We have been in India for a little less than a week now, and we have all experienced Christ in many ways. So for starters, half of our team was not able to join us on our trip because they were blacklisted from entering the country. I remember when we first heard the news there was an atmosphere of sadness and longing to be reunited with our team. It felt as though half our body had been separated from us. We all wondered how and why this happened. But a recurring theme we had been discussing is that God does not yield his glory. Even if his plans seem to be different than ours, His plans are always greater. He does what is best for us and now the rest of the team is on their way to Bangkok. How great is our Lord!
Delhi has been an absolute blessing so far. The first couple of days we were able to see the city and observe the people. There is a lot of darkness in the area but the light of Jesus triumphs all. A theme Jesus has taught me this week is that he is my hope and my joy. This past week, we were able to visit a slum children's ministry in Rohini. Upon entering the ministry, we were greeted by over 150 children and no electricity. Our clothes were drenched and our water bottles were empty by the end of the two hours. The electricity kept going on and off but every time it appeared the children would clap and cheer loudly. Never have I clapped for electricity, but for these children, it was a luxury. However when the electricity would shut off the children were not moaning or complaining. The children were happy when there was electricity but not angry when it was gone. This was really mind blowing to me. The verse that kept coming to my head was when Paul says
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Philipians 4:12.
The way these children sang worship songs to Jesus even if it meant sitting in a crowded room without fans, was truly humbling. The Lord reminded me that in him and in his love I could be content, despite the situation at hand. Blessed be the name of the Lord when things are going good or bad.
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