Reverend Edi Wassmer grew up in a traditional church and entered into a Baptist seminary. Personal studies, miraculous personal experiences and relationships with great men and women of God has helped him to draw closer to the miracle working God of the Bible. The impact of the revelation of the miracle working power of Gods love has caused him to dedicate his life to teaching the Word of God wherever it is needed. Rev. Wassmer, his wife Ida an their children have traveled the world to teach and demonstrate the love and Word of God to the sick, the brokenhearted, the poor and the forgotten.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
our mission to india
During the last 14 years, we have traveled many times to India to fulfill the calling that God has placed on this ministry. We have been blessed to experience how the Holy Spirit has transformed a disease-ridden, deprived forgotten area called Chinamamidipalli into a virtual paradise where children und adults celebrate an experience the knowledge and godness of God.
The journey to this current transformation was paved with numerous obstacles that would have caused many to faint and even question if they heard correctly from God.
An let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Galatians 6,9
OUR MISSION BEGINS
We begin our trip in Bombay. Our arrival time is typically 3 o'clock in the morning. The time does not hide the vastly different world that we have now entered. We are greeted by pushing porters grabbing our suitcases. We were herded into an overcrowded bus transport. The ride is hot, an the scenery dismal and saddening. We pass neighborhoods where the enemy has wrapped the veil of abject of poverty. We saw tent homes made of rags on streets paved with sewerage spewing from open gutters.
Our connecting flight form the National Airport was not scheduled for departure for several hours. We decided to wait in the lobby of a nearby airport hotel. On our way to hotels coffee shop we were quite surprised to see rats casually scavenging in the lobby. My wife screamed... Dutifully I informed the hotel attendant about the rats. His response was even bigger surprise; 'Sir, thats quite alright, they are holy'. He was referring to the pagan idol God Shiva, an elephant had atop a human body riding a rat. We wondered if they were aware that rats are notorious for carrying and spreading diseases. We realized how a different world we have entered now. We realized the importance of introducing Jesus to this world. We had entered a world suffering from the wages of the worship of false gods and pagan practices This is the mission field that our ministry has been called to impact the Word an the Love of God.
And I shall surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they have turned to all other Gods.
The two-hour connecting flight was followed by a night journey by train for twelve solid hours.
The railway station had black rats the size of cats with tails one foot long. The dirt floors were tiled with sleeping individuals.
We were and would be the only Europeans for the next few weeks which would be seen among the thousand of indigenous people. At the station we were blanketed by the beggars; some who had purposely chopped off their arms in order to engender greater sympathy from travelers; hungry mothers with babies meandered around us; abandoned toddlers and children frightened desperately reached out to us for crumbs and a little bit attention. Our hearts cringed at the pain evident in their physical lives and in those quick glances we saw the desperation in their eyes as they asked for pennies in order to survive another day.
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Proverbs 19,17
THE TRAIN RIDE
The train wagon was far from luxurious. The rest room was a hole in the floor of the train, not really recommended. The wall seemed to be painted with insects of all sizes and origins. We secured our luggage with the locks and steel wires found under the train benches; yet in the middle of the night robbers, at times, still succeed. Sleeping, needless to say an by risky but....
He who dwelled in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.' He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and the perilous pestilence. Psalms 91, 1-3
The morning rays revealed the natural beauty of India. The fertile land, however, is full of poverty stricken villages littered with ramshackle homes. Families liv in homes which lack common sanitation, leaking roofs are made of beds of leaves to cover children who can been seen playing along side the pigs. This was an immense contrast to the majestic, well detailed Hindu temples. We continued until we finally arrived at our destination, the all but forgotten town of Chinamamidipali.
And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. 1 Corinthians 9, 23
We experienced a warmly welcoming by our brothers and sisters along with all the children of the orphanage. They greeted us with the singing and carefully gathered flowers. What a wonderful transformation God has empowered us to help bring about in the lives of the people in the villages where we work.
When we rescued the children from the streets they suffered from malnutrition, skin diseases, lice, intestinal worms, tuberculosis, and many other types of diseases caused by living in such poor conditions. For weeks, my wife and daughter Evangeline, a pediatrician, provided daily medial care for the children until their physical, mental and emotional healths began to improve.
...'Assurdely, I say to you, inasmuch as you dis it to one of the least of these my Brethren, you did it to me." Matthew 25, 40
We began ministering the Word in the evenings at crusades that drew over 10'000 people nightly from the surrounding towns and villages. There was such a great hunger by those wo attended that we taught seminars to over 500 men during the days in tents. As a result of the tremendous response to the teaching of the Word, God has given us a vision for a bible school. We began to build the school and the construction was completed in Juni 1999. In the meantime many 'new' pastors and evangelists have been equipped and gone out into Indias great harvest.
Go ye therefore, and teach all the nations. Matthew 28, 19
We are committed to meet the hunger and thirst for the Word of God in this area. We want to continue the wonderful harvest of man, many souls in this country.
We invite you to become a Charter Partner with us in prayer and financial support as we continue to meet the growing demand of perspective students for EWM Word and Spirit Bible School. The expansion of the Bible school will allow us to meet to goal of 1000 pastors. Your partnership will allow us to expand the orphanage and continue to resuce children by providing much needed medial care, food, school, supplies, clothing, bibles, and simple items such as toys.
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