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Outreach in India: A Youth Ministry Testimony

I was privileged to accompany 70 high school students (including two of my own kids) and leaders to Bangalore, India for two weeks. In a nation of roughly 1.25 billion people, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the chaos of the masses and the daunting charge of sharing the Gospel with them. However, God reminded that He sees each person as a unique individual.

Our teenagers spent their mornings engaging in worship and receiving practical equipping for sharing the Gospel in the most unreached nation in the world. They spent their afternoons meeting people on the streets, in the parks, at the shopping centers and in schools. Their focus was to help each individual they met to move one step closer to knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

In the evenings our small outreach teams met to rejoice over every “win” from the day. Sometimes the “wins” would be seeing an individual confessing Jesus as their Lord and Savior or one of our students sharing the Gospel for the first time. I remember a student being overcome with excitement as he told us about praying with a handful of boys at the park to receive Jesus into their lives. One of our girls, whose family had served many years on the mission field, was overcome with joy after sharing the whole Gospel for the first time by herself and praying with the individual to receive Christ. Some of our girls were moved by their experience of feeding a group of street children and singing with them. Many of our students also witnessed various kinds of healings. We had so much to celebrate each day!

Near the end of our trip some of our outreach teams had the opportunity to visit an orphanage while others visited a home for the destitute and dying. My team visited the latter and was stirred with compassion. We learned that despite the language barrier, God’s love could be communicated through holding a hand or giving a hug. Many of these people were handicapped and/or elderly and had no family to care for them. They enjoyed be held and cared for by others. One lady with a contorted body was unable to speak to me, but she took my hand, placed it on her head and closed her eyes waiting for prayer.

I was so moved to recognize that although the body may be crippled and the mind may be failing, the spirit is still intact and longing for its Creator.

I’m so thankful for our youth leadership team for giving students the opportunity to invest in God’s kingdom on another side of the world. This trip had a great impact on my own teenagers’ lives and I was blessed to experience it with them!

By Carla Huggins

Summer Update – A Letter from Jimmy

“Do not say, yet four months and then comes the harvest. Behold, the harvest is now” (John 4:35).

It’s been a great few weeks of travel around the movement, getting to see God at work and calling us to believe Him for even more. I want to take you through my travels, give you insight into them and let you know we are all a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Tijuana, Mexico – I had the privilege of speaking to three of our  Antioch churches from Fort Collins, Ann Arbor and Wheaton, as they had gathered for their family mission trips in Tijuana. You would think when three different churches come together, it would be something like distant cousins at a family reunion. But it seemed like one church meeting together, and because of their common values and heart for Jesus it felt like home. We also had the privilege of going out to parks to preach the Gospel and see people encounter the power and presence of God. These are the things we not only love to do, but these are the things we signed up for. These are the things that make us Antioch.

L: Games are played with the residents of Tijuana, R: Students share the Gospel in Tijuana

L: A carnival held to meet new people. R: Sharing the Gospel with people on the beach in Tijuana

Next stop was San Diego, California. We had a board meeting with our San Diego church plant, All People’s Church, which is now five years old. They are continuing to see a harvest, with people being saved each week and the church being established and strengthened in God. Their training school is growing. They are sending out both short and long term workers around the world. More than anything, it’s always a joy to be with friends and to realize once again that Antioch is not only built on a common mission, but on committed relationships.

SE Asia – Antioch Waco had 52 students from our youth group and 18 adults in SE Asia on a short-term mission trip. These students had a life-changing experience encountering God personally, working together as a team practically, hearing the Gospel preached and seeing the sick healed. I am so proud of our youth pastors, Blake and Leigh Foster, and their team.

L: Youth in a school in India, R: Students traveling together by bus in the city

The reason Laura and I were in SE Asia was to be a part of our international strategy team meetings. This group serves our movement and our international work. They were great days of re-clarifying what God has called us to do and making the necessary adjustments so we can see Matthew 24:14 fulfilled in our lifetime.

The youth team with their leaders, Blake and Leigh Foster

I am so encouraged by the leadership of Jonathan, our Field Director, and his wife Nicole. They continue to lead with tremendous wisdom and compassion. I came out of those meetings realizing once again that we have the best possible team in the world to lead and oversee our people around the world. I could not be more encouraged as we look forward as a movement to impacting the world.

I wanted to update you on a few of my travels, and let you know a little bit of what’s going on so you know we are all a part of something bigger than ourselves.

I want to leave you again with a promise God spoke to us 23 years ago:

“Enlarge the place of your tent; stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your pegs. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations And will resettle the desolate cities” (Isaiah 54:2-3).

In His strength and love,