Greetings to you in Jesus name!
Austin Christian Fellowship of India (ACFI) is a body of believers and its journey started in 2002 as a small home based fellowship and progressively grew into a group of over 75 families and continues to attract a number of visitors each month. Based on the core tenets of ACFI: Prayer, Children, and Missions, our desire continues to be that we be a praying church, helping to nurture our children in Godly values and principles and be mission minded in supporting missionaries and being the hands and feet of Jesus both locally and globally.
Our church is committed to offering a safe and secure environment for all and serves the community through a number of constituent ministries. Our church members engage, encourage and equip each other to grow spiritually and care for each other’s needs through small area care groups. We have Indian regional language Bible studies occurring throughout the year. We conduct watch night prayer service each month and special services throughout the year. We have a curriculum based children’s ministry from toddlers to high school and our children support local outreach by visiting senior living facilities. We partner with local churches in Austin and other sister cities in Texas. In times of natural disaster(s), we partner with established organizations to reach out to those in need. Through the faithful giving of our members we support 8 different missions in India.
Our theme for this year is from Luke 1:37, “Nothing shall be impossible with God”. Every promise from God shall surely come true. In the passage of Luke 1:26-38, the angel Gabriel gives amazing news of seemingly impossible future events to Zechariah the elderly Jewish priest and Mary the young virgin girl. Mary has already concluded that it WILL take place. She just cannot understand how it WILL be possible given the circumstances? Mary TRUSTED the Lord to accomplish the great miracle he had promised! Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Mary was OBEDIENT and ACKNOWLEDGED Him. Just as she acknowledged in Luke 1:38, we are the Lord’s servants in ACFI. God wants to use us. If we want to be used by God…we will find that there is a deeply personal dimension… but there is also a shared dimension on one level, it is ultimately personal…but never entirely.
Scripture spoke to Jeremiah: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27) Let us acknowledge, believe, and trust that there is nothing that is hard for our God. Let us regurgitate what Jesus said in Mark 10:27, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Not only that everything is possible for Him, He will extend it and let us move mountains (impossible thing!) if we have faith like a mustard seed. God can do everything!
We hosted Austin Desi Christmas 2018 , our annual outreach event, to reach out to the South Asian diaspora. Our church had the privilege of sharing the Christmas message with many families who attended. We will be hosting special services and events throughout 2019. If you are in the area, we invite you to come, visit with us and be blessed.
We are so honored to have our senior pastor, Dr. Samuel Madavaraj, serving ACFI since 2014. However, he informed the congregation that he will be leaving the position early this year to spend more time with his family. ACFI is prayerfully seeking applicants (http://www.acfi.cc/employment/) for a new full-time Senior Pastor to shepherd our church.