April 20th was the start of Fuel Church in Falaknuma!! There has not been a church in this village for over 400 years!! There is still about $1,500 that needs to be raised in order to finish the building itself, but April 20th was the beginning of this church plant. The church will hold 150-200 people.
The guys spent time with some of the Fuel India Pastors, strategizing on how to reach the 500 unreached villages. This is what Dan loves the most!
In the evening, Dan and Kevan ministered to some of the youth at a youth meeting. Kevan led with some dynamic worship.
Next Anand took Dan and Kevan around to see twenty of the five hundred villages that the twenty-five Fuel India Pastors are planning on reaching in the next three years. The villages that they went to were Banjara villages. These mostly Hindu villages did not have a school or a church and were ready to give land on the spot for them to build a school.
After the dedication, they visited another Banjara village. Dan tells what he saw, “We all know that water is what sustains us in life. Imagine if you only had 15 minutes a day to collect all the water you needed for that day…water to wash yourself and your clothes, water to cook with, and water to drink. You think that is crazy? In India, it is reality. Today when we went to visit the village for the new Fuel India primary school, this was their condition. When the water turns on, the people rush to get their buckets to be sure they can get their fill within the allotted 15 minutes that the water remains on. What about you? What would you do if you only had 15 minutes to collect your life giving water for the day? I imagine we would all do the same, rush to the source and get our buckets filled. I imagine I would not take it for granted for what I had at that moment. I imagine I would try to get every bucket as full as I possibly could. I am challenged that I should not take for granted our life giving source, Jesus. Challenged to spend at least 15 minutes with Him each day to get my bucket of life filled as full as possible, so full it overflows onto lives around me. Challenged to come thirsty every day with expectation of what He will do in my life today. What about you?” “…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’” (John 7:37-38)
Dan and Kevan arrived in Hyderabad around 3:30am India time, after about 30 hours of travel from the time they left home. It was nice to be greeted by the Fuel India President, Anand.
They had a great first day in India on Sunday after some rest. They dedicated the First Fuel Grammar School. Many of you donated to see the school built less than a year ago. The building that you see in the photo, however, is NOT the actual school that we built. A few months ago the government discovered uranium in/near the village that we built the first Fuel Grammar School in. The government has been evacuating the villages in the area for excavation the last couple of months. Because the government is forcing everyone to move, they agreed to build us a new school! So the last couple of months the government built this new school building for Fuel India. The miracle of it all is that it is THREE TIMES as big as the school we originally raised money for and constructed!! The leader of this village is very excited to have Fuel India in the village because now the government not only built this new school building, but they built new roads as well for access to the village. We pray that this favor continues with the village leader!!!