To India With Love

I love how Paul writes about one church helping another. There is no feeling of superiority (“us vs. them”). It is simply, “You have this to be generous with. Share it with those brothers over there.” And, “Brothers over there, you have this to be generous with, share it over here.”

SunRidge has had the opportunity to partner with our brothers/sisters in India for a lot of years now and like those early New Testament churches, the same thing holds true. We receive from them from what they have to give, and we come to them with something also. We make what we have available, available. And so do they.

This October Kyle & Alecia Dyck will be co-leading a team going to India. We have sent teams in the past from SunRidge, linking with others from other churches. This year we are sending the leaders, Kyle & Alecia, who will bring what they have to offer to the team who go to India under the banner of Child of Mine, and ultimately to our friends waiting in India at two children’s homes who care for children in desperate situations. These homes take children in, care for them, become another part of their family if they have family already, or their only family in some cases! They provide education right through post-secondary and they see themselves as raising India’s future church leaders!

This is what Kyle and Alecia had to say about their roles:

Alecia

Alecia, what is your role with the India Team?

My title is the Trip Co-Leader. Some of my work has been on this side of India, and the rest of it will happen when we are there. My role is to

  • Resource and inform team members (communicating everything necessary to plan and be prepared for trip)

  • Help brainstorm around itinerary

  • Train up team so they feel equipped for jobs and cultural interactions

  • Plan soul care for team (devos, prayer leading up to trip, debrief)

  • Coordinate team while on the ground, leading group through various points of travel

Describe the team this year?

It is a smaller team this year, but the right size for the project we are taking on. Just over half have been on a COM trip before and the rest are just stoked to finally see the homes which they’ve been supporting. There is a mix of young adults and older.

Describe what the team will be doing?

We will be building a roof on another story of a building for visitors. Consider these students, once they leave the home for university, often do not have a family to visit during holidays and such; they want to come back “home” but have no place to stay! This facility we’re working on will allow students to return home. We will also be painting; there is always painting to be done as monsoon rains strip buildings!

What do you want to help the team see and experience?

I want to instil a deep love for another group of people, another country and culture! I want to inspire the team to learn from the dedicated faith of the staff and kids. I want to be a part of fanning into flame a spiritual vibrancy through the joys and challenges of India

Why do you give up your time and earnings to do this?

When Kyle and I have lead Student teams to Mexico, we have been so well supported and inspired by Amor Ministries. Their experience over their 35 years has resulted in some amazing systems for resourcing teams. We would love to bring some of what we love and have learned from Amor to Child of Mine, to make it the best it can possibly be!

Additionally, we personally, despite being suuuuuper challenged and stretched through the trip and preparing for the trip, feel inspired and filled by these experiences. Its a faith reviving time.

Supporting these homes is just one of those unquestionably important and impactful things anyone can do. Being there, it is such an easy “yes” to wanting to be a part of the work God is doing their through the Indian staff.

  • Alecia needs to raise her own support to go: $4000. You can support her through SunRidge Church (indicate the funds are for Child of Mine Project, if online attach a note, if by check please write this on a separate piece of paper not on the check) or directly through Child of Mine (indicate online, or phone the office to indicate the funds are to be directed for her support).

Kyle

Kyle, what is your role with the team?
I am the co leader of the construction portion of the trip and Alecia and I are leading all of those attending from Kelowna churches.

What is this year’s project?
We are going to both homes this year which is really exciting. At DUF, we are going to be adding a shed style roof on a three story building that houses staff and visitors. As always, there is much painting to be done at DUF and Shanti. We are only at Shanti for about 4 days so we are going to lend a hand in any way that we can during our short stay there.

What are you learning as you help lead these endeavours?
I am certainly always learning about the good challenge of leading people of all ages. It forces me to be clear and concise, while at the same time doing my best to model love and compassion.

What motivates you to put your job as a Finish Carpenter on hold and head out to lead something like this?
I give up my time and earnings because this is it. This is the call/charge that is put upon me as a Christian. To love those who have been cast aside, to model the gospel as I serve and to help raise the future leaders of India’s church. BOOM. Amazing! I want to help.

It’s also interesting how quickly we can become very possessive of our time and what we earn. We can become too dependent them. I believe it’s good practise to loosen my grip on these things and put my trust in my Heavenly Father. It’s a good challenge and I don’t want to shy away from challenge.

  • Please regularly pray for Kyle & Alecia and for the team who will leave October 5.

  • Pray for their travels in and outside of the country.

  • Pray for unhindered passage.

  • Pray that each person would go with hearts of servants.

  • Pray that their work would assist the work that is already alive in India!

  • Pray they would bring Good News and encouragement, to lighten the load of those leading in these homes.

Teresa Klassen

Teresa Klassen