To my right is James-Michael Smith.
To my left is Brent Burdick.
As you read this, we are somewhere over Asia, flying into Delhi, India.
It’s my third time there, James-Michael’s second, and Brent’s first.
You should know, however, that Brent was in my graduating class at Asbury Seminary (though we did not know each other), then served as a missionary in the Philippines for 20 years before relocating to Charlotte and then finding — VOILA! — Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.
While we’re here (there?), we’re going to be working with our two pastoral networks — giving training and receiving inspiration.
You can read about last year’s trip here.
Over the next ten days, some of my posts will be “on the ground” perspectives while I wrote others before I left the USA and will offer some more Americanized & Charlottean thoughts.
We covet prayer for health and protection, but most of all we long for prayers for the persecuted pastors here and the oppressed-yet-thriving churches they serve.