Richard C. and his family are on their way to India along with other people from other churches in the bay area on a short term mission trip as part of ODMS (Open Door Missions Society). Below is his email that talks about the trip and prayer requests (with some edits):
Hello my brothers in Christ! We are about to board our plane to India. We are joining a ODMS (opendoormissionsociety.org) mission trip. ODMS is a mission organization established by an elder at Emanuel Church about 20 years ago. A total of 5 churches are joining this trip. Mainly from First Baptist Church of San Francisco, Emanuel Church. Although our family went last year, this is our first time going as Venture Church members. All the participants are ethnically Korean. typical Korean pic before mission trip attached. We will be church planting in Barasat, India (about 3 hours north of Kolkota) sharing the Gospel to unbelievers in a muslim centric area. A man of peace (recruited through local ministry partners) will assemble local people from their community. We are targeting to have 3 teams share the Gospel twice a day to plant new churches. And on Sat.(20th) we will have a baptism ceremony for all who received Jesus as their savior that week. We are also having a miniVBS at two local schools which were established by ODMS.
Pls pray for our trip. Our prayer requests are below:
Our Bible verse and main prayer for this trip. 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Pls pray for our safety and health Keep our health despite the hard environment of dust, heat and mosquitoes. especially from risk of malaria & food poisoning. Pls pray for the church planting efforts Holy Spirit, go into every village before us and prepare the road for us. So that we may boldly proclaim Jesus Christ and that those who hear, open their hearts to accept Him and to respond in faith. Bound all the dark spirits that interfere and may the Holy Spirit be in charge! Pls pray for the Muslims Bend the stubbornness and threats of the Muslims that live in Barasat, let the Word grow more actively that many people will be added daily to those saved. Pls pray for the established Churches Let the Family Churches planted in Barasat, grow strong and independent by fearing the Lord and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let these churches bear fruit 100 times, 60 times, 30 times so they they may grow into a church that is responsible for world mission. In Him The Chuns.