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An Independence Day Prayer for India

by Kim Turkington on August 15th

Today, August 15, India celebrates 67 years of independence.  As I think of that vast and diverse nation, I am thankful to the Lord for connecting my heart to India.  I am grateful for the dear friends He has given me there, and I am also thankful that He placed a burden on my heart to pray for India.

This is the prayer I offer today on India’s Independence Day:

Lord, I thank You for the nation of India and for its beautiful and gifted people.  You have created each one of them, and You long for them to abide and rest in You. I thank You for what You are doing in India to bring the hope and love of Jesus to people all across the country.  Lord, would You pour out Your Spirit in even greater measure and would You intervene for the precious people of India in these specific ways?

Where there is bondage, I pray for liberty for the captives and release for those held in slavery. (Isaiah 61:1)

Where there is oppression, I pray You would work righteousness and justice. (Psalm 103:6)

Where there is poverty, would You supply the needs of people according to the riches of your glory in Christ Jesus? (Philippians 4:19)

Where there is barren and unproductive land, please bring abundance and overflow to the ground itself, causing it to bud and flourish. (Psalm 65:9-13)

Where the dominion of darkness reigns, I ask that You would bring people into the kingdom of your beloved Son, in Whom they have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13)

Where the lies of the enemy prevail, I pray that the fullness of Your truth and grace would be revealed. (John 1:14-18)

Where the thief has come to steal and kill and destroy, would you give life, even abundant life, to the people of India? (John 10:10)

Where there have been many paths that claim to lead to God, I pray the women, men and children of India would come to the One who is The Way, The Truth and The Life. (John 14:6)

In the Name of the humble and glorious Savior I pray. Amen.

Exciting Additions for The Amy Carmichael Home!

by Kim Turkington on August 14th

The Amy Carmichael Home is a place of refuge for destitute women in the town of Tuticorin near the southern tip of India. These 20 or so ladies have been rescued from living on the streets when they had nowhere else to go.  In India it is expected that children, especially sons, will care for their elderly mothers.  But when family relationships break down or when poverty stretches resources,  a widowed mother may find herself homeless.

The stories at The Amy Carmichael Home are heart breaking, but we are so thankful that the Lord has helped us bring these women to a place of safety, provision and love.

Their prayer requests each week reflect their gratitude to God and their dependence on Him for their physical and spiritual needs.  Also these precious ladies spend time in prayer each day interceding for the nations of the world. What a wonderful God who would rescue homeless women and give them a ministry of prayer to bring light to the dark places in the world!

So that is the back story on The Amy Carmichael Home.  In addition to that, we wanted to tell you about some exciting new happenings at the Amy Home.   More »

Remix India Trip: August 2014

by Kim Turkington on July 19th

We wanted to share our excitement with you for an upcoming India trip for Fishhook’s friends from Remix Education During the first three weeks of August, they will be sharing the hope and love of Jesus with children and youth in India.

Watch the video to catch a vision of what the Lord has laid on their hearts:

Remix India from Remix Education on Vimeo.

Can we ask a couple of favors from you?
1. Would you pray for Curt, Jaron, Matt and Jenny as they prepare to go to India?
2. Would you consider giving a gift of any amount to help them reach their goal?

Already they have raised about $12,600 for the trip, but we are hoping, trying and praying for another $900.

As you saw in the video, part of their vision for the trip is to leave equipment for Gospel workers in India to be able to continue this outreach work in the coming months and years. This additional funding of $900 would ensure that we have enough resources to adequately equip our friends in India to continue to reach children.

If you feel led to help, you can donate on the Fishhook web site, or you can mail a check payable to Fishhook with “Remix Trip” in the memo line to:
Fishhook International
PO Box 910691
Lexington, KY 40591

Thank you for standing with us to share Jesus with the children of India!

The Courteous Traveler

by Jessica Worland on June 12th

There are so many things to consider when traveling abroad.

How to get a passport. Do I need a visa? What do I need to pack?  Will I like the food?

Often times we get so caught up in the logistics we overlook the most important preparations–learning how to interact gracefully with people we encounter. This may be in the airport when a flight is delayed or bags are lost. Or when we arrive in the host country and don’t realize a shake of the foot or greeting someone with your left hand is extremely offensive.

Take some time to research cultural kindness before your next trip, it can go a long way in improving communication and being a good representation of Christ! Here’s a great tool on proper etiquette worldwide:

Swissotel Etiquette Map

The Indian Head Nod

by Jessica Worland on June 9th

Cultural differences and personalities can create uncomfortable situations when traveling abroad. I remember an example from my first trip to India. Walking along the streets of Bombay with my camera, hoping to get the next great photo for National Geographic, I came upon an elderly woman sitting next to a water pump. She wore an aged but beautiful red sari, spotless even though she was squatting on the side of a dirt road. I lifted my camera and asked if I could take her photo. She wiggled her head from side to side so I smiled and walked on.

Later, I noticed many Indians moving their heads from side to side in conversation and asked our ministry partners why everyone kept saying “No” to one another. He laughed and explained the Indian head nod actually means “Yes” or “OK”. I felt awful! The woman I met on the street earlier was giving me permission to take her photo and I walked away!

Remember non-verbal communication makes up two-thirds of our interactions with one another. Do some research to make sure you know what you’re saying next time you travel.

HE Was Our Protector in India

by Kim Turkington on April 8th

From Steve Benna of Cross Fork, PA, After His March Trip to India with His Friend, Benn Batterson

First I would like to thank all of you for your prayers while we were in India.  It truly is the prayers of the saints that help to fortify us and put a hedge about us.  Most of the time events like this in our lives go unnoticed or we are unaware of them, but sometimes they are so “in your face” that you have to say God could have orchestrated this.  We had one such moment that left the natives speechless, and left Benn and I shaking our heads at God’s precious favor towards us.

While we were in India, the country was getting set for parliamentary elections.  The candidates were traveling from city to city, town to town, and village to village drumming up support.  But, due to corruption and bribes, there were military check points throughout the country.  They were stopping vehicles and drilling people with all kinds of questions, and they were tearing their vehicles apart looking for cash or gold used to bribe a government official. Earlier that week a car was seized for carrying some crazy amount of pounds in gold bullion.  Seeing how one ounce of gold is worth approximately $1,400, they had millions of dollars.

One day we decided to travel north into the mountain region.  Unbeknown to us, the traveling political campaign was going in the same direction.  They were planning to spend some time there speaking.  Obviously the military presence was strong, and a car search and questioning was inevitable.  As we continued north, sure enough a military official singled out our vehicle and waved us to the side of the road.  I do not have the words to describe how it feels as fully armed military personnel are approaching your vehicle telling you to get out, or at least this is what you think they are saying since you do not understand the language.  Then the driver started talking. You’re not sure how things are going, but by the look on the driver’s face and by his body language, one can only guess it’s not well.  That is, until the driver turns around gets back into the car and starts to drive away, and in his native tongue in a loud voice continues to say “… thank you Jesus…” “…gracious Jesus…” “…thank you Jesus…”.    I believe God allowed us to experience this moment in order to comfort us.  He wanted us to hear His still soft voice saying “…I’m here, I am your protector, nothing happens unless I allow it”.  God is sooooo good, AMEN!

Blessings in God’s Time

by Ghuna Kumar on October 7th

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5)

This is the promise verse I obtained from the Lord recently. I also preached on this promise in the early morning on October 1..

Set Apart Time

In order to receive wonders and signs from the Lord, we need to set ourselves apart for Him.  Unless we take time to be holy, we cannot expect special blessings.  Let us set apart time to wait on Him.

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A Word from Ghuna - Seek the Lord

by Kim Turkington on September 16th

“Look to the Lord and His strength.  Seek His face always.”  (Psalm 105:4)

Seeking is a very difficult job for me.  It requires concentration, energy, effort and hard work.  Seeking God surely yields much fruit in our spiritual and physical life.  Let us meditate on them.

Happiness

“Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You.” (Psalm 40:16)  It is a joy not from the lips but from the heart.  It is not like my artificial sugar, decaffeinated coffee, milk that is not milk and flowers that are but plastics.  It is real and natural joy. More »

The Sahayam Home for Women

by Kim Turkington on August 9th

We are excited to report a new move of God in the Sahayam Home!. The residents are happier and more content than ever before.  Their faces show a greater depth of peace and joy.

A key to this change is the renewed desire to pray in the Home recently. This  hunger for prayer and intercession was very evident in Ruby, a Sahayam residents who went Home to be with the Lord last year.

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Backpacks for Children

by Kim Turkington on August 9th

Children are a heritage from the Lord!  In India there are more than 400 million children, and for a number of reasons an alarming percentage of them do not go to school.

Ghuna Kumar wants to reach these children and encourage them to attend school by presenting them with a backpack filled with school supplies:  pencils, pens, a geometry box, colored pens, water bottle, lunch box, files and notebooks.Through this initiative we will also be able to establish Sunday schools in unreached villages. More »