“Do you remember this family?” my pastor friend asked. We were doing a home visit and having chai with a young couple and their 3 year old daughter. I had brought ministry teams to this area a few times before but now it had been more than two years since my last visit. “I don’t think so,” I replied. (My memory isn’t that good and I have prayed for many people over the years).
“That little girl was dying because her throat was obstructed and she could not eat. She was scheduled to have surgery but you prayed for her. She was healed and did not need the surgery.” I looked at the little girl laughing and playing and then at the mom who was looking at me with eyes filled with tears of gratitude. “Because you came, God changed our lives,” she said. My heart was overwhelmed by the goodness of God. Here was a little girl I did not even remember…but Jesus had come…He had loved…He had healed…and they would never forget.
During the next few days the pastor took me from place to place. “Do you remember this woman you prayed for to have a baby?” “Yes, I remember this one,” I said holding her beautiful little boy in my arms. “Do you remember prophesying over this man and woman about their ministry? They are now pastors and are training others in intercession just as you said.” “Do you remember praying for deliverance for this boy who had been tormented by evil spirits? He is totally free and his mother and grandfather have become believers.” (That one I really remembered – it was powerful!)
After ministering in Delhi the day after I arrived in India, I headed to northern India and connected with a young pastor who’s been ministering in a particular area for some time. We did many house visits in the villages where we saw a number of healings and deliverances. During this time I was able to meet with some other church leaders and church planters. God is opening many effective doors for continued ministry in this area. Thank you for praying for laborers for the harvest in this strategic area.
During Easter week, I was with two dear friends at a CNI church in this same area. There has been great division in the church and God allowed me to meet and minister to the leaders on both sides. Thank you for praying for continued restoration of unity in this body of believers.
Continue to Week Two…
I was hanging on to the back of the motor bike with one hand and grasping an umbrella with the other. I had been with a local pastor all day doing house visits. Now the rain had come and it was coming hard. As we zipped through the traffic we were completely drenched and shivering from the cold wind. We were high in the mountains of North India where the pastor was accustomed to riding his motor bike through the rain and snow. The motor bike was all he had so like most pastors he “made do.” But as the rain poured down my back and I shivered from the cold and the umbrella whipped me in the face, I thought, “Wouldn’t a car make this pastor’s ministry a lot more effective?” Shortly after, we were able to help this man purchase a car which allowed him to take teams of people into nearby villages to start new churches.
During the past 6 years I have met many dedicated people who have sacrificed so much to take the Gospel to where it has never been preached before. These men and women have committed themselves fully to do whatever it takes to advance the Kingdom of God. But one of the greatest hindrances to fruitful ministry is the inability to get to those they are trying to reach. It is a simple truth – hundreds of thousands of people remain unreached because Christians do not have transportation to get to them. The gift of a bicycle, motor bike, car or 4wd SUV can do more to advance the Kingdom of God than we can imagine.
Dan will be heading back to India Mar 22-Apr 25. This trip will involve travel to 6 states, and include conducting revival services at an Anglican church over Easter, helping with a leadership conference for 500 senior house church leaders, meeting with ministry partners, visiting and prayer walking mountain villages, conducting a pastors’ conference and doing many, many house visits. Please cover Dan in prayer (see prayer points below). It’s going to be an amazing journey, and we look forward to far reaching results.