The days were counting down to my departure from Dharamshala. I looked at my calendar and frowned at the lack of weeks I had left in India. But that only meant I had to have no regrets here of what I could have done!
A few days ago, upon my arrival to Dharamshala, I was able to connect with the leader of the base here and schedule a time to meet up! And as you should have guessed it by now, was today!
From the lack of hours I had last night, I had a rushed morning getting ready for the meeting. The leader dropped by at 10:30am as we had agreed and took me down to the city of Dharamshala. We picked a nice cafe with great food and coffee. It was cheap too!
For about 2 hours, we spent the time chatting about my testimony, his testimony, and the cities testimony. I was so encouraged of this man’s faith and heart to come here 7 years ago to plant a base; experiencing God’s faithfulness through preparing a place for him right as he arrived!
The more he spoke of this city and how God has promised him a revival that would not only spread from this city to the country but all around the world, the more I could feel this man’s wonderful heart! And this was totally possible with 100,000 people from all around the world coming to this place every year!
A splendid chat, spent well with good information and great heart!
While we were still in the city, the leader offered to take me to the Dalai Lama’s residency. This place is one of the reasons why many tourists come to this place! With the increasing number of new age people, I could see why so many have come to this place.
After the the visit and prayer walk around the place, I decided to head back to the village by hiking back. The hike was tremendous! Though some parts left me huffing and puffing, it didn’t stop me from enjoying the view and sites to gaze at along the way! An hour and a half hike well spent! Jesus! You strengthen me!
– please pray that God will give me energy and strength for tomorrow’s hike up to another village. Apparently this hike will take about 4 hours there and back. I had really felt a stirring in my spirit when the leader had talked about this place!
– pray for tomorrow’s meeting with another wonderful man I was recommended to meet in Dehradun! May our meeting be blessed with joy!
Quote from leader in Dharamshala:
‘This place is not a playground. If they don’t see Christ in you, then you’ll just be teaching more religion, and they have enough of it over here.’
9 people groups
– Spiritual Seekers (new age. . .etc.)
– mountain villagers (ex: village of Naddi)
– Gaudi (local people group)
– University students (identity crisis; caught between globalized influence and parental/last generation influence.)
– Army Bunker (rest and equipment)
Great diversity out of 100,000 people.
– Hinduism (main god: Shiva. Representing: lust, drunkenness, and anger.)
– Buddhism (Lamaism) more occult like and with ‘powers’
There is also a lot of witchcraft in the local villages. (Almost more than one in each area.)
A lot of fear brought in the villages caused by the Hindu priests. If they didn’t worship these gods.
Result: people would do whatever the witchdoctors, ‘astrologists’, and Hindu priests said.
Please pray according to your discernment. May God’ love be shown towards all these people!
Much love from India!!