Journey of Compassion ~ India

24 02 2014

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Journey to India!

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Evangelism

These boys on the right are brothers I met in the second village we visited in the Punjab region of India.  The middle boy, Kamil, his beautiful bright smile stood out to me and I kept seeing him and interacting with him throughout the day.  During that evenings open air meeting, I witnessed Kamil raise his little hand and pray the prayer to accept Jesus into his heart.  I was so happy and excited for him.  Oh… and btw, Kamil wasn’t the only one who raised his hand, everyone around had their hand up, too many to count, so amazing.
The next day, next village, Kamil was there again, I was so happy to see him!  At one point in the afternoon, I was surround by kids who were wanting me to pray for them.  I didn’t have a translator with me at this point, but the kids knew a few words and of course the Lord knows exactly what they need.  Kamil continued to bring friend after friend to me and another team member, to pray for them, amazing!  I encouraged Kamil, that he could pray for his friends himself,  that Jesus works through him the same as me.  

I believe this little guy will be a future leader and evangelist in India.  Praise The Lord!

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Healings

A small group of us were walking through the village, on the second day of medical clinics, and were invited to go to a woman’s house and pray for her.  She has been in bed, in pain for 25 years.  She let us pray for her and after prayer said the pain left and she was able to lift her legs up for the first time in years!  Tears of amazement and joy streamed down her face.

We were able to visit her again two days later, before we left the Punjab area and headed back to Chandigarh.  When we came into their house, they prepared a table for us and served us tea and food, very hospitable.  The older woman was in bed still but was happy to see us.  The first thing she did when we went into her room and sat with her, was she started unwrapping her bandaged hand,  and the pain of this task was obvious on her face as she grimaced.  Her hand was badly crippled up and she had to use her other hand to try to straighten it out and bend her fingers.  We prayed for her again and as we did, her hand loosened up and she freely opened and closed her hand and wiggle her fingers.  It was amazing to watch her move her hand around without pain.  Again the tears streamed down her face.  She asked her family to cut bracelets cut off her wrists, which symbolized her worship of other gods  We all rejoiced together!

As we were there, many friends and neighbours came by wanting us to pray for them or for their children.   Our Indian team Pastor, Neetu, pointed out that we were experiencing exactly as written in the bible in Luke chapter 10, to enter the house of peace, stay and accept their hospitality, not moving from house to house, and pray for the sick.  Amazing to take part in this and incredible to see how God, when we do what His Word says, we experience His word come to life.

There were many, many healings, at every clinic, every village, God healed, saved and delivered people.  A mute woman, who was born this way, received her hearing, her mother cried and cried, with tears of joy.  Carried into the medical clinic was a paralyzed woman and she walked out!  One of our nurses reported a person came in with visibly damaged ear drums and after prayer the ear drums were restored, like new!  Many, many headaches, back aches, knee pain, shoulder pain, and so on, pain gone, person healed.  Every person healed was lead to the Lord, the God who just gave them the gift of healing, had another, greater gift for them!

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This woman, with our two team members, was born mute and she received her hearing this day!

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Pic of the waiting line up for the medical clinic.

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House Church

During our last week in India, we visited a few of our Indian team’s house church’s.  This model of church, that we learned about, is what has created a revival of sorts in India.   Our host leader, Randeep Matthews, informed us that they now have 330,000 disciples and that each house church births about 4 new house churches each year.   Every house church member is always making new disciples. 

Every house church plant begins with prayer.  By first prayer walking an area and asking God to reveal the man or house of peace, (Luke 10:6) which is a person or family who is willing and open to host a house church.  The India team was hoping to plant 20 new house churches from our visit and last report they are at 50!

House church in India as we learned it, is very different from how we do home church or cell/life group here in the West.  There is no real “leader,” everyone comes with something to share, a word or a prayer or a song (Acts 16:5).  The main purpose is to equip and encourage the new believers, to learn together, pray for one another and continuously invite others in.  Hospitality is a big part of their time together.

For more information on house church, check out Victor Choudhrie’s book called Teach Them to Obey or Greet The Church in Your House.  He is the founder of this rapid fire movement in India, where thousands are coming to the Lord and being baptised.

The follow-up and care by the India team, for the people we reached and ministered to, is in my opinion vital and one of the main reasons why I chose to travel with Impact Nations.  They believe in partnering with the local people, with what they are already doing and to help them.  This India team has such a huge heart for the Lord and the Great Commission, that they will work tirelessly to make sure each village has house churches established and the people are cared for.

Being there, experiencing this house church movement personally, really brought it to life for me and for many on our team.  We were all questioning how to bring this back to our own countries and cities and because of this, Steve Stewart (Impact Nations leader) is organizing cyber meetings for us all to continue the conversation, encourage one another and keep each other accountable to taking steps towards bring this back home.  So exciting and stay tuned future adventures!

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This little girl is playing with her plastic cricket bat in the dirt.  You can’t really tell but this is inside her house, only a few rooms for sleeping and many  families live there.

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I absolutely loved hanging out with the kids in all the villages.  They are all so beautiful and a breath of fresh air because it doesn’t matter, seems like no matter where you go, kids are kids and they love to have fun, laugh and play!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

Love and blessings,

Jody


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