There have been ups and downs. Struggles and victories. People have walked in and out of my life. But, I have no complaints. Although I can’t say that I always understand what is happening around me, or that I am always certain of where my life is headed, or that things are always going as expected, there is one thing I know: I am in the center of God’s will for my life. How do I know that? I am not sure. But I have an assurance in my heart…a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Some of the highlights of this past year:
- * Stormy Jackson. When I met Stormy Jackson in late January, my life changed. That was the start of the juvenile prison ministry I was involved with. As I saw Stormy grow in the Lord, I too grew in the Lord. I began to spend three to five hours a day at the prison with the children, five to seven days a week. I had the privilege of seeing the Lord touch and change countless lives as He reached out the kids with His ever enduring love. I can honestly say that the rest of my ministry was redefined as a result of the work the Lord did in the prison, because it was there that I truly learned that our Lord is the Lord of impossibilities.
- * Amazing Men and Women of God. This year I have met many men and women of God who have inspired me, encouraged me, supported me and prayed for me. I am thankful for each and every one of them. In particular, I met Pastor Michael, who has been a mentor and a friend to me. His zeal, passion and hunger for the things of the Lord have encouraged me and been an inspiration.
- * Shakina. On May 20, 2005, my little brother and his friends did the “impossible.” They trusted fully in the Lord and His word and organized in two months a movement that should have taken a minimum of one year to plan. To learn more about Shakina, check out www.shakina.net. Also, during Shakina, through the ministry of Chris Overstreet, I gained more confidence in praying and seeing immediate results.
- * Emilie. I will never forget the miracle the Lord did for Emilie at Bellevue Square Mall. I was out with a group from Shakina doing mall ministry. We had had a disappointing afternoon, because no one wanted prayer. But, when we put everything in His hands, the power of God fell. Emilie was born legally blind. But after prayer, she left the mall able to see. It still seems unreal. But, this miracle gave me the confidence to believe that by His stripes, we are healed.
- * Sapna Didi. My elder sister, Sapna Didi quit her job to go into full time ministry this past summer. In the flesh, one would question why a successful doctor would give up her practice for seemingly “nothing.” But, it is not “nothing” that she has traded in her medical practice for. It is the will of God. Her obedience and boldness have been an inspiration to me. She is currently ministering in Japan. Do keep her in your prayers.
- * Open Doors. The Lord opened doors for ministry in places I would never have imagined. We ministered in churches, homeless shelters, and jails in Seattle. In the US we also traveled to New York, California, Illinois and Texas for ministry. We also had the opportunity to travel all over India and even share the gospel to those who had never even heard the name “Jesus.”
- * The Miracle in the Marketplace. On September 1, 2005 my entire life changed. We went to the market and prayed for a little boy with a congenital cataract. God miraculously restored the boy’s vision. Word of the miracle spread through the marketplace like wildfire. People began asking for prayer and the Lord began performing miracles. A crowd of approximately thirty people formed around us. That night we saw many vision problems healed as well as healings from a variety of pains. Four people were even filled with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Starting the next day, random people began coming to our home in India for prayer. Over the next ten days twenty to thirty people came every day for prayer. Many were healed and filled with the Holy Spirit. We saw the Lord heal asthma, arthritis, hernias, slipped discs, sinus problems, eyesight problems, and hearing problems. The last day a lady who did not have an eardrum started to hear. Some of the people even had their healings medically verified. During the ten days that we stayed over in India after the miracle in the marketplace, God began to work in our hearts. At first, we tried to deny it, but we knew that the Lord was calling us back to India. He was calling us back to the people, who in less than a fortnight had made their way into our hearts.
- * India. We left India on September 11, 2005. I returned to work on September 13, 2005. On September 16, 2005, I gave notice at my job. In the flesh, it was not easy to do. I was turning my back on all that I had worked for…all that I knew. Trading it in for the unknown. But, in the Spirit I knew I had no other choice. On November 11, 2005, exactly two months after we left, we returned to India. At first things were slow, but steadily, the Lord is increasing the work and opening doors especially among slum children.
I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for us in 2006. A friend asked me what I want the Lord to do in 2006. I have been thinking about it. But…I honestly don’t know. I can’t see that far into the future. All I know is that I want to remain in His will. I want the Lord to use me. I never want to disappoint Him. And…I want Him to heal me.
Scripture for the Day:
25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith – 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Romans 16:25-27.