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Back from India

I had the time of my life in India! For those of you who prayed for the trip—thank you! It could not have gone better.

I traveled with Compass’ Global Managing Director, Dave Rae, a veteran of 12 trips to India.  He gave me lots of hints on how to survive and thrive on the trip: from the 22 hour plane ride; to only using bottled water to brush my teeth; to closing my eyes when we were traveling in heavy traffic piloted by drivers who could easily compete at the Indy 500.

The highlight of the trip was spending time with the Compass India Director (prefer not to use his name to protect him from persecution) and the stunning team around him. The Director is a world-class leader—godly, humble and sharp as a tack! His board and the staff are equally as impressive.

Dave told me that we’d be used to the maximum and we were. In ten days we traveled to five major cities with populations ranging from 10 to 33 million people. We presented the Money and Marriage God’s way seminar 4 times, spoke to business groups and school children and spent lots of time with the Compass India team. They were using us to help them roll out the English version of the Money and Marriage God’s way and the Hindi version of Navigating Your Finances God’s Way small group studies.

Howard presenting with translator
Howard presenting with translator
Seminar
Seminar

The receptivity of the people was overwhelming. For example, I met a couple (both are architects) that had just become completely debt free. Three years ago they had 8 credit cards at interest of 42-48%! Think about that! All their disposal income was going to pay for the interest! You should have seen the smiles on their faces J

One of our seminars was held in Calcutta two blocks from Mother Teresa’s home. The Compass India Director knew her well and often used to talk with her. On the way to see her home, we passed a 1½ year old baby girl sitting on a dirty little rug all by herself on the busy sidewalk. The Director said, “This is very common. The parents both work and they just leave the child alone until they finish their jobs.” I cannot get the picture of that sweet vulnerable child completely alone.

This is the time for India and her 1.3 billion people—one out of every six people on the planet live there. God is moving and many are coming to know Jesus Christ as their Lord. Please join us in praying for this great country. For a revival and for the Lord to be free to use Compass to the maximum for His purposes and glory. Other than prayer, the biggest need for Compass India is to receive funding to translate the Compass materials into more languages—there are 22 major languages. Please pray for them when the Lord brings them to mind. Thank you!

Love in Christ Jesus,
Howard Dayton

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Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.

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Update from Howard 10/4

Dear Friends,

I trust you are drawing close to Christ and spending time in His word!

Let me bring you current on what’s happening these days:

Oh, my arm is sore! Ouch . . . Got my immunizations for the trip to India, and it took me a full week to recover from the soreness in my shoulders.  Dave Rae (Compass president), Dale Ditto (from Kentucky who has real heart for India) and I will be traveling to India November 3 – 13. The Compass India Managing Director, Richard Samuel, has schedule five Money and Marriage God’s Way seminars for us to present. We also will visit Compass India staff in five major cities, their Board of Directors and a large orphanage. Please pray for a fruitful and safe trip, and that I not eat too much curry.

On the St. John’s River: Spent two wonderful days with Jim Whorton, the Compass Executive Director in Jacksonville, Florida. Jim has been serving Jacksonville and north Florida for more than a decade. It is such an encouragement to see the amazingly capable people that have been called to serve with him. Jim is part of a small group who have been meeting for more than 20 years each week to pray for their community, and the Lord is answering prayers big time . . . Is this something that God might be calling you to do for your city?

Coming soon—Videos on www.compass1.org: We’ve been working for some time on a number of videos introducing Compass, the Navigating Your Finances and Money and Marriage small group studies. We also have videos dealing with Why and How Churches Should Teach God’s Way of Handling Money. The final video presents what the Lord revealed to me about the coming financial Crisis. The web designer has the videos and they should be up soon. Check them out . . .

Just One More: I had the privilege of speaking at our local Christian in Public Schools chapter on Saturday and showed the end of the very powerful movie, Schindler’s List. The setting is Nazi Germany during WWII, and the main character is Oscar Schindler, a businessman who ransoms 1,100 Jews scheduled to be sent to the death camps. At the very end of the movie, he receives word that WWII is over. He is surrounded by those he ransomed and is overcome with the realization that he could have done more. He takes off a gold pin on his coat and says, “I could have done more. He would have given me one more. Just one more.”

This really captures the heart of Compass. If everyone who serves with Compass—small group facilitators, coaches, volunteers and our full-time staff—would disciple at least one more each year, producing a financially faithful person who would in turn reproduce him or herself in the life of “just one more” each year . . . the impact over the next 15 years would be stunning!

I hope you’ll consider joining us and committing to reach “just one more” each year.

Warmly in Christ,
Howard

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Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.