From Mumbai or Macedonia?

I’ve been invited to come to India and be the main speaker at a Pastor’s Conference! Here’s the email I received.

My Beloved Pastor Rick Wenneborg,

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have gone through your website and I am blessed through your site and I am an ambassador of Christ. We are praying for you and our churches are praying all your family and your church. We are going to arrange Pastors conference and Revival Outreach Meetings in Month of March 2nd to March 10th-2020. We would like to invite you as Guest main speaker of our all Meetings. Please come to India to preach the word of God and please encourage all our pastors and to share gospel to unbelievers. Please give my regards to your family. I would like to hear from you as soon.

Yours in Christ, Pastor John Prasad

I have to admit my ego was stroked. Our website is being read in India, and they want me to come speak! I have preached in Mexico and Jamaica when there, but I’ve always thought it’s better to support someone who knows the Lord, the Word, and the culture, than for me to go to a foreign country as a guest speaker. So I quickly decided I would simply thank him for his invitation, and encourage him to use whatever he found helpful from our website. Then I decided to see if I could find anything about him on the internet. There were over a million and a half results, and the first one was a video entitled,“John Prasad AGCM FRAUD.”

The video was produced by a man who took his family to India to work in Prasad’s orphanage. He said after being there a short time they noticed that many of the “orphans” were going home to their parents at night, and that Prasad could not be trusted. A pastor from London disagreed, emphatically stating that Prasad was not a fraud. He had gone there in 2010 and had participated in a very successful outreach. Then I found copies of letters sent to others that were just like the one I had received.

It would appear that Prasad is trolling for pastors to come to India, and making sure they have successful meetings. In turn they become enthusiastic supporters of his ministry, and expand his “global outreach.”

Obviously an email from a man India is nothing like the vision Paul had of a man from Macedonia saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

God Bless, Rick

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