The Third Prayer Fellowship

Sometimes I feel like we haven’t gotten enough accomplished in this first month.  But, at the same time, other times I feel like we have accomplished quite a bit.  But, I have decided to buckle down and make a task list and start crossing items off the list.  Actually we have had some problems with the land we had purchased for the orphanage.  So, the first priority is to find a new piece of land.  But, the problem is that land prices have doubled or even tripled in just 3 months!  I want something that is at least 10 acres, so we have scope for expansion, but my budget is still the same.  So…please PRAY.

A friend of mine recently promised to send me sample bylaws and articles of incorporation that I can use as a template for our organization.  I need to get on his case and make him send the information now.  I also need to follow up with other contacts. 

This Sunday we had our third prayer fellowship.  Although a lot of people had said that they would attend, many did not actually show up.  At first it seemed like it would be a smaller meeting than last Sunday, but God is good.  We ended up with more people than last week.  The people who attended were: Kajal and her daughter Mahima, Prithu and his mom, the Chauhan family, Mr. Chauhan (the man with the knee pain from last week), my cousin Golden, Garima Didi and her son Jayesh, Mr. and Mrs. Mehta and their niece Kamna and her mom, and Sapna (the lady whose knees were healed on Thursday) and her daughter Priyanshi.  The last six people showed up at the very end of the meeting though, so they missed most of the sermon.

The sermon was on prayer.  The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of prayer.  I have realized an interactive approach, asking people to recap what was just said works well.  It ensures people stay awake ;o)

Afterwards we prayed for the various people and their needs.  Mr. Chauhan felt a difference in his knees as we prayed, although they were completely healed.  But, he said he would return next week.  Garima Didi’s sinus problems are improving.  Jayesh said his concentration in his studies has dramatically improved.  Mr. Mehta said he had his kidney’s tested and the results came normal (meaning the calcium levels that were elevated earlier were now normal).  We prayed for a kidney stone though.  Kamna’s mother had an outgrown bone in her foot that had been causing a lot of pain.  As we prayed she felt the pain completely leave!  She was amazed.  This was the first time she had been in such a prayer meeting.  Sapna had a little bit of pain left in her knees.  We prayed and she felt the pain was completely gone.

After the prayer meeting, we had a family lunch.  Then I had a stomach ache and had to lie down.  I don’t know why there have been a lot of times that I have not felt well since we arrived in India.  Sometimes it is a stomach ache, sometimes a back ache, sometimes the flu.

Oh, I think I forgot to write about a miracle that happened on Saturday.  Anita Didi (the young lady who had been diagnosed with arthritis, but then after prayer the doctor said it was not arthritis) called.  She excitedly told me that she was completely well.  On Friday she had come for prayer because she had been feeling a lot of pain and stiffness in her body.  She had said that she was confused whether or not to take the medicine the doctor had prescribed.  She said she believed that God was going to heal her and she didn’t need or want to take the medicine.  I told her to pray one more time before deciding whether or not to take the medicine.  I in no way am against taking medicine.  But, at the same time, I do believe in divine healing.  So, we prayed.  Anita Didi said that on Friday night she just felt all the pain leave her body and she has been completely well since then!

Scripture for the Day:
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”  John 6:35.

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