Someone Else is Sharing the Well

Sometimes I can put the sights and sounds of India in the back of my head somewhere. Sometimes I can ignore the pulling in my heart toward that place, the men, women, children.  The never ending fields of rice and women in saris bent over, harvesting it. The women in saris serving me tea, giving all they have just to put a smile on my face and some nourishment in my belly. I can put it away for awhile, but the tug is always there.

Today, the tug is fierce. If you are on Facebook, you may have seen the picture floating around of a father standing on his daughter’s dead body. It was cruel and horriffic, but so utterly symbolic of what is happening in many parts of the world as we sip our lattes and drive our mini vans to soccer practice with a car full of iPod listening, gum-chewing tweens.

It’s when these two worlds collide that I am jolted awake most often.  I just finished reading K.P. Yohanan’s book, “No Longer A Slumdog“.  Gospel for Asia is reaching out to impoverished children, starting centers around India called “Bridge of Hope”. They provide water, education, micro finance training, health and hygiene classes, etc. We are doing all of these things in Southern India as well, but they are doing it on a much larger scale, over a large portion of India.  The stories he told in this book are awful. In one story, he said that a group of mother’s travelled to a local market to sell their 50 children.  They were not trying to financially benefit from the sale of their children, they were just trying to keep them alive.

He says, “Some are shocked by the statistic that there are 50 million child laborers in India alone, or that 1.2 million children are trafficked as slaves and prostitutes every single year.”

I pray every day that God would shine His light in the darkest places of India and around the world. In corners and alleys where children are being bought and sold. In fields where children as young as 4 and 5 are working 12 hour days only to get one bowl of rice at the end of the day.  I pray that God would give us the tools to reach these children, tell their stories, speak up for those who can’t.

The tug is fierce today, and I can’t get away from it.

If you want to read the stories that Rob and I  have written about church planters in India, our book Share the Well is available on Amazon here  If you can’t afford the $20, let me know and I’ll hook you up.  Every penny made goes back to India to help men and women church planters in Southern India. 

Feeling Like A Give Away

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Congrats to Elle White! Giveaway is now closed, but there will definitely be more chances in the near future!

We had so much fun last week at the Exponential conference in Orlando.  Rob did a phenomenal job speaking, and telling the story of GCC and what we are up to around the world.  Jeanna came along to sell our Share The Well books, and I got to sit at the table with her for a bit.  It was so fun to tell the story of our book over and over again.

I listened to a few stories of church planters doing amazing things around the world, and was so inspired, I started giving away our books to a few of them.

Don’t worry, when I give away books, the church doesn’t pay for them, Rob and I do, and NO, we don’t get a discount.  We believe so much in our book and what it is doing to help church planters in India, we love paying full price for a book that we have written without being paid.  Is that funny or what?

Want a copy of Share the Well?   I just so happen to have an extra, and I’d love to give it to someone.  Just leave me a comment and tell me why you want it, and I will choose a winner on Friday!

Mark Beeson took the photo of me, Sheila and Jeanna. I like it because I love the two people in the photo with me so much.  🙂

Sharing The Song

Share The WellWhen Rob and I first went to India in 2002, we were blown away by the "at home" feeling we got when we were there. We knew immediately that God wanted us to plant our feet there for awhile and build relationships.

That Christmas, Rob took me to Indy to see Andrew Petersen’s Behold the Lamb concert at this teeny tiny church. There could not have been more than 100 people there.  It was small, intimate, and filled our hearts to overflowing.

Caedmon’s Call was also there, and they played songs from the Share The Well album. While they were playing these amazing songs about their experience in India, we felt God’s anointing such a profound way.  Ever since that day, we have had such a deep heart connection with that album that is really unexplainable.  Our kids know and love all the songs along with us.

When Rob said that he wanted to name our book “Share the Well”, I knew down to my toes that it was perfect.  We  made numerous attempts to contact somebody, anybody from Caedmon’s Call to let them know we were using the title "Share the Well" just to be respectful of them.  We couldn’t really reach anyone because everyone in the band is sort of off working on their own projects now.

Sunday night I get this message from my best friend from high school: 

I’m sitting here with Randall Goodgame and we showed him your book. He would love to talk to you guys (he wrote the song share the well for Caedmon’s). Could you send me some phone numbers for you and Rob? I’ll pass the info on to him.

She then explained:

Randall stopped by with his kids just to hang out (they live 2 streets over) and it did not occur to me to show it to him (no idea he was connected to Caedmon’s). Russ walks by it while we were gathering his kids together and says, "Hey, have you seen this book Share the Well?" Randall takes it and looks it over and gets tears in his eyes. He just loves the people of India and was so excited about seeing the book.

Is God awesome or what?  There is no way we could have orchestrated those events.  So grateful for seeing God’s hand at work in all of this.  We are so grateful that the guy who wrote the song was blessed by seeing the people of India that he loves so much in a book with a title that means so much to him.

Sharing It


Congrats to Stacy Bice!  She is the winner of this giveaway.  Don’t worry if you didn’t win!  We’ll do another one again soon.

Rob and I sincerely wish we could give every single one of our friends, family, and readers a copy of Share The Well.  We have given a few away to our moms and dads, mentors, etc., but for every one we give away, we pay the same as everyone else– $20.  If we gave one away to everyone we love, we’d have to quit feeding our kids.

So, here is the first opportunity for you to get your own copy of Share The Well, the book Rob and I have written about Granger’s Church planting movement in Southern India.

All you have to do to enter is go to, poke around a bit and leave me a comment with your thoughts and impressions of our new site.

If you post a tweet or Facebook update about the giveaway, you’ll be entered an extra time for each.  Just be sure to let me know!

If you don’t feel like jumping through the hoops to get a free book, you can order your own copy from Wired Churches here .  There will also be lots of copies available at the GCC bookstore this weekend if you’re a local friend.

We will choose a winner Monday morning, February 7.

It’s Finally Here!

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The book Rob and I have been working on for months is finally here!  So many friends have given countless hours of their time to make this project a reality.  If you’d like a copy, you can order it at right now.  It will be available at Amazon any day here.  If you live in the Michiana area, you can pick up your copy at the GCC bookstore.

Here’s what Mark Beeson had to say:

SHARE THE WELL is brilliant. It’s a "must read" for every pastor, missionary and church-multiplication-strategist. It explains the essence of GCC’s model of church planting, modular missional coaching and innovative community transformation, with brilliant writing and stunning photography.

Every family at GCC should own a copy of this book.

Every pastor in America should own this book.

Everyone longing to participate in a movement that started with a handful of people in Granger, Indiana that has surged to over 120,000 followers of Jesus gathering in 950 churches in Tamil Nadu, India, should own this intriguing compilation of stories, pictures and truth.

Here’s what Mark Waltz had to say:

The story has been over ten years in the making. The book was conceptualized, lived, photographed and written over the past few months. Rob and Michelle Wegner wrote the story. A story of hope turned kingdom reality, a story of salvation that extends beyond any one individual to an entire community… and beyond.

And our good friend Dale Shafer wrote about it on his blog: 

After reading each of the stories in this book, I quickly realized that this is far more than just a collection of photos and commentary on taking Christ to the people of India. I read it cover to cover, taking in the stunning photos of familiar faces, and finding myself emotionally moved by the power of God flowing through the lives of the men and women who are sharing the well in India.

I’m so excited to hear what YOU have to say after you read the book.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll be giving one away here soon.  🙂