[Music] [Music] you guys all think India’s dirty right but India is changing we have swatch butter we have these other clean India campaigns and some cities have taken it to heart more than others like Indore Madhya Pradesh or this eco village here in Nagaland it’s the green eco village we’re going to visit right now as soon as we find it right there Sumer and what a sumo is is a four-wheel drive taxi which you just cram as many people into it as possible that’s gonna be an experience let’s do it right now hey we found a sumo I actually don’t know if it’s a sumo yet it might be a private vehicle you might be hitchhiking right now let’s see we just flag down whatever we could find that’s what a sumo looks like jam-packed two people and bags on top oh right hey sure thank you so much thank you guys so much for picking us up we really appreciate it and what are you doing here great thank you so much for your hospitality you’re a Good Samaritan then that’s what you are I always wanted to come here and kind of see the Indian tribal people and the culture and how they live in advance and the music did you hear about the missionary who went to North Sentinel island recently yes so that was a very yes very strange thing he was a combat medic um interesting yes yeah maybe a bit too much committed okay little bit a little bit I think we’re talking about somebody different this guy Mike Chow he went to North Sentinel island here in India and it’s where these tribal people live and they haven’t been contacted by the outside world at all and they’re protected by the Indian government you’re not allowed to visit them else because they are protect the people in dinner when Outsiders coming in because lost and Outsiders came in they kidnapped the number of the villagers emmys and they were died and so these people are untouched they’ve never been it’s never really met civilization so they’re protected and this guy went there and they warned them by shooting arrows at him but he kept going and he landed on their small little island and anyone who lands he gets killed straight away like fishermen have landed there by mistaken that you get killed by them because they’re very afraid of the outside world so he went there yes he went there knowing he shouldn’t be going there and that’s what happened to unfortunately and you’re say death is no threat although I’m not looking for yeah no I’m not ready to meet whoever’s there yet I just like a little more time here yeah yeah exactly you gotta be ready because you never know especially on these roads Oh the improved lasers were read how to raise the gospel of this headhunting is seen Killingly seen so God loves us i policy that was the gospel so they happily took that gospel and went to next village and we didn’t thirty years time you are about 100 mysteries or evangelist your own American is 9/10 peace 1950 this mysteries planted about 1000 on shifted thousands of discharges Wow this is Papa ninety-nine point [Music] some Michelin is reliable I had had their starter soul hunters yeah if not today we’ll be killing one another oh I’m glad you’re not doing that missionaries when they go to remote places they literally local language for their town he translate the Bible into those local language translated by our campus with a help okay but seeing this great transformation is going on in in their government kakaw old American histories from 1950 okay are they still doing that because it’s BJP empower 2010 American missionaries allowed to visit [Music] yeah before 2010 no you can visit anywhere in India but not heartland evening government is so scare that yep all the Indians nah got some freedom Kristin already become Krishna yeah [Music] if Nagas get some kinds of training from my god convert all the Christina all the Hitler invades into festivities of a Sofia yeah in 30 years time order four billion people yep you get the feeling the government is trying to oppose that [Music] yes dormant title of course and by making us poor oh that’s why there’s no rose in debt because fine at the same time affecting an everyday they were happy now an army Oh separatists humane we don’t call them separatists what do you pull them history by force india meg now got to be under Indian okay okay India also provide special clothes on your constitute Indian Constitution yeah yes you know that’s when we have a different constitutional so Indians can come and live and do business here yeah but that also stopping businesses starting up here and I well coming into the region we can close any business if you don’t pay taxes how are they going to therapy routes see like the tanks the holy text in governmental get lease whatever goods they bring from Kolkata yeah from that Goodson insolence Len takes no nothing government doesn’t have enough funds to provide all these services to you’re sounding like BJP here come on Modi supporter Modi supporter they leave their back in Delhi please yeah in in some other ways in other way they are extracting our patronum mm that’s a resources natural resources a lot of natural resources and wrapping down all those trees and stones all these minerals and mining going on here they have to take permission from the villages races we have and you get to share from that yeah such a complicated region and all the difference for the take center yeah you are the separate ministry for the Maltese it’s complicated I know I’m going to have it yeah not because I’m good but because what just did for me ah you sure he died in cool good I’m happy for you [Music] yeah I’ll work it out eventually I never have to make a choice who to believe I like everybody I find nice things in Islam I find nice things in Hinduism I find nice things in Buddhism there’s nice things about every religion I find in Christianity – nice ideas I mean you know it’s your choice yeah yeah exactly yeah did not believe that Jesus was dog from my central idea that stuff yeah so am i heard of that I knew I had sin my sin did bother me and then I realized I sitting it’s a holy God I responded to the gospel I accept the Lord as my savior but the reason I did that I tell you what I tell you what put all together for me and he’s alive he rolls through that on the third day yep I don’t have what that safer I did before when I was following the dead Savior God and his resurrection is proof that what he said and did for us was accepted by God his payment for my sin I’m forgiven through them yes we’ve outreach I’m taken he is the only one that offers life as a gift everyone else offers and conditions to receive it yeah I certainly don’t deserve it but yet he offers his love to me he offers grace to me and so I’ve got a risen Savior that’s what really spoke to my heart and there’s such relief when you do trust the Lord as your Savior my life changed okay thank you so much god bless you goodbye thank you thank you thank you yes we will if not in heaven I’m in heaven oh my god those people were really interesting they were good Samaritans helping us out but they were also Christian separatists who are trying to free Nagaland away from the Indian government and so it was a really interesting experience to sit with them and hear their side of the story and so this two sides to the strength is the tip for the side they want a free Nagaland a free Christian Nagaland then is the other side which is the government side the Hindu government side in NATO one from any of this they weren’t not going to save part of India it’s a both sides of work against each other to achieve what they want and I don’t know who’s right or who’s wrong as conflict so I’ll just leave it at that and you guys make up your own mind okay [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] welcome to Konoha Karuma is right behind this sign on the left here [Applause] my message for you is I love you no matter what religion caste or creed that you are the important thing is is that we treat each other fairly and that we respect each other we treat each other fairly and we respect each other’s beliefs then we can all live peacefully together and we can keep India United India should remain as one we should all remain united we have to treat each other fairly and respect each other to do that guys [Music] you [Music]
“Word on Fire Show” … With me in the back seat of the car, descending down the Scottish and now English landscape is Bishop Robert Barron. Bishop? This is crazy … I had this trip written in my diary more than a year ago … And then they invited me to speak at the World Family Meeting and so, about 10 days ago, we were in Ireland. But it actually turned into a missionary trip to the United Kingdom and … When you come across the sea and give a speech, you are actually evangelizing. So we made these amazing videos to show the beauty of faith in action in these countries. Thank you for your presence, for your great response today. That means a lot to the Church, which, as you know, is going through painful times. I thought a lot about what I would say … And what kept coming back to me was: “He’s talking about Jesus.” “He’s talking about Jesus.” You see, Christianity is not originally a philosophy. Christianity is a relationship with this Jesus. Therefore, the renewal of the Church must always first have to do with the return to Jesus Christ. Where do we learn this? In a family, where everyone looks not at themselves, but at God together. The human heart is dependent on God. When we forget God, something extremely bad happens to human beings. When Christ is the center of our lives then the rest of our lives tends toward harmony around that center. When the Son of Man is exalted, it will attract all people to itself. The separating power of sin is overcome by the mighty work of God’s gathering. The Church is not interested in spiritual mediocrity. It calls people to holiness. Being holy means being heroically virtuous, right? To love is not a feeling, a feeling, nor is it love for myself through another. To love means to come out of the black hole of my self-consideration, which draws everything into itself, and to really want the good of another. After the word of consecration, the holiest words in the Mass are: “Ite, missa est.” “Go, Mass is over!” No one in the Bible is given the experience of God without a mission. Everyone in the Bible, after meeting the Lord – is sent! So we, we who believe in Jesus Christ have this immense responsibility to proclaim him! After we received the body and blood of the Lord, we ate and drank from it, we are sent. And today you don’t have to cross the ocean to get to the mission area, do you? As soon as you walk out the door of any church in the Western world, you are in a missionary country. People who lose their sense of God, their sense of the transcendent … They need us! We who are baptized at Mass we are now sent to the Christian world. Go and bring the light you have seen, bring to the world the Christ you have become.
I hear a lot of Christians who, whether their students of mine
or people I’ve met, who have said, you know, they’re going to another country to go on a mission trip.
They’re going to go during winter break or spring break and they’re gonna, you know, bring the love of Jesus, or bring some Bibles,
or maybe try to help build some shelters or something. And so there’s this ambivalence I have
regarding mission trips. And what always comes to my mind, and maybe this is just
because I am a teacher, is this program called
Teach For America. And Teach For America
is this thing that a lot of students do, especially elite students, you know, at the best schools in our
country. They’re from Harvard, Yale, really good schools. And what they decide to do
is after they graduate, they’re going to spend
two years taking a crash course over the summer
learning how to teach. And then they’re going to go into
some of the roughest schools in the country and they’re going to teach those kids
and they make a two-year commitment, minimum, to work with these kids
and educate them. And on paper, that actually looks like
a great idea, that they’re going to– You know, you have
these brilliant minds and they have a passion
for teaching. Obviously, their intentions are wonderful, and they’re
going to go there, and they’re going to help these kids, But the reality of the situation and I’ve seen this article after article,
where former Teach For America, people who either
dropped out of the program or finished it, but had a bitter taste
in their mouths, a lot of them would write these articles about
how they don’t actually think they helped. And the reason is you’re going
into these schools, where the kids need some dedicated teachers,
with experience, who know what they’re doing… Passion is great, but if you don’t actually
know how to, you know, handle a
group of 30 rowdy kids, you may not really be helping them.
And if you don’t know how to teach, and sometimes that takes
a few years to really develop, are you really doing
what’s best for those kids? And so, two years after they finish
their commitment, a lot of these students leave the program, and they go off
to law school, or medical school, or whatever their future
plans were, you know. You hope they’re not
just resume builders, but in some cases that turns out to be the case, where
they went for these two years just so they could look good on an application. And so, they leave these schools,
and these kids end up worse off than where they would have been
with another teacher. A regular teacher went
through a certification process. And you know? All these good intentions
didn’t really go anywhere. So, that’s what I think of when I think of mission trips
because I see these wonderful people who want to do this thing that sounds so great on paper.
They want to go to another country and help these people,
these poor people. And they want to give them…
What? They want to give them Jesus,
they want to give them Bibles, they want to build a church. And I’m thinking like,
“Wow, that’s not what they need.” They need shelter and they need
food and clothing. Clean water. That’s what they need.
And you’re going in there… And are you really helping?
Because it’s not like you land there and all of a sudden
you’re off and running. It takes a little bit to get acclimated to the territory
and to learn about the people you’re trying to help. And so, when you have these,
like, one week mission trips and then you leave, and you get your photo op,
and you feel like you’ve done a good job, I have to ask, like,
“Have you really helped them? Or, “Was this for them
or was this for you?” And I think, in too many cases, these mission trips
are just there for the people who go. It’s there to make them feel good about themselves,
like they really helped, when I don’t think
they always do. It’s there to, you know,
make the church look good, like they’re actually doing something
beyond the church walls to help. I think if people who go on mission trips–
Because, again, these are well-intentioned people, their heart’s in the right place, but if they really
want to help, there’s a couple things
they could do. One is make a serious
long-term commitment. If you’re going to go
to a third world country, stay there for the whole summer.
Take a year off and go there and help. That could actually do something meaningful,
because you have some time to actually get to know them and their environment. That would be beneficial.
And wow! I would find– I would have a very hard time
complaining about a Christian who says, “I’m going there.
Yes, I want to teach them the Bible and stuff
I don’t think really helps. But I’m going to be there for a while.
I really want to help these people out. And we’re gonna, you know, help them with medical supplies
and building a hospital, maybe, somehow, or building a school and educating them
and tutoring them.” That would actually help,
but that requires a long-term commitment. And a lot of
church mission trips they don’t plan
on long-term commitments. But here’s a simpler idea: a lot of these
mission trips cost thousands of dollars.
I mean, these kids have to raise a lot of money, hundreds,
maybe of thousands dollars to go overseas,
and they’re raising that money. Here’s a better idea: take that money
that you fundraised and then put it
in an envelope and send it to a group that is already
working there long-term. Because those people need things that cost some
money, they need those wells to get water. They need supplies and food. And they need people who are going
to stay there for the long haul. They really don’t need you
going there for one week, so you can get some photos
and share them on Facebook. Again, I realized not every
Christian’s doing that, but a lot of them are. And I’ve heard this even
from Christians who don’t like the way mission trips
are done at their church. So, I’m glad their intention is good.
Their heart’s in the right place. But if they’re going there
for a week or two weeks, and especially if they’re going there
just to spread the gospel, they’re not helping anybody. People in the third world are not surviving because
they have a Bible next to them on their bedside. What they need is a bed. So, let’s go out there
and actually help them. And again, I think if churches made an effort
to send people overseas for a long time,
for a serious commitment, it would be very hard
for people like me to say, “Mission trips don’t actually help.” My name is Hemant Mehta.
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