About ten minutes into the worship service I opened my eyes and saw a long line of children entering the gate of our house. Ikraam had brought his friends as promised! Fifteen children filled up the chairs in the living room where we conduct the services: Akram, Roop Singh, Garam Veer, Ikraam, Sanjay, Arjun, Nisha, Saraswati, Roli, Jai Singh, Niraj, Rahul, Ram Prakash, Rameshwar and Tara Chand. A few minutes later, Mr. Mehta, his mother and his wife also joined us. Then Mukesh, Chotu, Rajni (the lady who washes our dishes), Raj Veer ji (our driver), and Mahima (our maid’s daughter) joined us.
I shared a basic Christmas message about the love of God and His plan for salvation. Because we weren’t able to put together a nativity play (for lack of actors), we showed the story of the birth of Jesus from the JESUS movie.
As we were ending the service, Golu, Gyanu, Vinod and Nahim showed up, along with about 10 of my relatives. So, in all we have 41 people at the service by the end!
At the end, I asked Mr. Chauhan to testify regarding how the Lord has been healing him of kidney failure. As he was sharing, I learned for the first time that Jesus had appeared to him in a dream a healed him at that point, promising him life. Then, I asked Nahim to share about the miracle Jesus had done for him the night before.
When I asked all those who wanted prayer to come forward, Ikraam was the first one to come. I asked him what he wanted prayer for. He said he wanted “God.” I asked him what he meant by that. He said, “What you were talking about.” I asked him if he wanted to accept Jesus and have eternal life. He said, “Yes.” Then I asked if there were any other children who wanted that as well. Sanjay, Saraswati, Rahul, Ram Prakash, Akram and my nephew Puneet all came forward. I lead them in a salvation prayer. Then Mom took them aside and shared with them about the Holy Spirit and they all received. Meanwhile, I prayed for all of the other needs.
As they were leaving, the children were so excited. They said they would come back on Thursday.
About an hour after the prayer fellowship ended, four people from the slums showed up at the house, two children, a young man, and an older man. The two boys, Maharaj Singh and KishanPal had been at the second slum on Saturday. Maharaj Singh had told his father (the older man) and so the father and elder brother, Bhan Pratap, had come for prayer. The father had a weak leg and pain in his shoulder. He works in the fields, but had been having a difficult time because of extreme pain in his shoulder. When he heard about us, he took the day off from work and came for prayer. We prayed for him. God began to heal his shoulder. Then pain began to leave. He kept say, “I definitely feel a difference. I definitely feel a difference.”
A little while later, four little boys, Mukesh, Ajay, Vinod and Pushpind came over. They wanted prayer for studies, and also had an ulterior motive of wanting a packet of cookies each )
In the afternoon, we went to another slum to pass out biscuits to the kids. As we were driving around looking for a slum area, we came across an area with about 4-5 small huts. We decided to leave because there would likely not be many children there, but then I number of people was not a good enough reason to leave. But, then the driver looked over at the homes and said the people in this area are known to be VERY dirty. I said that wasn’t a good enough reason not to stop either. So, we stopped and gathered the children. There were about 10 kids at first. We began teaching them the song and dance, but they were very shy. As we began to sing, however, a small crowd started to gather.
When we started to pray, the crowd increased and the Lord began to perform miracles among the people. Some of the miracles that stand out in my mind are as follow:
- * An old man who had arthritis in his knees felt the pain completely leave
- * A teenage boy who couldn’t hear someone calling him from just 3 feet behind him began to hear perfectly
- * A lady with pain in various parts of her body felt the power of God touch her and heal her
As we were leaving, a young woman came up to me and asked me my name. I said, “Sungeeta.” She said, “Are you Sungeeta Jain?” I said, “Yes.” She said, “I heard about you and wanted to contact you, but had been putting it off. But, God must have wanted us to meet.” I guess she had heard about the miracles in the marketplace back in September.
This year is the first time that Christmas in India has felt at least a little like Christmas. I think it partly had to do with the fact that this year we actually decorated the house a bit….so it looked festive. It is not like America where the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving. Here, there are no lights. No trees. No shiny ornaments. No gift. No snow (or at least hope for snow). But, there is plenty of brotherly love.
Scripture for the Day:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… 14 And the Word became flesh an dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John1:1 & 14 .