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Monday, November 13, 2006

India Prayer letter

“Give me one pure and holy passion, to know and follow hard after you, oh God.”

Friends and family,

I have been captured! Not by men in masks or by the terror of a gun, but by the hearts and faces that are the people of India searching for hope. On my first trip to India in 2004, the Lord captured my heart for this amazing land of hurting people. The following year, I felt God calling me to go deeper and I spent an entire year captured - discovering and soaking up the beauty of this country and its people. What happened during that year in India is almost unexplainable, however, towards the end of that wonderful, humbling and eye-opening experience, I was beginning to feel useful, needed, and most of all - home.

“Home?” you say. “One year did that to you?” And my reply is a loud and excited, “YES!” There is something about India that owns me. There is something about India that I need in my life.

It has come upon the time of year where I will be returning to India during the winter with the Village team. We will leave the 24th of January and return, the 14th of February 2007. I have not lost the passion that was first ignited three years ago. The truth is, my passion for India grows more each and every day. My passion to see the youth of India worshiping the Creator of life with everything they have is still alive and burning.

I have many roles coming into this next India experience. First and foremost is that I will be joining with the Pastoral Training team. No, I am not a pastor, but I do have a few years experience with youth. I will be leading and teaching a few sessions on youth ministry and training of youth leaders.

Second, my mother is going on this trip. My father joined me on the last trip and now my mother will be experiencing India with me. I am excited for her to be coming to the land I love. My girlfriend is also joining with me on this trip. We are looking at a possible future of long term ministry in India.

So, there are many reasons to be on the team this year. And the truth is, I cannot do this with out you. I need your prayers. Please remember the team and each individual on the team. We will need your time and energy this year, more than any other year. We cannot do this without God in front and behind us. We NEED YOU!

I also cannot do this without your support. As a member of the team it costs $3,800 to be a part of this amazing experience. I am responsible for 1/3 of the cost. The rest of the funds are from your gracious and needed support. Please, this is a wonderful way to help make a difference in a hurting and suffering part of the world where God is getting a grip. Won’t you please help us continue to usher Christ into this country?

If you feel led to support me financially, please send your tax deductible cash or check donations to:

Marked Benjamin Christensen/India 2007
Remember all donations should be above your normal tithe offering. With your help we can make a difference in India this year!

Furthering the passion,
Benjamin Christensen

“All of life comes down to one thing, to know God and make Him known!”

If you have question or just want to talk, you can contact me at Switchfootdude@hotmail.com

2 Comments:

Anonymous Amber said...

hey...you included me in your letter. :o)

9:17 AM

 
Blogger Indiagirl said...

I hope to see you when you come! Already told K & L that I want to see you!! Hopefully I can! Steve is back again here!! It feels weird to have him here & not you! Ah well!! Life moves on!

12:36 AM

 

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