“Vijaya” is from a Hindu family in Northern India. Her parents separated and her mother worked three jobs to support four kids. Vijaya was set to quit her studies and start working. She describes her life, “During my early years I felt so empty and loveless that I began experimenting with many things children experiment with in order to find some love or acceptance.” She adds, “I tried very hard to find love anywhere I could, but no matter what I did, I always felt even more empty and unloved.”
In late 2018 she applied to a partner ministry for educational assistance so that she could continue her studies. In addition to giving her a scholarship application form, they introduced her to Christ and gave her a Bible. Later, while her life was still in a rough place, out of desperation she told God, “God if you are really there like you say you are, be here for me. I can’t take it anymore. I am going to do something really drastic if you don’t meet me here. I am nothing and I need you.” She describes, “a supernatural kind of feeling that overcame me. I truly experienced God in the most remarkable way. I felt a kind of overwhelming sense of peace, a kind of feeling like you were being hugged by something or someone that wasn’t physical. It felt supernatural to me.”
In the following months, she eventually accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. Now, she is regularly attending Church and preparing for baptism.
Manjula almost dropped out of school when her mom tried to force her into temple prostitution. Today, after earning certifications in computers and spoken English with one of our ministry partner’s training institutes, she is now employed and is a strong Christian attending a local church.
>>Hear other stories at our dessert and lunch receptions held this weekend at Venture on Oct 12 -13 weekend after our 5pm service on Saturday at 6:15pm in Venue 2 and on Sunday at 1pm in Room 217/218<<.
Link here » to see the amazing country of India
Our ministry partners in India work under the radar because it has recently become illegal to “convert” someone from Hinduism. This requires creative rethinking about traditional approaches of telling people about Christ. The spiritual growth process is also a challenge, as it is relatively easy for a Hindu to “add” Christ to their pantheon of gods, but harder to see Christ as the only one true God and abandon all others.
Our missionaries need our prayer and support, so please take the opportunity if you are in service the weekend of Oct 12-13 to let them know at the receptions planned.
Visit with our India missionaries at either a dessert reception after our 5pm service on Saturday at 6:15pm in Venue 2 and/or lunch reception on Sunday at 1pm in Room 217/218.
VENTURE PARTNERS –
In India, Venture has five missionary partners and eight ministry partners.
January 31 – February 13, 2020 — Kolkata, India
For many people, Kolkata (more familiarly known as Calcutta) arouses mental images of slums, poverty, and Mother Theresa. It is also known as the “City of Joy” and is the cultural capital of India, and is a city of incredible contrasts, from the dire poverty to a regional economy of $150 billion, emerging as a major IT hub. Come work on a multi-church team that will serve the poorest of the poor, including working with children who have been rescued from trafficking. You’ll serve food, help run programs, teach English, and your face will be tired from smiling. God will use you, and change you, as you join what He is doing in Kolkata. This trip is in partnership with Calvary Church, Los Gatos. A background check is required.
February 14-23, 2020 — Hyderabad, India
Ask a person from Hyderabad what they’re known for, and they’ll say, “Biryani” (a tasty rice dish). Ask our partner in Hyderabad what he wants to be known for, and he’ll say, “Helping the maximum number of people discover Christ while learning a marketable trade that they can use to support themselves.” Our team joins him, ministering to children who are studying at the educational centers, and to those who have been rescued from human trafficking. You’ll work long rewarding hours, and if you’re not careful, you’ll leave some of your heart in India.
November 2020 — Northern India
Whether or not a medical professional, you’ll have the opportunity to serve alongside Indian doctors in rural clinics where we have partnered for over 10 years with dynamic partner ministries. We’ll work long days, facilitating the logistics of a vision/medical/dental clinic in a rural area of Northern India. Hundreds of people walk miles for the medical care, and you’ll see the immediate impact of your service. When you’re not working at the camp, you will have opportunities to tell your Godward faith journey in schools, homes, and other venues, alongside our fabulous partners who follow up on the folks who have visited the clinic. You will see lives changed in front of your eyes, and you will return home with a new outlook on life.
For the chicken marinade:
28 oz (800g) boneless and skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup plain yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon ginger
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon Kashmiri chili (or 1/2 teaspoon ground red chili powder)
1 teaspoon of salt
For the sauce:
2 tablespoons of vegetable/canola oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 small onions (or 1 large onion) finely diced
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic finely grated
1 tablespoon ginger finely grated
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
14 oz (400g) tomato puree (tomato sauce/Passata)
1 teaspoon Kashmiri chili (optional for color and flavor)
1 teaspoon ground red chili powder (adjust to your taste preference)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups of heavy or thickened cream (use evaporated milk for lower calories)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 cup water if needed
4 tablespoons fresh cilantro or coriander to garnish