Today is Easter Saturday. It‚Äôs also exactly one month since Compassion closed its operations in India. It‚Äôs a bittersweet moment as we reflect on the redemptive and transformational power of Jesus in the midst of sorrow. But there is always hope, the hope that comes from being in relationship with Jesus.
As we continue to pray for India, Silas, Compassion‚Äôs Vice President of the Asia Region and former Country Director of India, shares his reflections.
Broken beyond words
‚ÄúI have been broken beyond words. This has hit me harder than just being a staff member of Compassion, but also seeing my own people suffer this outcome. But the Lord has reminded me through His word from Ecclesiastes 3:14 (NIV) ‚ÄúI know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.‚ÄĚ
While this breaks me as a person, I am deeply affirmed that this is God‚Äôs plan and His plan will endure forever. It may not be the way I desire it or pray for it, but His kingdom will endure even in this painful end to 48 years of Compassion‚Äôs ministry. Today it may look depressing and disheartening in the eyes of man, but not with God. He is raising for Himself a remnant which is living out Jesus and His commission.
God is writing His story
Life never begins without pain ‚Äď Good Friday is pain, Easter is life. In everything, God makes all things new. I am assured that as we celebrate the resurrection, we have a Saviour in Jesus Christ, and because He lives His work also lives. Even though Compassion‚Äôs programme has closed in India, the seed of mission to children has been sown. And because of the power of His word and the great commission, He will bring forth life even from situations that seem dead (ended) in our human understanding.
The work continues, maybe not on Compassion‚Äô terms, but on the Father‚Äôs terms to save and care for His precious children. May we not forget that this is His work and He invited us to join Him (John 15:16 ‚ÄúYou didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.‚ÄĚ)
I am encouraged by the many actions of the local Indian Church coming together to care for children, showing them that Jesus cares for them, that hope continues. This is an amazing assurance that God is not finished with India. He is starting a new chapter, writing ‚ÄúHis story‚ÄĚ whether Compassion is in it or not.
Local Indian churches with resources are connecting with the churches impacted by the exit of Compassion. They are stepping into the needs to help provide support, not to the extent that Compassion provided, but to the end that the children continue to enjoy being known and loved.
You are His blessing to generations to come
With all my heart I deeply desire to say ‚Äúthank you‚ÄĚ to sponsors. You have been God‚Äôs blessing in starting a movement. Today the programme has been stopped by man (only done with God‚Äôs permission). However the movement of children tasting the love of Jesus, families being touched by love from thousands of miles away, assurance and care in the midst of nothingness, is a powerful reminder that you have been used by the Lord to begin this amazing movement.
Today, you may not be able to support as desired, but be assured you are a co-labourer in God‚Äôs work. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:10 ‚ÄúBy the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.‚ÄĚ What you have contributed to has not stopped. Today this building continues under a new chapter, and the assurance is that this chapter, though new, is bring written by the same author ‚Äď Jesus Christ. Remain blessed dear sponsor, God has and is still using you. You are His blessing to generations to come.‚ÄĚ