Jesus Is Building His Church

Pastor MadhusudanAt Vision Nationals, we love our pastors — it’s just that simple. They inspire us with their tenacity and grit. They know what it means to endure hardship, to suffer loss, to make sacrifices so that the gospel can take root and grow and ultimately flourish in their communities. Sharing their stories with you is a powerful reminder that Jesus is, in fact, building his church, just as he promised he would. And he’s doing do so in some of the most remote places on earth, using the “foolishness of preaching” to save those who believe.

In many respects, we’re just witnesses to what God’s doing in South Asia. Occasionally we’re able to share what we’ve seen and heard with you — and it’s a great privilege to do so — but more often than not our pastors labor in relative obscurity. The events of their lives, both the miraculous and the mundane, aren’t being recorded or written down. There are no cameras rolling, no biographers on standby. Nevertheless, God knows, and his “well done,” which is the ultimate commendation, is what our pastors long to hear.

For almost fifteen years, Pastor Madhusudhan Rao has been faithfully proclaiming the gospel and demonstrating the reality of the kingdom of God in the village of Ramuduvalasa. His church, which has grown steadily since its inception, meets in a rented facility, but Pastor Madhusudhan — who became a Christian himself at the age of 17 — hopes that one day they’ll have a building of their own, a permanent place to gather and worship their King.

Along with his wife, Kumari, and their two children, Pastor Madhusudhan asks you to pray that God will continue to bless their family and their church, especially as they come together for prayer and worship on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. He also needs more reliable transportation, so he’s asked us to pray that God will provide him with a moped.

It seems appropriate to end this post with the verse that captured Madhusudhan’s heart and launched him into ministry more than a decade and a half ago. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” An extraordinary promise, first made to Joshua, now sustains Madhusudhan as he responds to Jesus’ call to make disciples in the village of Ramuduvalasa.

Vision Nationals plants churches and trains nationals in India through our church planting initiative, Ten Thousand Churches. If you would like to support a church planter like Pastor Madhusudhan for $50 a month, you can give online.

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