Right now is Saturday morning for us…Friday night for the states. Friday was an amazing day! It was day two of the conference and most of our team was able to share the talks they had prepared. Liz, Nancy, Judy, Cassandra all shared. They all did so great!!
We ended the day with our host and IGL’s WWM director Pradi teaching. She was amazing and the woman responded to her. Many came forward for prayer and we prayed for them as a group for a long time.
Nancy was especially used by God during this time with her gifts of mercy and prayer. Many women were drawn to Belinda who loves and hugs on everyone. The young girls all came to speak with Cassandra. Judy captured this time with pictures. Unfortunately we are having trouble putting the pictures on the blog because the dial-up makes the computer freeze when we try to load it. But we will have many great pictures to share when we come home.
The pastor and family who are hosting the conference are wonderful to us. They are taking good care of us, cooking for us etc. We are eating many different things…and although they are cooking with us in mind (saying it is not so spicy) everything is spicy..really spicy. But so far we are feeling well and healthy – another answered prayer.
Today Melody, Liz and I will get to share in the morning session. I will do a talk about Esther from CCC’s OT and Me series. (The big idea in India!!) I am hoping God uses these words to empower the woman to fulfill his purposes for their lives. That seems to be quite a new concept for them…that God can use their lives for His glory. Many of these women in Chandrapur are newer believers or just now finding their way back to God. It is the first time WWM has had a conference in this area and for many of these women, the first time they have ever experienced something like this.
Pradi says, “women are God’s secret weapon in India to grow the churches.” Through their gifts of connection and relationship, women will help other women find Jesus. The pastors are receptive here and sit to the side during the conference and listen and nod their approval…that’s a good thing.
Today at 2:00 we will end the conference and drive three hours over very bumpy roads with cows, oxen, bikes, pedestrians trucks and busses…back to Nagpur where we will sleep tonight at a hotel and catch a plane tomorrow to Salem in southern India. Our plane will land with a four hour car ride to Salem. (Family, Judy is doing great on these crazy car rides…she is taking her Dramamine – she has felt some puckyness, but she is really a trouper. I am so proud of her)
Salem is a bit of a respite for us as we will visit Pradi’s home and ministry head quarters Sharon Gardens.
We had a GREAT night of sleep last night. Slept hard the night through. So we feel very rested.
We are so amazed by God’s work here in India and are very humbled by it.
I can’t describe the kind of experience of stretching and humility I am personally having. When I thought God wanted to show me his work in India, I realize that He is also showing me even more about myself…not all of it I wanted to see, but a very good growing experience.
Thanks for your prayers, we feel it big time. We need your continued prayer for
- Health and travel safety
- The women in Chandrapur –that they would see themselves as God’s instruments to help other women find Jesus.
- Pray for Stephen and Mary, a young couple we met who will be sent to Northern India soon as church planters.
The team sends their love to their families and want you to know that they are feeling very well and doing fine. We have shed some tears over missing our families (especially Liz whose love for her newly wed husband is so sweet and fresh). If you are friend or family of a team member, you would be so proud to see their work. God is using each one in a powerful way…each one is unique and different with different gifts for God to use. They are working hard, and giving it up for the Kingdom. Their love for God and the Indian women apparent.
I want to say hello to my small group. Thanks for reading my friends. I know you are praying for me. I love you all.