Thanks so much to all of you who have been reading the updates and praying. We’ve heard from Dad the past two mornings and the reports have been amazing. The time in the back villages was powerful. During the medical camps and ministry to kids, Dad had the opportunity over the course of the afternoon to pray for 100 people. He developed a great bond with the man who was his translator, Isaac. He was able to meet his entire family. He also visited one of the church plants. The people, who have virtually nothing in the natural, have an overwhelming joy. One of the ladies he met was deaf and someone laid hands on her and she was healed and immediately became a believer. Entire villages have been transformed by the power of Jesus. Dad said that the few things he’s shared with us are nothing in comparison to all he has seen and experienced. He’s taken hundreds of pictures and he is writing down notes each day to try and document as much as he can. This is clearly a life-changing experience for him.
This past week, the team has been ministering in different towns and villages surrounding Bangalore in southern India. Today (Day 9) the team is splitting up into two teams and flying north. One team will be traveling to Calcutta and the other to Agra. They are probably on the flight already. Once they land, there will be a four-hour van ride to their next destination, another UEMI community transformation center. From what Dad has heard, the poverty there is even worse than what he has seen already. But God is truly moving in these places. I am sure there will be continued testimonies of what the Lord is doing and how people are excited to live for Jesus. Day 9 will be a day of just travel, no ministry. Pray for safe travel for both teams and that they would all continue to be unified and in good health. Pray too that they will be able to rest as they travel and refreshed for the ministry that will continue over the next few days.
I looked on YouTube to see if there were any videos about UEMI. I found one that someone made from a trip in 2010 to show to their church. Dad mentioned that a lot of his team members are veterans; some having gone as many as 15 years in a row. I imagine that among these faces are children he may have already met. Some of the American faces may even be a few of his current team members. A few of the things he’s mentioned, like the kids dancing, are included. It is an amazing video. I cried watching it. I am so excited that God opened the door for my Dad to go. I pray I can have an opportunity to go one day as well. For now, I truly count it a privilege to be able to pray for these beautiful people. God hears our prayers from across the globe.