On behalf of White Horse Inn, Dr. Michael Horton and I will be traveling to India for this year’s Global Theological Initiative conference. The conference will be held from January 28-30.
India is spiritual and religious but far from Christ. In many places in India you can smell religion, almost taste it, but it is all an empty pursuit, full of darkness and far from the light. In the midst of all the spiritual darkness, God is building his church. Approximately 20-25 million evangelicals struggle to stand as witnesses for Christ against the darkness of Hinduism, a religion followed by approximately 80% of the population.
Our purpose in India is focused and specific: we will meet with evangelical scholars for three days of intensive discussion on critical matters for the church. This year our focus will be on the sufficiency of the Bible. Our topics include the authority, reliability, and clarity of Scripture, and also how the church is responsible to guard this precious treasure God has given to his Bride.
Through the generous support of our donors, we are able to offer this seminar free to our Indian brothers and sisters in Christ. This is an invitation-only event for 40 of the top leaders, all PhDs in their respective fields, who are the gatekeepers and trainers that God is using to build generations of pastors and scholars for his church in India. White Horse Inn is on the ground starting and shaping conversations that matter!
Dr. Horton will be joined by Dr. Justin Holcomb, and they will participate in academic presentations followed by Q&A sessions. The purpose is to strengthen the foundations of the church by encouraging the leaders of India’s evangelical church to stay strong and true to God’s Word in the midst of incredible pressures. In short, we want to help them “know what they believe and why they believe it.”
Please pray specifically for:
1. Travel safety for Dr. Horton, Dr. Holcomb, myself, and the forty scholars from all over India.
2. Freedom from sickness during our time in India.
3. A lasting impact on the evangelical scholars in India.
4. The Word to spread among the evangelical community that they would yearn to learn (or re-learn) some of these fundamental doctrines. Praise God that this is only our second year and we had more applications than we could handle.
5. Good conversations and fellowship with the scholars, Dr. Horton, and Dr. Holcomb. The friendships multiply the effectiveness of the presentations when our friends in India see that we love them and that we want to support them in their work.
Thank you for praying. This is a gift of service to the church in India, and we could not do it without your prayers and support.
P.S. Here is a video clip from the Ganges River in India. This public YouTube clip demonstrates the Hindu belief that if they can wash in the Ganges River, their sins will be washed away. These are visual reminders of how deeply spiritual many Indians are but without the truth of Christ. Dr. Horton and I visited this same location during our last trip to India. Warning: it’s difficult to watch and not be moved.