Welcome to our Village to Village Ministries Blog site. We've designed this site for those who are interested in hearing the latest news about what the Lord is doing through Village to Village to reach some of the most remote places in India. India is the ripest harvest field on earth. While most evangelists work in the big cities with large crowds, Village to Village has been called to the small places where in many cases the people have never even heard of Jesus. More than 74% of the people in India live in its 600,000+ villages. M.K. Gandhi said, "The soul of India is in its villages." As you read the stories presented here from time to time, please pray for the poor, sick, and often forgotten people who need a savior. If God calls you to partner with us either in prayer or financially please let me know.
Bob Saffrin firstname.lastname@example.org
So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere. (Luke 9:6)
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Please pray for Mathew. He has struggled with health, finances and school. He even lost one of his precious little children to a truck accident. In all of the trials Jesus has protected him and he has not lost his vision or his love for the little children. If you want to assist Mathew financially you can send a donation to Village To Village, or if you want to donate by credit card, just click on the “donate” button on this blog.
May God bless you and fill you with his love today.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Both of the two wells we dedicated this year were strategically located in places where the people previously had no clean water. It’s hard for us in America to relate to this as we just turn the tap and clean drinkable water flows. There are over 200,000 villages in India that have no source of clean water. The average village housewife will spend up to six hours every day gathering firewood, hauling water, and then boiling the water just to provide drinking water for her family. In many places firewood is hard to find and the people just drink the polluted water. More than 50,000 children die every year in India from waterborne sickness that is completely preventable. Many more children are chronically sick and under-developed.
Village To Village has now provided bored wells in seven villages. Our goal for this year is to provide four more. The cost for one bored well is $650. One well will provide water for a complete village of 1000-3000 people. If the Lord speaks to you about sponsoring part or all of a well this year you can mail a donation to Village To Village Ministries or if you would rather donate by credit card just click the donate button on this blog site. When we go to India we tell people that God has sent us to them with the message of his love for them. Clean, life-giving water is a demonstration of that love. We can supply clean pure healthy drinking water for life for under one dollar per person. It's the best investment you are likely to find these days.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
When the Lord sent out 35 teams of two to announce his coming he gave them protection against some pretty bad things that could happen to them. I haven’t been bit by a scorpion and so far the only cobra I’ve seen was headed in the other direction. I do, however, have a story of an amazing miracle that was a great encouragement to me this year. If you look at the picture, you see a section of open sewer. The sewer system in most of rural India is just a network of concrete trenches. One night as we made our way from the gospel festival meeting to our car, I was watching my granddaughter instead of where I was going. Yup, you guessed it. I fell in the poo-shute. My left leg hit the far side of the concrete trench scraping all the skin off my shin and then my bleeding leg was immersed up to my thigh in raw sewage. What’s that a recipe for? Instead of the first aid I should have attended to I just sat in the car for the hour and a half ride to the hotel. At the hotel, after praying that the Lord would protect me from whatever little microscopic monsters lurked in that sewage, I cleaned the leg as good as I could. I then emptied a tube of antibiotic ointment onto it and bandaged it air tight.
I didn’t look at the leg for two days. I did note that it didn’t hurt, not even a little. I didn’t think much about that but just assumed that no pain was a good sign. After two days I decided that I should take a look at it. If there was going to be a raging infection I thought that knowing about it earlier would be better than later. To my great surprise when I removed the bandage the leg was completely healed. There was no wound, not even a scab. It was completely healed. The only evidence that the wound had ever been there was the scar. The scar is there so I can brag on Jesus. Isn’t Jesus great! Don’t you just love Him!
Some of you may find yourselves in a poo-shute of your own today. Don't worry. Jesus is not running out of miracles.
By the way the Indian Church leadership says that falling in the open sewer now qualifies me to be a missionary. :)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. "Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
When we go to India we don’t try to be Jesus to them. They are Jesus to us. When we come across a person crippled with polio, that person is Jesus. When we see an elderly woman so sick with diabetes that she can’t sit up on her cot when we visit her, that woman is Jesus. When we come across a dirty, smelly, wild man, possessed by demons, rejected and hated by everyone in his village, that man is Jesus. The little girl dressed in rags begging beside the road – that little girl is Jesus. The prostitute with AIDS… Jesus. You get the idea! ( to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Excerpt from Chandu’s e-mail:
“Brother Bob, the boy whom you prayed in Sabavath thanda ( village) is well and all demons went from him. This is fact. All village tribal people praising lord for this great healing.” After your prayer that boy healed physically. Demon spirit went away from him and he became well. Physically. He is well. Brother, thanking you for your love to this boy and to us also. brother kindly pray for us as we are going to village for gospal among TRIBAL PEOPLE.
Sabavath Village, Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh India – Former unreached village – Now touched by the love of God.