Indian Southwest Brethren Conference

Though I didn’t have much time to share reports in June, I wanted to put up a few pictures now from the Indian Southwest Brethren Conference in Dallas (June 9-11) where we had the special opportunity to share on purity with the girls and mothers.

img_0237 There were over 1,000 in attendance. Most of these families have immigrated to the US from Kerala, India in the last 20-30 years.

img_0232 We really enjoyed getting to know these sweet families. They were extremely warm to us and welcomed us as part of the family. And it definitely had the feel of one big family!

img_0285 The highlight was the relationships made through good conversations with the girls we met.

The youth are in an interesting situation: their Indian cultural does arranged marriages, but they’ve grown up in the public school system in America, immersed in the culture here.

These families have the challenge of determining which cultural traditions they hang on to, and which ones they adjust. One father stated of his family, “We believe in BIBLE culture.” Amen to that. 🙂

I remember one conversation I had with some of the girls where I explained, “I grew up here, but our family does things VERY differently from American culture!” I think it was interesting for them to observe that.

img_0273 This was a discussion time with the college-aged girls on contentment and the joy of serving the Lord in single years.

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img_0279 We were very grateful to have Nickie and Haley with us to help. The conference devotional time started at 6:45am, and things usually didn’t wind down til after 10pm. They really squeeze every hour our of the weekend!

img_0284 We’re also extremely grateful to Elsa (left) for the instrumental role she played in “hosting” us, and helping us to understand some of the cultural struggles and how we could best minister to the girls and moms.

img_0280 Grace (standing next to me) was also such an encouragement to us, and has a huge heart for girls’ discipleship. I just heard from her last week that the Lord has opened doors for her to start a discipleship group with some other girls her daughter’s age. Praise the Lord!

The conference was recorded and here are our two messages if any are interested.

First session

Second session
(The Audio starts during the 2nd minute)

See recording of the full conference here.

Wichita Mother/Daughter Dinner

This summer was filled with many back-to-back events. Sadly, I barely had any time to blog reports of what the Lord was doing! So I decided I would share some brief summer reports now at the end of the summer, starting back at the beginning of June. I pray they will be an encouragement to you, and bring praise to Him!

img_0160-2 A church group in Wichita asked if Sarah and I would speak for a mother-daughter dinner. Praise God, it worked out to come on our way to Texas. We were refreshed to see the many godly families at New Hope Bible Church and to observe the “outward” focus that their church has.

img_0145 Meeting for coffee with some of the girls who helped to plan the tea. It was encouraging to see their excitement for witnessing, and to hear of how the families at their church do a creation evangelism gospel booth together at the Kansas State Fair and other events.

img_0164 We stayed with Abby and Guy Spragg while we were there. Abby has been a part of Bright Lights for about a decade. Her husband Guy has been a lot of fun to get to know, as has her little girl, Ellianne.

img_0136 … I am posting this picture simply because Ellie is just so photogenic. 🙂

Next I will post about the “Speak Truth Conference” in Texas.