It’s been another crazy week out here in South Asia! Thank you so much for your prayers for my health! God answered them, and I have been much better this week! We have spent a lot of time meeting people and sharing the gospel with them. We also got to work at another VBS. I have really loved growing in community with my team and learning more about Jesus.
This week we had a lot of time to pray for people and share about Jesus in the areas near where we live. Some days it was very hard to find women who speak English to talk to. We did get to make new friends this week, and some of them were Believers!
Last Monday night we got caught in our first monsoon rain. We were meeting with a friend who is a Believer, and near the end of our visit it started pouring. We found cover at a nearby coffee shop, but eventually we had to brave the storm to get home. We managed to flag down a rickshaw, and we were soaked to the bone by the time we got home.
On Tuesday we had breakfast with some of our field partners. We had a great time fellowshipping while enjoying pancakes, eggs, and bacon. After breakfast the girls got pedicures. That night we went sharing near our home. We got to pray for a few young women in the area.
On Wednesday we had D-Group in the morning. This is a time for our team to break into small groups (guys in one group, girls in the other) to confess sin, read scripture, and encourage one another. After a lunch at our favorite salad place, we went out to share. Austin and I went to check out a local college, but they wouldn’t let us go inside the gate. We tried talking to some people outside the school, and we got to pray with a few people. We also got to share the gospel with at some hangouts down the road from the college.
On Thursday we had our Sabbath. I finally got a day to sleep in, and then we went to the mall to see a movie. It was nice to have a day to rest and spend time with my teammates. On Friday afternoon and evening we went to share the gospel near where we live.
Saturday we went to a VBS for street kids. This group reaches out to street kids to help provide for their basic needs and teach them about Jesus. Many of these kids live at the train station, and they come from abusive backgrounds. This VBS meets once a month, and the volunteers have worship, lessons, crafts, and games for the kids. They also feed them lunch. We taught them some songs from Summit Kids worship, and the kids loved them. We also did lessons on the birth of Jesus, the crucifixion of Jesus, and Jesus feeding the 10,000. For crafts, we had the kids color pictures from the stories. It was awesome getting to spend the day showing love to these kids, and getting to serve them. The leaders really care for these children, and it is encouraging that they have people who are sharing Jesus with them. When the kids left, they each got a brand new raincoat. This will help shield them some from the monsoons.
On Sunday we visited a new church. This church reminded me a lot of our church back in the U.S. It was awesome getting to worship and listen to a gospel centered message. Everyone was so friendly and kind. After church the youth (remember they are really what we would consider young adult) went to the pastor’s house for lunch. The food was wonderful, and meeting new people was so much fun! Some of the youth were musicians, and they sang and played guitar, drums, and piano. It was so much fun making music and worshipping with them. Sunday evening we got together as a team, and we had dinner. I appreciate the times we can have the whole team together, especially since we split up more when we go share, meet for follow ups, and go to church.
God has been teaching me so much during my time in South Asia! Living in a place where plans are tentative and things change at the drop of a hat has really taught me to trust in God. I am learning to be flexible and trust God’s plan is better than my own. Also living in a place that has so few Christians has been eye opening. While reading through the book of Acts, I can see so many parallels to what is happening now in South Asia. It always amazes me how many people have never heard that Jesus came and died for them. Please be praying for God to move in this city, and that Believers would share their faith with their friends, families, and neighbors!
I have also been reading the book, The Insanity of God, by Nik Ripken. This book is about missions in places of great persecution. Through this book and some of my scriptural studies, I have been learning more about what it means to suffer for Christ’s sake. Philippians 1:29 says, “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake.” In Ripken’s novel I read about times of great persecution for Christians in Russian, China, and other unnamed countries. Christians in these places risked so much to say they were a follower of Jesus. Many expected to be imprisoned at some point in their lives. It makes me question how much I would be willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel. Many of these people told that their suffering brought them closer to God.
While we have four more weeks here, it feels as if time is running out. Between our time sharing and following up we are pretty busy over the next few weeks. Plus, our last two weeks here, a City Project team will be joining us. We will be helping guide them to share with people in the city.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and support! I am truly grateful to each and every one of you!
- Pray for God to give me joy during my time with Him. Pray He teaches me things through His Word.
- Pray for the people we follow up with to come to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
- Pray for God to prepare the hearts of the non-Believers we share with this week, and for God to save the people in this city.
- Pray for God to prepare the City Project team for their time in South Asia.