Our Commitment To India

We are so excited to be involved in the construction of this church in India! We have worked with the late Apostle/Pastor G.R. Purushotham since 1996. We are now working with his son Sam (G.P. Samuel). Our latest project in being connected with this ministry is to help complete the church pictured. As you can see, it is not complete. God has given us the opportunity to help complete it!

People are very hungry for Jesus in India. Churches are being planted and church halls are being constructed. God is doing a mighty work in this great nation. I've had the privilege to be involved for 20 years now. God is good!

There are many Pastors and churches in India that need help in many ways. Harvest Celebration Ministries is committed to doing what God places before us. It is amazing what can be done with His help! If you would like to help us reach India by giving financially click the "DONATE" link below. All donations are done securely through PayPal. Thanks for your consideration!

We will keep you updated on what God does, and how he does it in the great nation of India.

Overwhelmed By God's Goodness!

One of the schools we visited on Utila.
There will be much more forthcoming, but I wanted to say that our recent trip to Honduras was a bit overwhelming to say the least. Our first time to the beautiful island of Utila was incredible! We met some wonderful folks who love Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. We held four services there: 2 outdoor evening services and I spoke in two different schools. The second evening service tripled in size which indicated there is a tremendous hunger for Jesus in Utila. Unfortunately, my schedule would not permit us to stay more than 3 nights.

We traveled south to Tegucigalpa to head out on Saturday morning to of course, Concordia! It was the largest crowd of kids I've seen in my 10 years of going! What a joy to hang out with those precious children (which many of you sponsor). It was not just those sponsored children, but many more...and their moms. There are several young boys and girls I've seen grow over the past 10 years, that I've established relationships with. They were all waiting with excitement, for our arrival at the church. Some of you sponsors need to consider a trip with me to Honduras next
time. I promise you, it will change your life!

We spent a couple of services (and a big meal) with my friends at Pastor Manfredy's church on Sunday. There too, I have made some very wonderful friends over the past 10 years. That's what short-term missions is all about. What it's NOT about is simply going places...just to go. It's about building on what God establishes....year after year!

As I said, more on this recent trip will be posted in the days to come, including pictures. Thanks to ALL who helped to make this trip possible with your prayers and financial support. May God bless you extremely!

Steve Hutto

How Short-Term Missions Changed My Life (Part 2)

As I said in my previous post, my first trip to India changed my life as a follower of Christ. It was during this trip many things happened touching my life deeply. The following is just one of them.

It was morning. I was waiting for my ride to the meeting place. A young Indian pastor (Thomas) had stayed nearby and was waiting with me for our ride. We began to chat about Thomas's life. I asked him what his life as a pastor was like in India. He told me about a typical Saturday and Sunday in His schedule.

On Saturday evening He, his family, and church members meet for all-night-prayer. They start at about 11 pm and pray until about 5 am. They break shortly for tea and pray some more...until about 7 or 8 am. Thomas said when prayer ends he and his family head home to clean up for their first service. This service lasts about 3 hours. Around 11 am or 12 noon, they break for lunch. After a short rest he and family head for another small congregation to conduct a service during the afternoon. After the service they break for dinner. After the evening meal they move to yet another congregation for their third and last service of the day. I was overwhelmed at their dedication and commitment to serving Jesus. I was wondering when they rested. However, rest was not an issue to them. It was very obvious...the joy of the Lord was their strength.

As Pastor Thomas was telling me this I turned off the TV in the hotel room on which ESPN was playing. The TV was somewhere around 13 inches, and black and white. (Some of you have never seen a black and white TV.) But they did have a satellite feed with ESPN in English! I was so convicted over my lack-luster Christian life-style I turned it off. As Pastor Thomas continued and tears began to stream down my cheeks. God had pierced my heart and emotionally it was almost too much for me. Then Pastor Thomas began to cry. We both sat and wept as we worshiped the God who is worthy of it all.

It had become so clear to me that what I thought was a deep commitment to Jesus was very shallow. Jesus was important to me. I was a pastor! But for me it was NOT all about Him. He was important, but not the CENTER of it all. Like so many Christian Americans, I was too busy for Him. Most of all I did was for ministry sake...but not for Jesus. God used this first visit to India to shake me, to awaken me, and to prepare me.

I returned to America with a renewed commitment to live for Jesus 24 x 7. I wanted my life to be consumed with Jesus, ministering to Him and to others like my friends in India were consumed.

When it was time for me to return to the States I was ready. I couldn't wait to get back to the comforts of America. It was great returning home to my family. However, a week after I was home I began to realize my first trip to India was just the beginning. What started as a visionary trip had turned in to a calling to the nations on my life. I had to go back! (More to come.)