I left with two specific concerns for Indian Christianity, both revolving around the area of discipleship. First, the ability to discern between orthodox, evangelical Christianity and heretical (or heterodox) teaching was very weak. They would mention solid evangelicals in the same breath as those who preach a false gospel. More discipleship is necessary so they can discern false teaching better. Second, there seemed to be a lack of contentment in their current situation, whether it be their health situation or financial situation. While I have no problem with someone trying to improve their health or finances, the radical lack of contentment was evident in some (not all) who asked for prayer. They seemed extremely desperate and lacked faith that their prayers would be answered. It appeared, at times, that they asked me for prayer hoping that there would be a special power in “my” prayer that their prayers lacked. Their faith seemed to be more in me and my prayers than in God. While both of these could easily be explained by my misreading of the culture or misunderstanding because of poor communication, these are two of my biggest concerns.
The Lord truly broke my heart for India. It is a nation desperately in need of a bold and robust presentation of the gospel and discipleship. I do pray that God will send more workers into that field, as the people seemed so willing and eager to learn about God from His Word.