Some of you who will click on this link will know me and some of you won’t - to those who know me - thank you! to those who don’t (thank you also!) - and how about an introduction? My name is Jessalyn and I reside in Ontario on a small hobby farm where I dream of seeing another truck roar across Asia bring the Gospel to the aching hearts of those who are thirsty for the truth. I have fourteen siblings of which 12 are younger than me - lot’s of fun and a huge blessing rolled into one!
Around the month of December 2011, as Christmas was quickly approaching, I felt God asking me to do something different with my Christmas and the gifts I would give to my friends. Instead of giving gifts that may soon be forgotten as the years rolled on, I wanted to give something that would last a lifetime - and even change lives. That’s when I discovered Gospel for Asia. Gospel for Asia is an outreach that serves a specific people group in India. This people group is the Dalits. The despised, destitute, hated, lowest of low people group. This class has a social status barely above an animal. They are born into desperately poor families who have no hope of rising into even a place of existence that is above starvation. They are forced to do cheap, manual labor in the worst of jobs. Cleaning sewage systems, sorting garbage, and back-breaking labor in the fields with little pay. They are seen as unclean by those of higher social status. Everything is segregated - the higher classes refuse to share even their life giving sources of water and if they happen to share a glass of water, the cup is smashed so that the Dalit’s uncleanliness won’t be spread to those of a higher class. The existence of the Dalit’s is miserable. They are an unloved people group who are told they are of no more importance than an animal. Treated disrespectfully, and hated by all men who don’t share their status. This caste system has been the stigma that has held these people under the domineering control of higher castes for centuries breaking their spirit and letting them know they are worthless.
Gospel for Asia goes right into the heart of Asia to these people and tells them a beautiful thing - that Jesus loves them and that in his eyes, they are equal. In his eyes they are precious, in his eyes they are worth dying for. Gospel for Asia then takes the next step in helping them rise from their desperate poverty by providing life giving skills, equipment, farm animals, and the like. They equip India’s own people as missionaries and send them out with this life-giving message. This is to whom I felt God asking me to reach out and help during the Christmas holiday. It was the most exciting Christmas I have ever had. I discovered in greater measure the truth of God’s Word when it says it is more blessed to give than to receive. The joy of Christmas didn’t end there; as the season passed and I continued to flip through the catalogue and pray for my Brothers and Sisters in Christ as well as for those who they were reaching out their hands to serve, my eyes rested on a picture of a large truck with missionaries happily driving. This truck had driven 800,000 km over some of the roughest terrain and had gotten God’s Word and God’s equipment to some of the most remote places of India. I felt God’s whisper in my heart. They needed a new truck. Certainly Lord. Maybe with a bit of sarcasm. I mean, did he see the price tag attached to that thing? a grand total of $17,000 was staring from my computer screen. I was a nineteen year old college student. This was beyond my budget. Way beyond.
The thought never left my mind. The truck seemed to drive back and forth in front of my eyes at night and I knew one thing: you don’t say no to God. I started praying. How could I find the $17,000 I needed to purchase this truck? I mean, besides robbing a bank or selling off my parents house?
I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. Then I heard God say, you don’t have to. $17,000 can’t be done alone by one college student. But it could be done by 1,700 people who loved God and could capture the vision I had. If 1,700 people could see the vision I had and give $10 then the missionaries would soon be trekking another 800,000 km on God’s mission. I put $10 towards it. Now I just needed 1,699 more. That is why I am campaigning here today, campaigning on Facebook, campaigning on YouTube and campaigning in churches - to ask you to capture the vision I have of helping our Brothers and Sisters in Christ reach the despised people of India with the hope and love of Jesus Christ as well as a new way to provide an income for their families and help them move from the grip of poverty to the safety of a stable life.
Will you capture the vision?
I want to thank everyone who has, and is choosing, to capture the vision and help me help the Gospel to go Truckin’ Across Asia. Thank you and bless you!