Team Report submitted by Kenda
As I reflect on our trip to Kashmir and Ladakh my immediate thoughts go to the shepherds and their families in the village where 5 Rivers began a sheep project last year. I have three very vivid memories. The first is when I was sitting on my horse looking over the bright green grassy hillsides with the snowcapped mountains surrounding them, and hundreds of sheep grazing on them. There must have been a sound that the sheep recognized because they stopped their grazing and started to move. As I watched, a couple of sheep started to head down a trail through the woods and the other sheep followed. John 10:27-28 came to my mind, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
The second memory was sitting at the entrance way of a shepherd’s home with his wife. She pointed to my earrings. I took them off and gave them to her. She smiled and a few minutes later she gave me hers. A friendship had developed. When it was time for us to leave she took my hand and we walked together to the car. I John 4:8 “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
The third memory was sitting in a room with the shepherds and two women. The younger woman had just become a widow and next to her was her mother in law. They both sat very quietly while Dan shared our sympathies (interpreted by our Muslim host and friend). Dan proceeded to tell her that we are Christians and that Jesus sent us there to bless her and her children. Our team was able to collect enough money to replace her husband’s salary for a year. We had no idea of the shepherd’s death until we arrived at the village, but Jesus knew, and he used us to bless this widow and their three school-aged children.
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Our US team will be leaving June 15 for a two week trip to Kashmir where we will be going into the mountains to trek with the shepherds of our “sheep project” as they visit their sheep camps. We will then travel across northern Kashmir to Ladakh where we will be conducting 30 hours of intercession with the Moravian church. We will then go into the mountains of Ladakh prayer walking spiritual power points and villages. Intercessors from India and Egypt will be joining the team on much of this journey. Scholarships are still needed.
After this team leaves to return home, Dan will join with another team from Delhi and visit mountain villages in Himachal Pradesh. They will spend two weeks doing many home visits and trekking villages. Please pray that this time will be very powerful and effective and also pray that Dan and his team will have great physical endurance as they climb through the Himalayas!
“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…