered in dark night on the street. Massive
sound system, great singing and ministry of the Word led people to accept Christ in their
lives. Cloths and blankets were distributed to the widows and poor.
Though we had to travel next day, we felt in our
hearts to stay on to have another meeting in another part of the town. An unplanned
meeting, but the Holy Spirit was at work. Soon Pastors over night arranged a street
meeting in a village.
31st July 2007, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh:
The street meeting arranged overnight, right from the begging Holy
Ghost started ministering. The spirit filled singing, brought the anointing, people
started dancing, jumping, and speaking in tongues. Ministry of the Word conformed, why He
wanted us to stay on. The village where the meeting was arranged, there was no Church,
fellowship through this meeting many pastors adopted that area for evangelism.
1st August 2007, Kakinada, Andhra
Pradesh: An advocate by profession had arranged an
opportunity to meet city pastors followed by an open meeting in the
city. People from different
Churches had come together to fellowship. 20 young men who had come had recently come to
know the Lord. 5 new people gave their lives to Christ. Many among them recommitted to
walk in Kingdom mentality.
2nd August 2007,
Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh:
A city known for biggest ship
yard and ship making, attracting tourist for its wonderful sea beaches, and above all city
filled with people who know the Lord. Was an amazing time to see good number of churches,
at every corner of the street there was a church, people given to prayer, evangelism, a
city much involved in missions. After long time I was glad to meet my old friend Pastor
210 youth from different Churches had gathered to
fellowship in the evening session. Many youth involved in gospel music, evangelism, event
organizing, leading worship in fellowships, social work, a challenge from Gods Word
was received by them all, and Holy Spirit ministered personally to evaluate they way the
worked. Many youths gave their lives to Christ & received an in filling of the Holy
3rd August 2007, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh: After driving for an hour and a half through thick mountain forest, away
from city & much different from other places. While we drove through, we saw people
half naked, even the women. We wondered why, but then after reaching the pastors
place we came to know that we are in the tribal peoples zone.
Poor, simple, not much educated, culturally very
different, no writing script for their language, much different from places we had gone so
far. The gospel had touched many tribal people;
even at the meeting many women
who had turned up were half-naked. Pastor K. too came to know Lord Jesus Christ from these
tribal. He was educated, had been to theological college, spoke good English, and
translated for us. Rather taking up a better people group came back after his good studies
to reach his community for Christ.
God loves a cheerful giver These
poor tribal people brought as per their ability to offer gifts from their earnings; some
hand full of rice, some one or two coconuts, some brought eggs, bananas etc. This region
was the most touching to our hearts. While we drove thru that region, we saw someone lying
by the roadside as though dead. We had already crossed the corpse but suddenly we stopped
and reversed. A lady, half-naked totally hurt and wounded was lying there. She suddenly
she rose up having a big stone in her hands as she heard our car reverse sound. We saw her
wounds; she had cut her hairs by striking two stones, spoke very little, we asked her not
to sleep on the road, some vehicle would run over her. We offered her some good money, but
she refused to receive any. Instead said, I need only one rupee not that much.
We saw her honest!
At Pastors house, we were offered food. While eating
suddenly both my wife and me found white worm cooked with rice in our plates. I found
three in my rice and two in my wifes. Now we could not say no to their food. I said
to my wife, We have prayed for the food, lets eat it. We removed the
worms which we could spot, rest by faith we took in their honored food. Later when at the
meeting saw these poor tribal people brining rice from their house, could realize their
involvement & sacrifice to feed us. Praise God, we had the food with out vomiting.
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|4th August 2007, Vijanagram, Andhra
Pradesh: An evening meeting with the entire city pastors
coming together was a wonderful experience. Nearly 45 Pastors attended the meetings.
Speaking on the Kingdom Perspective and mentality, everyone was encouraged. Many women and
children were part of the meeting. An open street was taken up to conduct the meeting. A
loud speaker was installed on a tree; the sound waves reached long distances as we
preached. Nearly 120 people gathered for the meeting.
5th August 2007 Jagadalpur, Chattisgarh: From Vijayanagram to Jagadalpur was one of our best roads; natural
beauty of God's creation we could see. Driving through beautiful lust green valleys,
riverbeds and mountain curved roads. What we feared about floods, were not before us.
River water rising and we wanted to reach our safe destination in time. Been traveling
since morning, was getting dark by the time we reached Jaypore in Chattisgarg. Two places,
trees were uprooted and fallen on roads blocking traffic. By God's grace we cleared our
way to continue our journey. Though it was hot summers, this was the
we felt the cold weather. Since it was getting little dark, we stooped over night at
Jaypore hotel. Next morning, in daylight we could see the devastation done by rains and
floods. We were not in Orissa State. After reaching Jagadalpur, we saw much of the city
under water. Roads being washed away. We were not prepared to face such conditions, since
we had already seen water around the city. We had the evening time with Pastors and
believers in a small mud hut Church. God's blessings were poured out, many young men
committed their lives to serve the Lord. Nearly 55 people had gathered. The Pastor who had
arranged the meeting was stuck in a flood situation and was stranded overnight in the
fields, mobile battery too got finished, so no one was able to get in touch with him.
Early morning he managed to come and see us at the hotel.
6th August Bhilai, Chattisgarh: Next morning while we were about to leave towards Bhilai, we got the news
that a bridge is having river water run over it and it is not possible to use the road. By
afternoon we got a clearance that traffic is now running and we
got our journey towards Bhilai.
While driving thru, we saw on both sides all water, miles and miles of water into the
fields. When about to enter city Bhilai, two major rivers were flowing over the bridge,
and all the traffic was stopped. Much traffic was routed other way around, so we too
followed the same track. It was amazing how big bused made their way in small passages to
reach Bhilai. Praise God we were able to enter into the city through small villages and
The evening was spent at a believer's house having
neighbors invited for a get together. That night, a lady who grew up in a Christian family
gave her life to Christ for the first time.
Later, having seen the situation, we cancelled our
further trip to north, since these places were already in water (Varanasi, Mau etc)
We praise God for His protection at the same time to
lead us in making the right decision. Later we heard many stories of cities completely
under water. This brief report friend is to update and thank everyone for interceding for
us. Do continue to Pray for us.