After our rushed procedure from Hyderabad to a 7 hour bus ride towards our destination, we officially arrived in J-town. It was an early start from the train station and I still needed to get in Vimal’s jeep for another 2 hour ride into his village. The ride was magnificent though the both of us were tired from the lack of sleep. I am always surprised and will continue to be surprised in the diversity of India from the different landscape to the different culture to the different languages! It’s like I have stepped into a completely separate country than India wherever I go!
Being a country boy, it was wonderful to step into this luscious area full of God’s creation! And stepping in Vimal’s ‘territory’, he has completely refused me in paying for anything! Haha I already feel so blessed to be here to just see the work God is doing! Through our trip, Vimal just continued to update me on his vision on this school he was building and the different ministries that were already going on in this village. Following from his father’s footsteps, Vimal had continued to use medical camps to reach out and spread the gospel for this village which has really opened the door for many to be reached. And his vision for this school for the orphans and children in the village to raise them up in Christian values to make an impact in a different sphere in the future is starting to blossom and grow as construction has started and about 20 students are being taught!
After we arrived at the village, we took a couple hour rest to recharge our batteries and freshen up. Then we headed off to the school which was half and hour away. Vimal showed me the plans for the untouched land and how it will bring opportunity to the children here in a passion to grow in and find a future in.
I also exchanged some ideas and plans for the place along with my journey in what God has called me to do. We spent some time speaking to the staff and spending time with the children that were studying; And then we had to head off to get ready for a Bible intercession meeting at Vimal’s church.
The night was filled with cries for mercy and the Holy Spirit to come and bring greater change in this village. Though the whole service wasn’t in English, I could still feel God’s presence there giving us strength and filling our hearts with issues to intercede for. I felt such a privilege to be in a midst of women and children literally crying out for change and for revelation. This is definitely the voices God hears and acts upon from the hearts behind these voices!
After the service, our stomachs still empty and our eyes nearing a close, Vimal wanted to end the night with a bang so we headed to a bus stop which has the best food I have ever tasted! I could literally eat this food for the rest of my life! Haha And this food brought me back memories of me and Nathan’s bus trip from Chennai to Hyderabad which we had a midnight stop at a place similar to where Vimal and I were eating at. This place called a ‘dabha’ was where Nathan’s dreams were fulfilled. Haha
Great first day in a wonderful place with amazing people!
Praise Jesus, He’s soooo good!
Prayer requests: please pray and intercede against the spirit of idolatry here along with the worshiping of nature. Also there is a great spirit of alcoholism and witchcraft in the area.
May God open their eyes from these distractions that the enemy is setting forth; And let them see their authority in Christ and that they are given the keys to the kingdom! Let them trust and rest in the Father which provides for all and is bigger than all they worship or cling to! May this city be a city fired up from the revelation of God’s love! May this mystery of Christ be revealed and that they will know that He is Lord. YES JESUS LET IT BE
More excitement to come!!
Much love from India!!