Building a bridge of faith between the C4 family in Hawaii & the Children's Homes in Mussoorie, India.
The ministry was started in 1998 as part of a Division of Foreign Mission of the Assemblies of God. The primary areas of focus are the Firs Boy's Home in Mussoorie; the Salvation House Girl's Home and the House of Life Boys' Home in Bhanwala (near Dehradun); and the Himalayan Training/Discipleship Center in Mussoorie.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Today's devotion (already read by the team who is now a day ahead of us) is encouragingly shared by Byron Goo. I apologize for any oddness in the format, but I had to hurry before my co-workers left me!
Today's devotion starts with God challenging Job. God created a crocodile as a fearsome creature. Powerful and well protected with boney scales and impenetrable skin. Surely it would be a perilous fight if we had to tangle with a crocodile.
As you make your way towards India, realize you are heading towards a crocodile. The country's sheer populous, the living conditions and the pollution can be physically challenging. You've prepared for it by packing certain gear. You've brought specific resources and expertise that may be needed.
But remember the spiritual fight that lays ahead and prepare yourself for it as well. India has 200 million false god and prophets that deceive its people. They are God's creation just like the crocodile. You are being sent to lead them out of darkness.
"Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mightly powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:10-12.
Everyday for the duration of the mission, consecrate (purify) yourself to be used by God. Put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation. Pick up your shield of faith and walk in the shoes of peace. Have at your ready command the sword of the spirit, the word of God and the name of Jesus, to breakdown strongholds of the enemy.
"Now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and those perishing. To those who are perishing we are a fearful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for a task such as this? You see we are not like those hucksters - and there are many of them - who preach just to make money. We preach God's message with sincerity and with Christ's authority. And we know that the God we sent us is watching over us."2 Cor 2:14-17 NLT
After God's final challenge, Job prays for his friends as instructed. God heals Job and blesses him with even more fortune.
Pray for India especially the people that God introduces you to on this trip. Pray for your team members. Pray for miracles and expect them to happen. God will heal and bless you just as he did is servant Job because He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Kiha shared that things are going well so far, especially because of our prayers. They are not quite halfway after 13+ hours of flying (Phewww!) Please let one of your focuses of prayer today be for their adjustment to the time changes as well as to the exhaustion they will be experiencing just with the intensity of the journey.