Friday, May 29, 2009

Today is our first day in our new city. We are now where we will be for the next 6 weeks. It is a bit overwhelming at first. We are in the older section of town that is still very Muslim. Much of the architecture still reflects the Muslim heritage. At the same time this city is known for its devout Hindus.

We were in Delhi only a week but we saw so much. The Father really used that time to prepare us and teach us how to reach out in this culture. We were able to visit with some Muslim guys that had a lot of questions about "Issah" or Jesus. After the first night of meeting with them, they asked us to come back the next night because they wanted to know more. We had another great night of discussion. We showed them the Word and let it speak for itself. It was amazing to see the Father's Word as He says it is, "living and active." I saw as it cut these men deep into their souls. We left the next day but we will continue to lift up these three as we continue our work here.

When we arrived last night we were able to go out and walk around and begin building relationships with those in our area. Because of the intense heat during the day (110F or more) people come out later in the evening, so we use this time to interact with the people. Last night we were able to talk to a group of guys our age and we told them we want to come back tonight and visit them. Continue to lift us up as we start the initial stages of building relationships. Lift up specifically that our relationships would lead to conversations about the Truth and the Word. I feel a bit overwhelmed right now because our city has over 6 million people in it. The task feels too big, but it will not be our power that produces anything. I was really encouraged this morning by Jeremiah 1. I encourage you to read it and lift it up over us.

Internet here is pretty good and and its about 30 cents an hour. So hopefully I can keep regular updates going. Thanks for all the support so far. It should be amazing to see what the Father does in the coming weeks.

Grace and Peace

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My First Blog from India!

Namaste everyone! I am sitting in the basement of an internet cafe as I type this blog. There is a small fan here cooling the 90 degree night air here in New Delhi. It has been sensory overload sense the day we arrived. So many different sights, smells and sounds. I am a foreigner. When I walk down the street people stare because, with white skin I am the odd ball. It has been wonderfully meeting all of the people that are doing summer projects with me. The "workers" have truly been a blessing to meet and learn from. We have already had an opportunity to share the Good New with people and pray with others in Jesus' name. It is no lie that this is a land full of spiritual darkness. In just the few blocks around our hotel there are several Hindu temples including a giant 50' statue of Hanuman a monkey God. There is a temple in the middle of this statue that me and some other "workers" visited today. It was truly eye opening and heart breaking to see so many people putting their hope of salvation in the hands of idols made of stone, metal and wood. This was a first for me; to see actually real idol worship. It truly broke my heart and made me even more burdened for the lost in the country. I can say however that the Father is up to something here and His Son is alive and well even in the midst of such darkness. Continue to lift me and my team up as we embark on this journey through the power of the Spirit.

Grace and Peace

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Just a few updates

Namaste friends and family. There have been some pretty big developments in my trip since the last time I updated you. Originally I was supposed to be in the Himalayas researching areas to start church planting movements, but there were some complications with that project and it had to be cancelled. I will now be working in a more southern region of the country. My team now consists of a full time worker and one other student worker. We will be focusing our work on unreached groups of Muslims in the area. Working with Muslims is very different from what I was originally expecting on this trip but I feel like the Father has really gone before me to put me exactly where he wants me to be. It would be very easy to get anxious or worried about getting moved to a new location at the last minute, but I have learned that when the Father changes plans or directs you down a certain path it is always for our good and his glory if we submit to his will. I'm sure I will continue to learn this throughout my trip. I just want to say thank you to all of you who have expressed excitment in being involved in the work that will be happening. Your financial partnerships in this work means so much to me as well as your needed prayer support. Jesus said that "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." I truly believe that your partnership in this work is evidence of the attitude of your heart. I'll be flying out of Atlanta at 3:50pm on Thursday the 21st. I hope to be able to give you an update soon after I get on the ground. Stay tuned for what I know is going to be a truly awesome summer.

Grace and Peace