Another Year Gone By

Mom and I went to the slum we always go to on Tuesdays in Delhi.  When we arrived, we didn’t receive the warm welcome we had received the week before with the children running around us singing, “Didi aa gaye!  Didi aa gaye!” (Didi has come!  Didi has come!).  Instead, people basically seemed to ignore us.  We went to the open area where we always go and waited.  A few of the older boys were playing cricket.  Some of the younger boys were playing with pebbles. 

We found out that the doctor was at the YMCA sponsored clinic.  So, people were waiting to see him.  As we waited, Mom chatted with a woman who was waiting to see a doctor.  I smiled and asked a few kids how they were doing.

Mom looked at me and asked me what I wanted to do, implying, “Do you want to leave?”  I said, “Let’s just wait.”  We go to the slum to spend time with the people and to encourage them.  There is no hidden agenda.  I want the people to realize that we are going to come.  This is not a passing fancy.  We are there because we care.  We have committed to going to the slum for an hour every Tuesday, so I decided we would stay for the hour, regardless of whether people talked to us or not.

As the hour was nearing an end, I called to a little girl named Kiripa.  She is probably five years old.  She normally stands right next to me during prayer time and any request anyone else has, she has also.  She always chimes in, “Didi, I have that problem also.  Please pray for me.”  So, I called to her and asked her if she needed prayer for anything.  She said she had a headache.  We began to pray for her headache and the Lord healed her.  Then I asked her if she wanted to sing some songs.  She said, “Yes.” 

As we began to sing, other kids began to gather around us.  Soon there was a big crowd of men, women and children.  We sang some.  I shared a miracle of Jesus with them.  Then we began to pray for the various needs.  As we began to pray, the line of people with prayer requests seemed unending.

One boy, had a bruise on his hand that was swollen and slightly blue.  He said he was in pain.  We prayed and the pain immediately left.

In particular, two men stand out to me.  One man first asked mom to pray for him that he would stop being an alcoholic.  Then he asked us to pray for back pain that he had been suffering with for a long time.  As we prayed, to his amazement, he was completely healed.  Another man came to me with a splitting headache.  He said he always has a continuous headache.  As we prayed, the Lord healed his headache.  He immediately went and told his friends.  Soon after, he brought a young man who was burning up with a fever.  As we prayed, he felt the fever lift and his head became lighter.

Then some men came from a nearby factory.  They said that they had heard about us and wanted us to go and pray for a lady who was in so much pain, she couldn’t get out of bed.  So we followed them to their home.  There mom went up and prayed for the lady and another neighbor who had family problems.  In the meantime, I prayed for a Sikh man who was suffering from depression.

As we finished up with slum ministry, it was close to 4:00 PM.  I got a call from my friend whose mother has cancer (the same one who came to our house on New Years day.  He wanted us to come by his home and pray for his mother.  So, we decided to go there.  There, my friend’s mother told us that she had not been able to sleep for days.  She said, “I pass my nights looking at the clock.  And I pass my days looking at the clock.”  As we prayed for her, within seconds, she was sound asleep.

By the time we reached home, it was close to 8:00 PM.  My birthday was over.  On Saturday I will be having a little get together with my relatives.  I have told everyone that instead of store bought presents, I want them to bring a talent for a talent show we will have during the party.

Scripture for the Day:
44 Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.  45 And he who seems ME sees Him who sent Me.  46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”  John 12:44-46.

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