Living the Crucified Life
I had the privilege of spending my evening with an amazing person. C.V. Vadavanna (pronounced Wadawanna) is a rare leader and humble servant of the Most High God. He is currently in the Twin Cities as part of his doctoral program and came to speak with our seniors at Edinbrook last night. A few of us had dinner with him preceding that.
I was again amazed at what a strong and gentle leader he is–one who is accomplishing great things for the Kingdom of God in India, but with such
simplicity and humility. He is:
- Leading a network of orphanages in the poorest places of India (remember Slum Dog Millionaire? He has one in that city in the area that movie depicts. It’s just like that…)
- Training pastors, leading seminaries, organizing schools for children, and has raised up centers for special needs children.
- Involved in giving away wheel chairs to the lame. The 65,000 so far have completely changed the lives of each recipient. There is little quality of life for those handicapped in this way and no hope of ever getting a chair.
- Constantly organizing compassion and relief efforts for those suffering all over India, especially when disaster strikes an area.
- The author of 26 books so far, and the leader of Sathyam Publishing House which produces Christian books and literature for India. Christian material is a rarity in India, by the way.
- Organizing leadership and training conferences for pastors all over India.
- Helping to reach unreached people in India. This is how we have the privilege at Edinbrook to be in the middle of reaching the unreached Reang people there.
He is like a modern Paul. He is an example of one sold out for Christ. He is empowered by the Spirit to rattle our world for the glory of God.
I want to say with Paul and C.V., “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me,” Galatians 2:20.
Now, Lord, help me live it for your glory…