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Impact India 360

imageToday we had an amazing breakthrough. Josh Procknow and I had asked Jaya if we could ride motorcycles through town. At 4:00, as we were getting ready to leave, Jaya got a call from Raja Babu, the city representative of Dowlaiswaram. He said to come to the district government office to meet with Bhimarao about the Agape land. Jaya had told Baba Raju that many Board Members of Impact India 360 would be here this week, and that was all it took for Baba Raju, who has been a good friend of CEM over the year, to push the agenda.

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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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  • GO!

GO!Hi again! Last time I talked about our team meetings and how they calmed my nerves. In this blog post, I would like to inform you that I’m leaving for India in TWO DAYS. Guess what? The nerves are back again. Right when I thought I was in the clear, Satan threw me a curve ball. I’m currently writing this, not having been able to eat much today. The closer the date gets, the more it hits me that I’m traveling across the world to a country nothing like the one I reside in.

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  • 01 - Dave
  • 02 - Gerry
  • 03 - Phyllis
  • 04 - Jen
  • 05 - Mike
  • 06 - Monique
  • 07 - Renee
  • 08 - Peg
  • 09 - Chris
  • 10 - Emily
  • Window Panes

Welcome back and thank you for coming on this journey with me! Last time, I told you about some of my excitement and some of my angst about going on this adventure. I’m overjoyed to tell you that a lot of that angst was quieted with a couple of meetings. The friendships I’m already developing with the mission team and the founder of CEM, Jaya Sankar, who was visiting Kensington last month, have replaced the fears that gripped my heart so tightly. It began with Jaya telling his story to our Global Outreach team.

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  • Emily - Soon to be world traveler

Editor’s Note: We get asked a lot about what it is like at CEM, but often when we invite people to come and see firsthand the amazing work of CEM and their reply is often, “Oh I could never…” Much of the time, it’s the unknown that is most likely to make a person disqualify themselves; so we decided to “pull back the curtain” and let you hear one person’s story – from the moment they are challenged to take the trip to the months after when God is revealing himself even when they are back in the U.S. You can follow Emily’s story the whole way.

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