Connor H. is working with a group of HeartCry missionaries in a very unreached part of North India. His ministry involves church planting and leadership training.
Dear Saints in Christ: I pray that you are near the Son of God, trusting in Him, and growing into His likeness day by day. Our journey is so short, and each day given to us is an opportunity to know and become more and more like Him. My prayer for you is that you would strive by His Spirit in this journey to Christlikeness.
I’m writing to you from North India, and it’s likely that you’re reading this from America. While I am your brother in Christ, in one sense of the word I’m a stranger to you. We may never meet face to face, and depending on how this letter is published, you may not even know my name. But the incredible thing is that through your earnest prayers and sacrificial giving we have become “fellow workers for the truth” (III John 5-6). You and I are partners in one of the greatest endeavors—the spreading of His great name among the nations. And for your partnership I am exceedingly grateful.
I want to use this short letter to thank you, and to share one way that your prayers and giving have helped us in this last year.
Over one year ago I moved to North India with my family for the purpose of establishing biblical churches. My involvement is two-fold: the direct planting of a church with a small team of indigenous brothers, and the training of men around North India who are already pastoring or planting churches.
For both of these tasks, the ability to speak Hindi is vital. Paul says, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Could we not also say, “And how are they to preach without knowing the language?” Apart from a miracle like we see in Acts 2, I need to learn Hindi in order to evangelize, disciple believers, and train men. Therefore my first two and a half years are being given primarily to learning this new language. And it is this very thing that I am being enabled to do.
Recently I was in the city, and in far-from-perfect Hindi I was able to share the gospel with about ten Muslims that were gathered together. We talked for about fifteen minutes, and I felt freedom and help from God to communicate various vital, yet simple, truths about Christ’s life, His death for the sins of men, His resurrection, and the need for us to respond with repentance and faith. Afterwards, on my way home, in addition to praying for the gospel to take root by the Spirit, I was praising and thanking God that I was able to communicate the greatest of messages in Hindi to a people who have probably never heard. What a privilege! I’m eager for greater freedom and fluency to minister the gospel in Hindi—to the lost, to the church, and to pastors in North India. All of these opportunities, this year of learning Hindi, and the times of sharing the truth in Hindi, would not be possible without you. I thank God for you.
I do request your prayers. It is through your prayers that any open doors for the word, or any fruit from ministry will come. Pray for me, my wife, and my three children as we continue to adjust. Pray that we learn Hindi well, that God would use us for the establishment of biblical churches in North India, that His name would be great in this dark land. Pray also that God would strengthen my relationships with other pastors, and that God would bring the right Indian co-laborers for future efforts in establishing a new church in our city. May God guide us.
I look forward to the day when we will meet before the Lamb and have an eternity of immortal fellowship. In the meantime, let’s continue to strive to become like our Savior, and continue to labor in sending the victorious word abroad, that God would bring the true strangers home.