While most young people spend their summers earning extra money, going to summer school, or relaxing, 12 young people committed to going to India to serve the Lord on a mission trip in Trivandrum, Kerala. This group of young people, the Unshackled Team, came from different cities (Dallas, Houston, and Chicago), different backgrounds, and had different personalities, but we had one common goal: to proclaim God’s glory in India!
Our focus was to minister to college students and young professionals, as well as encouraging and supporting the believers already living there, through music, skits, and building relationships. Working alongside Hebron Christian Assembly, we put together several programs:
2002 was advertised throughout the city; Christ was proclaimed through the
music, skits, and Gospel message. Through this, we were able to make contacts,
and those who were interested to hear more were invited to a coffee shop
coffee shop meetings provided an opportunity for smaller group settings where we
were able to engage in one-on-one discussions and deepen our relationships.
There were three coffee shop settings during our time there, and 7 young men
came to know the Lord. Praise God!
visited several colleges and conducted short programs using music and
testimonies. Contacts were established, and several came to the coffee shops.
invited many local missionaries serving in the Trivandrum area who are not
consistently supported by organizations for a tea/snack time. We praised God
together and heard about their ministries.
visited Rehoboth Girls Orphanage in Trichur, Kerala. Ms. P.N. Treasure left her
homeland of New Zealand in faith 45 years ago and has been faithfully serving
the Lord through this orphanage since then. We met her and “her” 172
children. Praising God with the children is a memory etched in each of our
was a “Believers’ Meeting” that was conducted to encourage the local
believers. John Kurian delivered a powerful and motivating message.
of us has returned to our home cities as changed men and