From the Mouth of Babes // India GP

    Phil Kurian

by Phil Kurian

Hello! All of us here in Delhi appreciate the support and prayers you have all sent our way and definitely couldn't have made it to this point without all of you so thank you! 

The past few weeks, we've had the pleasure of working at the children's ministry at one of the ministry sites that we have been helping with. It was enjoyable at first, teaching the kids songs and doing the actions along with them. Initially, it was stressful, but soon we got the hang of it. We were even able to teach them games like red-light-green-light, and duck-duck-goose despite the language barrier. One of the songs we taught the kids was, "Yes God is Good". It goes:

Yeshu Acha Hai // Yes, God is good
Yeshu Acha Hai // Yes, God is good
Yeshu Acha Hai // Yes, God is good
Acha Hai Mujhko // He's so good to me

Over time, my success grew to pride; keeping the kids engaged and teaching them songs/games were no easy tasks since we couldn't communicate effectively, but somehow we were able to do it. But after doing this for days, it had become exhausting. My patience was tested as we went in circle after circle of duck-duck-goose. My body and spirit wore down as these kids seemed to want to do nothing but just climb all over us and wrestle all over the place. After sometime, this "pleasure" of working with the children began feeling like a chore. I thought to myself, "what do I really think I'm doing here? What do I think I'm going to accomplish with these kids in such a short time?" I began feeling less and less motivated to work with the kids as the days went by. Its not easy or gratifying running around after kids who climb on cabinets and beat each other up while being drenched in sweat from our collared button-ups and khakis; this is not exactly the most glamorous of ministries. 

Though, it was in the midst of this exhaustion that God met me. While I was lying on the floor trying to gather my thoughts and figure out my next strategy for rounding the kids up, I heard one of the youngest kids sing this song. That's when I realized the importance of endurance and what it is we do here. Of course, I may not see extremely significant fruit in these few weeks but it's a process that goes at it's own pace with the help of the Holy Spirit. The time that we spend with the children is just a small part in the process, but still a part nonetheless. Hearing that little boy singing that song revitalized my soul and made me realize that even though he may not fully understand what he is singing, I can look forward to the day when he may finally intentionally sing words of praise to Jesus. Proverbs 22:6 says "Train a child up in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it". Even the littlest child is never too young to start training them to walk with Jesus. Granted, that little boy was roughhousing with three other kids while he was singing the song, but I definitely have gotten a new sense of value in what we do here. 

I look forward to our next few days with the children. Teaching them more songs about Jesus and just spending time with them. I really appreciate God opening my eyes and showing me how influential ministry work with children is despite the obstacles.