Kashmir Invitations

Team at riverWe have just finished our week of praying through parts of Kashmir. It has been a week where we once again stand in awe of what God is doing…so much beyond any human agenda could ever hope to accomplish.

It began with an invitation from a Muslim man to come to his home for Eid, a very holy day of feasting, celebrating the end of the 40 days of fasting called Ramadan. During the evening I had the chance to share with him about Jesus…the Presence of God was heavy as he listened intently.  We then prayed and blessed him and his family.

This man has also invited us tView from villageo to do an economic development project in a remote mountain village near the Pakistani border where there is severe poverty. It turns out that this project is among the Gurjars, one of the most unreached people groups in the world. They are nomadic shepherds spreading from Afghanistan through Northern India.

We visited one of their villages of about 250 people where we will initiate the project of raising sheep. We spent the day with the village leader going from house to house meeting the shepherds and their families. Our friend told them we are Christians and that in addition to the sheep project we had come to pray for them and their people.

The vilWoman in villagelage greeted us very warmly and treated us with great respect. After eating with them many escorted us to our vehicles giving hugs and asking us to return…and then…the real shock came.

Our friend and the village leader escorted us to a top of a hill with the most amazing views of the surrounding mountains. “Here is the land we will give you to build your prayer house so you can come Village HOP sitehere and pray for our people.” I stood there in disbelief. (Yeah, I know I’m supposed to have faith but come on, this is just crazy – an unreached Muslim tribe was inviting us to build a house of prayer in the mountains of Kashmir!)

The next day our friend came to meet with me to discuss the project…once again I shared the love of Jesus with him.  This time tears began to roll down his face as Holy Spirit began to penetrate his heart.

Throughout the rest of the week our host who is an Anglican priest showed us two more locations in Kashmir where buildings are available to establish prayer houses where teams of intercessors from all over the world can come to pray for this very strategic region. God’s ways are so far above our ways, beyond what we could ask or imagine!

The invitations keep coming…faster than we can respond…so we extend an invitation to you…to pray, to go and to give as God uses us to reach those who have never heard.

Dan with shepherdsDan with village leader