Convictions and Faith

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala (WHNT) -- The Marshall County district attorney recently spent two weeks in India because of a conviction.

It's not the kind that happens in court, it's the kind that happens in church.

Prosecutor Steve Marshall said his mission trip was steeped in faith.

"I really felt led to go on this trip," Marshall said.

"The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) sort of directs us all in some way to be able to make that outreach to those that don't know Christ, to be able to share."

He and five others from Albertville went to the other side of the world to share their faith.

Much of their time was in hill country where Hindu and Buddhist farmers grow tea.

"Really sitting down house to house, and really sharing with them our faith and sharing with them about the gospel, it was an amazing experience," Marshall said.

In one village of about 100 families, Marshall said only one was Christian.

"When you hear that family who is so strong in their faith say the 100th Psalm and thanksgiving and understand the persecution they face in that community, and being ostracized, but that they're willing to give up all of that to be believers in God and follow Christ--it was an amazing experience to be around them," he said.

The influence of the British empire is still evident as many Indians speak decent English--and drink lots of tea--Marshall said, so the language barrier was not a big issue.

"We were able to communicate pretty well and that was a neat thing to be able to talk to folks directly as opposed to it being filtered through the words of a translator," he said.

The Albertville group also did not need a translator for prayers and songs said in Nepali.

"You absolutely know what we're they're saying," Marshall said.

"It's really sort of a remarkable thing to just hear a language that you don't understand and yet feel completely engaged in what they're doing."

A Montgomery-based group, TREC, organized the trip which included visits to an orphanage school as well as a leper colony.

"People were amazingly hospitable, and provided us with everything we needed while we were there. It was just a very simple time away from cell phones and technology and TVs and radios and what have you, to be very specific and focused not only in our time with God but being able to share with others what the faith was with us," Marshall said.

He took with him a Bible given to the district attorney's office a few years ago, so as to have something with him representing his co-workers.

Marshall said one of his favorite moments of the trip was giving it to an Indian family.

"I was able to give to a family in a community in which there were few believers, that gift of scripture from us and to see the joy on [the faces of] that family when I handed them a Bible was amazingly uplifting and something that I will never forget."