By Rev. Garth Duke-Barton, Conference Secretary for Global Ministries
There are many worthy projects for mission in our world. We cannot do them all. The best way to decide which project to undertake or fund is to listen to the calling of God. God will reveal to us which mission works best for us. My wonderful role is to highlight the many projects we have in the world. Thus far I have talked of Afghanistan; Korea; Hawaii; Africa; North Katanga; Yemen; Washington, D.C.; North Carolina; Mississippi; and Russia.
Continuing our journey around the world I return to Southeast Asia to a mission in India. Since 1922, Leonard Theological College (LTC) is where most of the pastors and deaconesses for the Methodist Church in India are sent to be trained. When LTC is falling on hard times like now, one saying often heard is, “No LTC means no MCI.” LTC provides that crucial need of the Methodist Church in India to prepare ministers for the ministries of the Church in both rural as well as urban settings – for the pulpit, Christian education, evangelism, administration, and the care/ counseling of the youth, children and elderly people.
There are currently 28 million Christians in India, a country with more than 1 billion people. Of that large number more than 7.5 million have Methodist roots. We have had missionaries in India from 1810 through today. Prayerfully consider helping this vital mission at Leonard Theological College.
For more information about Leonard Theological College, visit www.leonardtheologicalcollege.com or contact Rev. Dr. Naveen Rao at email@example.com.
Rev. Garth Duke-Barton, pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church in Jesup, also serves as Conference Secretary for Global Ministries.