We walked into the conference it was already in session. The women were singing praises and we walked up to the front and sat together on the stage. The praises were lively…so much more lively then at home. Then we were introduced and given these flowers around our neck.
Belinda spoke and the women received her well. Then we went out among the women for a time of prayer where we just moved among them and prayed for them individually and in groups.
Tomorrow the rest of team will each have an opportunity to deliver what we have prepared. We will be there all day from 9:00am through the evening. We are 12 hours ahead of you in the states – so Thursday night at 9:00pm, we will be beginning our Friday morning conference.
The pastor who is hosting the conference, his wife and daughter graciously prepared a meal for us. So we are having some interesting food experiences. We are diving right into the middle of this culture.
It is fascinating to see what God is doing in the leaders and pastors here. I learned today that Pradi’s husband Samuel is overseeing a network of 7,000 church plants here in India. They have a theme every year and the theme is used with children, youth, Men and Women. Sounds like the Big Idea to me.
Women with a Mission (a ministry to women of India Gospel League) has a vision of raising up 50,000 women community leaders by the year 2010. The idea is that these women will go back to their communities and help other women find their way back to the one and only true God. (I also learned recently that there are 300 million gods in India)
Please pray specifically for protection of our spirits. I am more keenly aware then usual of the spiritual warfare that goes on around us.