I had the time of my life in India! For those of you who prayed for the trip—thank you! It could not have gone better.
I traveled with Compass’ Global Managing Director, Dave Rae, a veteran of 12 trips to India. He gave me lots of hints on how to survive and thrive on the trip: from the 22 hour plane ride; to only using bottled water to brush my teeth; to closing my eyes when we were traveling in heavy traffic piloted by drivers who could easily compete at the Indy 500.
The highlight of the trip was spending time with the Compass India Director (prefer not to use his name to protect him from persecution) and the stunning team around him. The Director is a world-class leader—godly, humble and sharp as a tack! His board and the staff are equally as impressive.
Dave told me that we’d be used to the maximum and we were. In ten days we traveled to five major cities with populations ranging from 10 to 33 million people. We presented the Money and Marriage God’s way seminar 4 times, spoke to business groups and school children and spent lots of time with the Compass India team. They were using us to help them roll out the English version of the Money and Marriage God’s way and the Hindi version of Navigating Your Finances God’s Way small group studies.
The receptivity of the people was overwhelming. For example, I met a couple (both are architects) that had just become completely debt free. Three years ago they had 8 credit cards at interest of 42-48%! Think about that! All their disposal income was going to pay for the interest! You should have seen the smiles on their faces J
One of our seminars was held in Calcutta two blocks from Mother Teresa’s home. The Compass India Director knew her well and often used to talk with her. On the way to see her home, we passed a 1½ year old baby girl sitting on a dirty little rug all by herself on the busy sidewalk. The Director said, “This is very common. The parents both work and they just leave the child alone until they finish their jobs.” I cannot get the picture of that sweet vulnerable child completely alone.
This is the time for India and her 1.3 billion people—one out of every six people on the planet live there. God is moving and many are coming to know Jesus Christ as their Lord. Please join us in praying for this great country. For a revival and for the Lord to be free to use Compass to the maximum for His purposes and glory. Other than prayer, the biggest need for Compass India is to receive funding to translate the Compass materials into more languages—there are 22 major languages. Please pray for them when the Lord brings them to mind. Thank you!
Love in Christ Jesus,
Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.