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Gateway Austin Team: Travel & Day 1
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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me as a prisoner, but share with the sufferings of the gospel, according to the power of God.”- II Timothy 1:7

Gateway Church set out with 13 people late Thursday night. 3 flights, 34 hours and 3 countries later, we made it to India.

The journey was truly blessed with a smooth experience. It is easy to find moments in prayer with God when you are worried about making connections, or experiencing turbulence; the true test of faith and gratitude is if you thank Him when everything goes right. We flew from Austin to London, to Hyderabad to Rajahmundry with hours of layovers in between. Without distractions of stress we were able to bond, pray, prepare and find time with God. We are so filled with gratefulness for getting us here without hazard or stress. God truly did bless us with the ability to enjoy our spirit of courage, spirit of love and a sound mind to prepare for our arrival.

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However, nothing could prepare anyone for the enthusiastic and inspiring arrival at Christ Evangelical Mission (CEM). After so many hours of travel and very little sleep, we, the 13, walked into the courtyard filled with cheering children and a confetti of orange flowers. The reception was beautiful for several new missionaries, but especially thrilling to see those returning. Children corralled their remembered friends. Hugs, stories of memories and even secret handshakes began to overwhelm our 6 returning missionaries. To see such love, and lasting relationships was inspiring.

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It is only the first day of many, but knowing these are the relationships we are cultivating makes the whole trip come to life.

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One Response to “Gateway Austin Team: Travel & Day 1”

  • praise the Lord for His watch care over all of you. You are always in our prayers. We are thankful for your joyous reception.