A Man after God’s Own Heart (A follow-up on Mark Langham)

One of the true definitions of a hero is that he would never really want to be called one.  His life would speak for itself.  As some of you may recall, several months ago, I wrote a blog post on a really interesting guy that many of you have read and been inspired by.  You can find it here https://devotions4misfits.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/the-sheep-in-wolves-clothing/

It was only my 3rd ever blog post to write and it is still being read daily by lots of people.  Well, allow me the opportunity to give you a follow-up on our brother, Mark Langham.

You know, only a very few times in our short lives do we meet someone who really makes us scratch our heads in wonder. It is almost as if God has placed them in our lives as a reminder that there is still good in our world.  Mark is one of those people.  Knowing him has truly been a blessing and I wish that each of you could sit down with him for just a few minutes to hear his heart.

Mark is doing something pretty amazing.  He decided a few weeks ago to turn his life in a direction that few could ever go.  He is leaving everything he has ever known and moving to Rayagada, India.  There, he will be spending his life rescuing children from the streets. Having been to India myself, I’ve seen the tremendous need and poverty there among the people. Knowing Mark, this decision does not surprise me at all.

Narges K. Ashtari of the Prishan Foundation

His extensive work through his organization, Conspiracy of Hope, has been a passion of his for a long, long time.  But now he has met, and partnered up with another person of like heart and mind, Narges K. Ashtari.  Her organization, The Prishan Foundation is actively building and supporting an orphanage in the Indian city.  Together, Mark and Narges plan to make an incredible impact on the lives of many little girls.  Here is what he had to say in his own words.

What would you say is the main reason for the path you have chosen?

Gods relentless love for children and my own passion for kids- to see them free from harm and safe in a loving family.
What are some of the things that you have done to prepare yourself for your new life?
Well beyond the mundane and the practical, I have sold just about everything I own. I have sent out support letters, a first for me! And I have spent a lot of time just meditating on the country of India, the children, the exploitation. Of course hours of prayer and orienting my heart with God’s. That sort of thing.
What will you be doing when you get there?
Well, most of the day-to-day construction will be handled by local contractors, as far as the home build goes. I will help out in any capacity that is needed. I will mostly be spending as much time as possible with the girls, learning the language and the culture. At some point we will begin to go to the surrounding areas to search for children that have been discarded or worse. We will do everything we can to get them into a loving family.
Will you be there forever? Will you visit back here too?
I will be there for three months initially. Then it all depends on Visa requirements and funding. But it will be home. It is my desire to be in India for the rest of my days. Such a wondrous place and yet so many troubles. I hope Narges and I can truly make a difference in the lives of exploited children for many years to come.
If someone wants to support you in your efforts, how can they do so?
Monetarily, they can mail a check to 104 Black Knight Rd Ellisville, MS 39437 or make a Paypal donation to milkspiller@hotmail.com. If they would like to support Prishan Foundation directly they can at www.prishanfoundation.com. As far as spiritually, all the prayers they will send up, for the children in harm’s way in India, for rescue, restoration and hearts made whole by Love.
Speaking of prayer, what are some specific prayer needs that we can be praying for you and Narges about?
For wisdom and safety. For opportunity to discharge the passion of our hearts. Mostly just more prayers for the kids. That they will be kept safe until they are rescued. That is my hearts singular, ceaseless cry.
Any final thoughts?
Just that life is short, fragile, and yet eternal. That we have in our power, each of us the gifts, callings, resources to bear the burden of those bent so far beneath their load. And there is no greater honor than serving others in humility, ‘cept maybe for serving children!

On a personal note… I want to say that this guy is for real.  He is the real deal-as humble as I’ve ever met.  His motives are on the up and up, his heart is sincere and he truly needs our prayers.  At the time I am writing this, Mark only has a week before he flies out.  Please pray for his health, his work and the kids that are the object of his passion.  Pray for Narges, her health, and her work!  If you would like to have Mark come speak in your church or other civic group when he is back in the States, please contact him through his links above or you can contact me and I will get you in touch.

Mark, I am honored to call you brother, blessed to call you friend, and my life is richer because you have been a part of it.  May God richly bless you and all you come in contact with. भगवान तुम्हें आशीर्वाद दे भाई (God bless you Brother- in Hindi)

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~ by Scott Herrin on January 4, 2012.

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