YMCA Christmas Outreach Programs

At the outreaches, the YMCA had a youth gospel group begin by teaching the children in attendance a little song and dance.  Then they had performances by slum children.  Then a group did a nativity play.  Then I shared about the meaning of Christmas.  Finally a man who is a Sikh convert shared his testimony. 

As we prayed for the people afterwards, many were touched by the power of God.  May were healed of a variety of ailments – such as aches and pains.  At the first slum, one lady came up to us at the end and said, “Everything you prayed for last time, God did for me.”  She told us that her husband had been an alcoholic and used to beat her.  Now, he no longer drank and he no longer beat her.  Praise God!  At the second slum, one lady came up to me and asked, “Can your Jesus do anything?”  I replied, “Yes.”  She said, “I have many troubles in my life.  If your Jesus can help me, I will serve him for the rest of my life.”  Her name is Seema.  She also told me that last time we had prayed for her healing because she used to have dizzy spells.  Jesus had completely healed her.

One of the things that has always bothered me about outreaches and evangelistic meetings is the lack of follow-up.  People get healed.  They experience the power of God.  Then what?  So, I had mentioned to one of the YMCA people that Mom and I would be interested in doing weekly Bible studies at the first slum if possible.  But, I wasn’t sure if the YMCA was interested in us doing that.  However, as we were leaving, God opened the door.  Three ladies asked us if we could come back once a week!  So we are going back on Tuesday for a follow-up meeting with the women.

Thursday was our fourth miracle prayer fellowship.  But, because the slum ministry took so long, we were a few minutes late in arriving.  I had asked my cousins to come over and start the worship service if we were late.  But, when we arrived home, no one was there.  My cousins said they could come in an hour or so if we wanted, but Mom and I were exhausted, so we decided to cancel the meeting.  Just as we cancelled the meeting, Mr. and Mrs. Mehta showed up for prayer.  I guess the Lord didn’t want us to cancel the meeting.  We did a short study with them and then prayed for them.

Then, a couple of friends of mine, Deepak and Richa came over to talk and pray. 

These past two days have been tiring (we left home at 8:30 AM on Thursday and didn’t get home until after 6:00 PM), but very fulfilling.  It is awesome to see the look of excitement on someone’s face as they are receiving a miracle from God.

Scripture for the Day:
 
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  Deuteronomy 6:5.

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