Two weeks away from a departure to my third trip to Hyderabad, India. I am excited as ever to see the children, leper people, and experience new things that God has waiting for me. During this trip I am convicted to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible.
We will use 2 concerts reaching out to thousands and many Kid Jams (kind of like a VBS) around the orphanage. During these times of interacting with the local people, we will show them Love in a relevant and real way. In my experiences in India, I see with my own eyes the hurt and pain in the lives of so many people. We cannot meet every physical need of everyone. I would love to, but reality is that I cannot. I can focus on the heart and make a spiritual difference in helping them to gain a hope, a faith, and experience of Love that comes from a relationship with Jesus!
In preparation for this trip, our team has read ‘Revolution in World Missions’ by K P Yohannan. I came across this the other day, which is quite compelling to me:
We cannot even begin to make a dent in the kingdom of darkness until we lift up Christ with all authority, power & revelation from the bible.
During this trip, we are focusing on the heart of people. It will be so difficult to look past many of the physical needs of people that we cannot meet, but we can and will focus on Christ in their heart and lives. KP shares a story about entering into conversation with a poor begger on the streets of India. He did not have money to give him, but could give him and hope and future with Jesus. The poor man graciously accepted!
Here we are… ready to show God’s love to many! I think just fixing a physical need doesn’t complete the full mission. It is like only filling a glass half full. The heart of a person is a window to their soul. I’m concerned with allowing God to use me in anyway possible to impact the heart of a person.
In previous trips God has really showed me things. My first trip, God confirmed a direction for full time ministry in my professional life. My second trip, God confirmed my desire to get married to Elizabeth! My third trip… We will just wait and see the big things God will lay on my heart! I am eager to see what God has in store for me.
In preparation for this trip, I came across a journal entry before entering Iraq, while waiting in Kuwait. I wanted to post, as this is where I am at right now with this trip. Eager and Excited, while anticipating what God WILL do!
“God is great. here it is easy to think of the Lord. it is a time of reflecting what the Word says, with the stories. i can relate more to what it is saying, in a physical sense. i live some of the same hardships they endured. the physical sense helps you grasp things you may have never known. also, seeing the people and thinking about them in the same way jeremiah did, the weeping prophet. the people here need the Lord, just as much as everyone else does. the people here are lost. i was reading in ezekial, to continue on in a rebellious nation. they are rebellious, they may not listen, or they may; either way they have been told. but also, i read to not draw away to be rebellious yourself. i feel the Lord has put me here for a great purpose, in which He is continually unfolding why. how can these people come to know you Lord? Lord you are HOLY! your people are lost, how can they come to know you. how can i GO? there is a language barrier, and a simple factor that religion is not suppose to be talked about. so how can i communicate with the people here, to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ? these are my questions at this time. Lord, continue to prepare me for this mission.
dear Jesus, i pray for where i’m going. i pray you go before me to prepare the way, my living place, and the hearts of the people you want me to come in contact with. soften their heart to come to know you. Lord Jesus, protection around me, please. I pray for my brothers and sisters here on this same mission. i pray this prayer for them. go before us in protection. You are God! You are!!! THANK YOU GOD!! i love you! in Jesus name i pray…. amen” – Jay, 2005 – Kuwait, days before entering Iraq.