India

LIFE IN INDIA

India?  It’s people.  It’s diversity.  Everywhere.  Multiple states, diverse cultures, various languages, a complex caste system.  And lots of people.  And lots of diversity.   India is one of the most fascinating places on earth, with very rich, very poor, and a whole lot in between.  It’s a place of contrasts.  Indian schools produce some of the world’s sharpest minds, and yet school is still unattainable for millions.  It’s a food lovers paradise, yet many are hungry.  It celebrates religious holidays from many of the world’s major religions.  India is a land of extremes with everything from pristine beaches and sand dunes, to the Himalayas.  Why not?  It’s India.  Want to experience this dynamic culture and its intriguing contrasts?  Consider a short-term mission trip.

Stories

VIJAYA’S STORY

“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’S STORY

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

Missionaries

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.

Short Term Trips

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.

 

Fun Facts

  • India has at least 454 actively spoken languages and 22 official languages
  • 70% of the world’s spices come from India
  • India is the world’s largest tea producer
  • In 2019, Venture partners distributed 16,500 Bibles in India
  • Venture has ministry partners in six of India’s 29 states
  • The Bay Area cities of San Francisco and San Jose are #5 and #6 of 11 US cities with the greatest concentration of Indian Americans.

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

INGREDIENTS

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

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a bowl, combine chicken with all of the ingredients for the chicken marinade; let marinate for 10 minutes to an hour (or overnight if time allows).
  • Heat oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat. When sizzling, add chicken pieces in batches of two or three, making sure not to crowd the pan. Fry until browned for only 3 minutes on each side. Set aside and keep warm. (You will finish cooking the chicken in the sauce.)
  • Melt the butter in the same pan. Fry the onions until soft (about 3 minutes) while scraping up any browned bits stuck on the bottom of the pan. 
  • Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant, then add garam masala, cumin, turmeric, and coriander. Fry for about 20 seconds until fragrant, while stirring occasionally.
  • Pour in the tomato puree, chili powders, and salt. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens and becomes a deep brown red color.
  • Stir the cream and sugar through the sauce. Add the chicken and its juices back into the pan and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes until chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thick and bubbling. Pour in the water to thin out the sauce, if needed.
  • Garnish with cilantro (coriander) and serve with fresh, hot basmati rice.

 

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