Tuesday, September 3, 2013
What an amazing week! We are on our way back to Honolulu after spending this time in Mussoorie at The Firs. Once again God proved that our agendas aren't the only ones that are in play. We plan, God laughs! And He laughed a lot this week!
So much of what we wanted to do, God saw fit to change, and He performed miracles far greater than our expectations. From the young men at The Firs to the young ladies in the Salvation Home and onto the Cafe Hilife in Rajpur (Dehradun), God has been blessing in amazing ways. But not only in those places, but also in the hearts and minds of every single one of the team that journeyed from NHDH last week.
I would never have thought that literally driving up a mountain to the 7500 ft level would have created a spiritual mountaintop experience in our lives the way it has in these last 7 days. It's an amazing thing to see God at work in the hearts and lives of the young men at Firs and to be drawn in by their love and friendship. In just the same way, in Dehradun at the Salvation Home for young girls, God showed up in miraculous ways amongst the team and the young girls (and boys) at the home. In Rajpur, at Cafe Hilife, we saw the continuation of a story that had been shared with us a few weeks before via Joe. In that place, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks have found real meaning in life through their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord, and are now sharing their faith with those around them through the unique ministry of Cafe Hilife.
In the US, we think we have so many of the answers, and yet we are most often not as effective at reaching the lost in our own communities as these are in their communities. Hopefully the lessons learned during this mission trip will bring about changes in our lives that will help us become more effective in that task.
It has been an amazing week.
David & Margaret
Time flies by so fast! We are on our way back to Hawaii.
I'm continually amazed of the greatness of our God. He is doing a mighty work in the boys and young men. Through the boys and the mission team God is showing me more about community and compassion.
Sorry no pic. Will post some and share more about when we get back home :)
Monday, September 2, 2013
Sunday, September 1, 2013
One of the wondrous things we were able to do for the children this time was being them personalized journals. Croxie took photos of all the children, and they put them in plastic sleeves in the backs of their journals. Ayush came up to me yesterday after four sessions during the week and asked me when we were journaling! Love to leave a legacy.
I've gotten to know these boys and they have become brothers. We laughed together. We ate together. We sang together. Danced together. Prayed together. Played a lot of Temple Run together (and just a side note, my high score still stands!). But above all things. We loved each other. I remember back home there is a shirt that says, "Our pockets empty, but our hearts full". Super blessed to see this phrase lived out in action here in Mussoorie.
God has used these children here to teach me one of his greatest commandments: how to love. I'm sorry if I've blogged about this once before, but I just cannot get over it. I love how these children love people. They're so appreciative and grateful for what they have. Just an example, last night we made shoyu chicken for dinner. They were so stoked! They came back for seconds and thirds. Now how many times in my life was I ever excited to eat shoyu chicken? When they came back to the line, I always heard, "Thank you. It was soooo good!" You know it comes from the heart too.
As the trip comes to an end and on my way back to a country where pride, materialism, and convenience reigns, I can only pray that God will continue to fill my heart with a love and gratitude that overflows, just like these kids; that I can learn to live with my pockets empty, but my heart always full.
"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love"- 1 Corinthians 13:13