Morning Star Baptist Church
Mission Trip Highlights

April 9 - 19, 2007
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In our November 2006 Mission Conference, Morning Star Baptist Church decided to donate $13,000 to build a church building and provide a well for a congregation of Christians in India who were meeting without a building. On April 9, 2007, Pastor Andrew Carrigan and Ms. Bobbie, and Tommy and Myra Smith traveled to India to dedicate this church building.

We had a few bumps in the road. We missed our connection in Frankfurt, Germany, were rerouted through Mumbai, India, and when we arrived in Hyderabad our luggage did not arrive until 2 days later.  But, the Lord blessed and everything worked out.     Bro. Kumar and his helper Bosco met us at the airport and took us to the hotel in Seconderabad.  After resting for the night, Bro. Kumar gave us a tour of the city and took us to the Good News Baptist Church and introduced us to Pastor Kristen Kumar.  Our group had sweet fellowship with this family for several hours. Brother Jack Turney and his sweet 89 year old wife, Ruby, joined us the following day.  They have traveled and worked with the  missionaries in India for more than 25 years.  We finally received our luggage and took a 5 hour trip in rental cars to Tirivuru. The 5 hour trip was interesting and we prayed much!  We dodged water buffalos and goats, motor cycles, rickshaws, bicycles, buses, trucks and other vehicles on a 2 lane freeway (free-for-all!) After arriving at the mission house, Pastor Carrigan preached the graduation ceremony to the Bible College preachers.  These preachers will go out into the surrounding villages to pastor churches that they have been working to establish during the years of their Bible Study.  Bro. Joshua Madusa and his family and staff at the Bible College took good care of our group in the mission house.  They provided 3 meals a day, and transported us to the villages each morning and evening where Pastor Carrigan preached with an interpreter.  Many souls were saved!  On Monday, at 11:00 a.m. our team participated in the dedication service of the Morning Star Baptist Church of India.  We received a "Royal Welcome" in the village of Reddygudam followed by the revealing and reading of the plaques and cutting of the ribbon of the new church building.  We were introduced to the pastor of this church, Pastor Joseph and his family.  We were excited to see the church building full and overflowing with people standing outside the building.  Pastor Carrigan preached a wonderful message and many were saved.  It was an honor and privilege to be a witness of the first message being preached and the first souls being saved in the new Morning Star Baptist Church of Reddygudam,  India.   On April 19, we took a 5 hour train ride to Hyderabad where we departed India and traveled 22 hours by plane to Charlotte, NC.  We arrived safely home.  We thank the Lord for allowing us to have a small part of the work He is doing in India.