India (MNN) — A team of five recently spent two weeks as the hands and feet of Christ in India.
India Partners’ Kaytie Fiedler led a team to work on projects in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Her team helped disabled students prepare for interviews and trained villagers in WASH – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
Last but not least, the team got a chance to share Christ’s love with over 200 orphans – a highlight for Fiedler.
“When you live in that massive of a community with very few adults, it is just a joy [to see] big people that want to play with you and spend time with you, and do crafts,” she explains.
“I absolutely love bringing that kind of joy and the love of Jesus to those kids.”
However, Fiedler says working with adults is equally gratifying. On the team’s first week in India, they spent time at the Agape Rehabilitation Center helping graduating students prepare for job interviews.
“Some are deaf, some are blind, some are in wheelchairs; so, the variety of disabilities is [huge] and this organization has an incredible way of meeting the needs of those people,” says Fiedler.
The group’s sessions geared toward helping students prepare for a future job: resume writing, interviewing skills, how to be an excellent employee and video production.
“When you are put up against able-bodied employees, you have to do your very best to try and out-do any other employee,” Fiedler explains.
Fiedler and her cohorts hope video production and the other skills they shared will give students an edge over their competition.
“They were excited and empowered, and I know they’re really looking forward to getting the opportunity to put those new skills into practice,” says Fiedler.
Using those skills to overcome prejudice will be a sweet victory for Agape students.
“If [the disabled are] seen out on the streets they’ll be spit on, they’ll be shooed away, people yell at them and mock them and ask them to go back home, [saying] ‘We don’t want to see you’,” says Fiedler. “It’s very sad.”
Pray for opportunities in their lives and open doors to share the Gospel.
On the second leg of their journey, Fiedler and her teammates ‘trained the trainers’ in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene practices. Around 50 community leaders came from three different centers to become WASH program trainers.
“Their creativity and the enthusiasm in which they embraced that information was really inspirational and a lot of fun,” Fiedler says. “They came up with the most creative skits, dramas, songs – they got the information and then embellished the ways that they could educate others.”
And, leaders aren’t just learning skills to prevent disease and save physical lives. Fiedler says each lesson is “peppered with Scripture and biblical principles.”
In addition to helping with India Partners’ field projects, the team was also able to attend an English-speaking church service. In 20 years of journeying to India, this opportunity became Fiedler’s first chance to share God’s Word in her native tongue.
“My message was to encourage them to really seek and understand what [God has] called them to do and get out there and do it, because it is going to revolve around meeting needs,” says Fiedler.
“Your purpose in life is always going to be about how you can love and serve others with the best of your abilities and the skills and talents that God has given you.”
She says many individuals approached the team for prayer after the service concluded.
“There were teachers, there were moms; there was a huge beautiful blend of people there, just like here in the States, that are on these walks of life wondering, ‘What am I doing here?’ and ‘How can I best serve God where I’m at?’,” Fiedler notes.
“There was one young man who just got his pilot’s license and he wants to go work for Mission Aviation Fellowship, and was trying to figure out a way to do that.”
Pray growth for each believer in the knowledge of Christ and His will.
Would you like to share Christ’s love in India? The next trip goes in November; learn more by clicking here.