Category Archives: Hyderabad

INDIA182: Day 70 debrief. . .

The beats of the idol worship festival of Ganesh the elephant god are ringing in my head as I head off from the city of Hyderabad with my friend Vimal towards his village in the same state of Andra Pradesh. Though the departure was pretty rushed with the urgent need to catch a 7 hour bus to the village, hope was left at the base of a presence that rocked the base during our worship time tonight followed with a word for us to rest and trust in the Lord. There was a new found strength as I left the base though I still feel the physical wear of tiredness pulling along; I choose to continue to walk through this season of the valley!

Praise the Lord for such a great day in meeting up with old friends like Prasanth whom I had met in the first location I was in when I arrived in India and then later in Coimbatore as well! He finished with his SBS outreach and come back to his home town and just caught me in the morning before I left later that day! It was great to finally meet up with Vimal as well whom I had met uk with in Bangalore with Bryan who is now back in the states. (:
A good time of laughs and memories flashing back and how it seemed such a long time ago but it’s been just a month ago!

Sorry for the delayed debriefs againnnn!!
The day after Nathan left, I felt pooped and very exhausted so I decided to leave that day as a day of rest! Scheduled for that day, I found out later that I could have gone to a AIDS/HIV ministry for children which really stinks but I just pray that they will continue finding hope and healing through Jesus who is way more committed than anyone is!

The next day, I got to go out and speak to a college but not just any college; a girls college which was pretty nerve racking but after a few action songs and laughs with them, I got to see them as my younger sisters and spoke to them about the main peer pressure in their world today which is the media reveal some truth in how it affects them in their mind sets of who they are and their purpose in life. It was great to see the gears start turning in their minds as I spoke and knowing that God will continue using the seeds I have sown in bringing them in finding Him!

So I’m off to the village and excited for the full schedule set for me this next week!

Please pray for my strength and persistence even though I walk through this valley, I know and trusts that the Lord will guide me through and His grace is more than sufficient for me! Pray also for this city of Hyderabad to have their eyes opened towards the idols of clay and mud made by human hands; that are nothing for them to waste their lives and kill the environment on.
But most of all, pray that The Lord will bring forth His rain and flourish this dry land to redeemed!!
Amen! Let it be!

Much love from India!!

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INDIA182: Day 66, 67, & 68 debrief. . .

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I’m heading back to the Ywam Hyderabad base now in a taxi, having just sent Nathan Waters back to Australia where he will continue to bring joy, laughter, and God’s love where ever he goes as he did here. Just a little shout out to Nathan if he is reading this: your destiny is here! Haha

Very very sorry for the late reply for the past 3 days as the ministries and schedules set up for Nathan and I when arriving to the base were intense and full on! Praise The Lord that we can worship Him with our strength and all of our heart these last couple of days! And also, thank you Jesus, we can rest in Him and have Him renew our strength as what I am doing today! (:

Day 66:

We started off the day with spending time with the DTS students at the base and getting the know them more. They brought us to this huge church with more than 2000 people worshiping and praising God! This really encouraged me in seeing the hope rising in this nation where there has been so much idol worship from a Hindu festival that was going on this week.

After the lovely service and meeting and greeting new faces, we headed to a ministry about an hour away from the base. This ministry was started by this lovely man that grew up being a street kid but then encountered The Lord through Ywam and got this vision to build an orphanage/boys home for street kids in Hyderabad. As soon as I walked in the campus, it was like a wave of compassion and love and joy hit me and I knew that this place was so anointed by God. (:
Surprising enough, the whole land and building were already paid for by the founder of the ministry whom had the support suddenly all come in towards his vision! He said that the support was up to 20,000 euros!

The boys there were so joyful and welcoming, playing volleyball with us and teaching me how to play cricket for the first time. Haha and afterwards, we brought them together to teach them songs and dances and taught them about David and how he trusted God with his strength. Such a wonderful night to end a glorious day where I continue to see God’s grace more sufficient! Please pray for this ministry in greater fruit in the boys being found and greater staff in that area!

Day 67:

Nathan Waters second to last day, we knew we had to push it up a notch. We set out early having a prayer walk around the area of our base and praying against the strongholds of loneliness and idolatry confusion in this rich district where there is still a concept that Christianity is a poor mans religion.

After a short nap, we headed down to another children’s ministry really close to the base. I was again, blown away by the intense blessing that God with this ministry and the discipline of the children as well down to 5 years of age! The afternoon and night was filled with laughter and cries for more songs and dances. (: though both of us were tired, we knew that getting up from the nap and heading to this ministry was worth it!
To our surprise, most of the children have come from Hindu families. Part of the children ministry also included women counseling; especially towards single wives.
Please pray for these children as the seeds sown will bear much ground, on the good ground, while they are young, to let them experience Jesus’ faithfulness and rest and protection! Also pray for the leaders of this ministry to see multiplication and fruitfulness in their spiritual family as well as children of their own as this couple has and will continue bringing God’s kingdom down in these children and families around!!

Day 68:

Today was a mixed emotion day. Nathan’s last day which was sad but I continued reminding him that he was meant to come back so it lightened thing up with a little laugh. We started off the morning to afternoon shopping for Nathan’s clothes for his sister and a few needed supplies for myself as well like a new pair of jeans and a shirt and some flip flops. All in a good days shop, we ate a good satisfying lunch with our base friends that guided us along to where we can buy what. (:

And then we headed to this lake where we were scheduled to do some more prayer walking from the recent idol worship of this elephant god that the Hindus would worship for the whole week with dancing and feasting and by the end the night would cast it out to this lake. And thus there were piles by piles of trash and pollution in the water along with idols of the elephant god pieces float along with it. As we walked down the strip, anger rose up in me from seeing such destruction of the environment yet God opened my eyes in showing me how much more His beauty and faithfulness and love continues to rise above this. Though we continue to throw trash at Him and spit at His face, the leaves continue to give us air to breath, and flowers that sprout up from the cracks of the trash are still beautiful and everyone unique. Praise You God for giving me this revelation in letting me see the hope and grace You will continue to be above our flaws and failures. And so we interceded for this nation, city and people; even as they were setting another elephant god into the water. And we drew in faith that God’s light will shine through to break these customs and bad habits; nothing to do with their wonderful culture. Please pray with us as well for this city in declaring Hyderabad to be a joy filled city from the fullness of God’s love!!
Thank you so much for continuing to keep up with me and praying for me! I really need the covering and strength as I walk through this season of the valley, trusting in the Father and shepherd to guide me and protect me through there are tough times of confusion and frustrations. God is still good and faithful!!

Much love from India!!

INDIA182: Day 65 debrief. . .

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Wednesday night was the 12 hour night bus from Chennai to Hyderabad … Was tiring to frantically find some transportation for the night but we ended up finding a sleeper bus with flat beds and had a very restful night. We were still pretty worn out on Thursday when we arrived.

Our luggage and instruments together were very heavy in the 3 wheeled rickshaw so we could not go very fast .. To add things up the driver didn’t know where he was going but after a while we found our guide waiting for us to follow to the base! Praise God!

We went up the last hill and almost started rolling backwards haha so I jumped out and ran behind pushing it up the hill until we got our speed up again as I jumped in… Martin just sat and laughed … Praise God for Martin, what an adventure!

We met all the ywamers here in Hyderabad. They are all so great and welcoming once again.
We had the afternoon off and we both lead worship at the base that night (guitar /ukulele style) God really showed up and was a great time for fellowship and encouragement for the DTS students.

Today we met with the leaders of the base to organize our time and ministries here. They were so kind into preparing our schedules for the rest of the week at such a late notice.

In the afternoon we walked to one of the highest points in Hyderabad which was a Buddhist temple and we had prayer and Bible reading over the city with a small group as well.

Martin and I are still very tired but keen to continue Gods work in this place.
Please pray for the city of Hyderabad. It seems very quiet lonely and .. There are lots of different gods/idols here to bring further confusion. Please pray also for strength for another day and thanks be to God for continuing to provide for us, bless us and keep us healthy!

There is also an upcoming festival that is for one of the main Hindu gods which is a big stronghold in all of India and which the festival destroys the environment as well! Please pray for the breaking of these distractions and confusions from the one and true God and for this city to step out to see the light of hope and life! Jesus you reign over this place!!

(Composed by Nathan Waters)

Much love from India!!