Monday, December 27, 2010
“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.”
"What's India like?" people ask. Well, from the moment I step off the plane there's a buzzing inside me - like electricity looking for a way of escape. The familiar smell of the air and the sights and sounds of this busy place are a welcomed experience .... a long awaited homecoming of sorts. The people are gentle and curious and desperate all at the same time. The villages are crowded and dirty. Many live in filth..... and there's a smell ..... that indescribable aroma that permeates every inch. There's a lack of personal space and the uneasiness of feeling every eye on you wherever you go - this is India.
We saw the power of God move in people's lives - we witnessed miracles and daily received lists of praise reports from the congregations we visited .... excitedly telling us of all the answered prayers.(Praise Reports 1, Praise Reports 2, Praise Reports 3, Praise Reports 4)
Although we were involved in a minor car accident and were a little uncertain about whether or not we would be able to board our flight on time due to terrorist activity in the north, we were safe and protected and since we've come home ... we're missing the people so badly that we can't wait to go back to India :)
People have asked me "What impacted you most?" I have a hard time answering that question because there are so many things that have touched me in ways I can't describe. One thing that stands out though is the expectant faith the people we ministered to have ..... it reminds me of a few scriptures in the book of Matthew (Matthew 9:22, 9:29, and 15:28) Matthew 9:29
* But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
*Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”
*Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
What an encouragement this trip has been! I so look forward to returning to India - but even more than that, I look forward to seeing others step out and experience a missions trip .....
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
I wanted to say "Thank you and God bless you" to everyone who contributed in this missions trip - all your prayers, finances, and hard work have made an impact on so many lives..... may He reward you abundantly!
Have a blessed week!
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