Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Guest House Project

We have added few more rooms to our guest house. I am grateful to God for giving me this passion to do this construction works. This is a venture we took to make the boys home self-supported eventually. Thank you dear people for your love and support. We have seen in your your lives as the scripture says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). You have invested in us. May God accepted your sacrificial givings as a sweet aroma unto Himself.

One more son, Sarthak

Jai Mashi Ki, introducing Sarthak, age 7. He is a complete orphan boy, from outskirts of Dehradun. If he had not come here, by now he could have been dead, as the people with whom he was staying used to brutally beat him for him being a burden to them. The day we brought him, he was bleeding from his head due to a deep cut by wine bottle. He was in excruciating pain not able to walk properly and talk. I am glad that he has found a new home.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

How to cure a self focused heart!

6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  (2 Cor 12)

Paul says that he has every right to boast because it would be the truth BUT he refrains so that people do not think of him more than is warranted.  If anything Paul’s desire is to boast about his weaknesses not about his accomplishments!

This is such a struggle lately.  Where in ministry…I want the credit for my part.  Where at work…I want recognition.  Where at home…..I want words of appreciation.  This is what feeds my flesh that fights against the Spirit of God.  Jesus tells us to deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Him.  That His power is made perfect in our weaknesses.  HE>i.  That people need to see more of Jesus and less of me.

The pathway to freedom is to feed my SPIRIT rather than my flesh.  To worship God…to be in His presence…to be encouraged, affirmed and filled with Him.  Then I will have more of an overflow of love and life to people.  Then I will not be so needy in my affirmation of man.  As my SPIRIT grows stronger my need for worldly affirmation will decrease.

Lord I commit to more time in your presence.  More time in prayer, worship, in your word…more time in solitude and silence with you.  That is the answer to my thirst for affirmation from people.  Thank you for your truth and revelation today.  For counseling me and reminding me that you are ALL that I need.  That you are the source that brings ALOHA in my life and to those around me.  In Jesus name I pray Amen

Sunday, March 30, 2014

God sized goals will face opposition even by those we expect to support us.
*4 Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it. 5 He said to the men of Sukkoth, “Give my troops some bread; they are worn out, and I am still pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.”

6 But the officials of Sukkoth said, “Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your troops?”

7 Then Gideon replied, “Just for that, when the Lord has given Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and briers.”

8 From there he went up to Peniel[a] and made the same request of them, but they answered as the men of Sukkoth had. 9 So he said to the men of Peniel, “When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower.”

10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with a force of about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of the armies of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand swordsmen had fallen. 11 Gideon went up by the route of the nomads east of Nobah and Jogbehah and attacked the unsuspecting army. 12 Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, fled, but he pursued them and captured them, routing their entire army.

13 Gideon son of Joash then returned from the battle by the Pass of Heres. 14 He caught a young man of Sukkoth and questioned him, and the young man wrote down for him the names of the seventy-seven officials of Sukkoth, the elders of the town. 15 Then Gideon came and said to the men of Sukkoth, “Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me by saying, ‘Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your exhausted men?’” 16 He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Sukkoth a lesson by punishing them with desert thorns and briers. 17 He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town. (Judges 8)*

Gideon and his men were up against crazy odds.  Gideon had 300 exhausted men.  The army he was pursuing had 15,000 men.  (That’s a 1-50 ratio.)  But keep in mind that Gideon had already killed 120,000 men.  As they pursued Zebah and Zalmunna, the officials of Sukkoth refused to support Gideon and his men.  They responded, do you already have Zebah and Zalmunna?  Ouch that must have hurt!  There had no faith in Gideon and in God.  He went to Peniel and they answered the same.  Double ouch!  Despite his amazing victory, Gideon still faced opposition from Sukkoth and Peniel.

Many times in the things God calls us to…we will face disbelief by people closest to us.  Even in our biggest victories, we will face skepticism and unbelief.  When we do God sized things, we will face giant opposition.  This is where we must double down and trust in God and not man.  Gideon stayed humble and fearless.  He continued to stay focused and not get distracted by the skepticism and opposition of man.

Many times as we move forward with the things God lays out before us…even in the face of overwhelming obstacles/odds and even after we have proven ourselves as righteous and worthy, we will face opposition by our friends and by those on our team.  We cannot take this unbelief personally and worse yet have it distract us.  Many leaders in the bible have experienced this…Nehemiah, David, Moses, Noah, etc.

Almighty Father, creator of heaven and earth.  I know that the things you call me too will face opposition from my enemies and friends.  That my heart needs to be fixed on you and your call.  That I need to guard my heart…not have my heart get hard but to remain a shepherd as I persevere.  To be compassionate and a heart that will love over all circumstances.  To remember that many have walked the same path and trust that it will strengthens my faith in you and you alone.  That I will learn to fear you and not man.  Give me the heart and faith of Gideon.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

There is ALWAYS a pathway through the temptation we face,  if we focus on JESUS.

For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”[a] 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ,[b] as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  (1 Cor 10)

Despite many seeing the Lord’s power and miracles, many people still did not walk in obedience to God.  We need to learn from the consequence of their disobedience.  We need to be on guard for the devil’s strategy is to tempt us, to deceive us, to have us be selfish and self focused, and to destroy us.  But God is our help and shield.  No temptation will come to us that we cannot bear and God will give us a pathway out.  That as we SUBMIT to God, RESIST the devil, the devil will flee and we will walk in victory.

Lord help me to SUBMIT to you…that is the only way we can FIND victory over the devil’s schemes and lies.  Through the trials and victories of life, we will be tempted by the devil.  We must constantly be on alert and to have Jesus be our help and shield.

Lord Almighty, thank you that you have authority over ALL things.  That nothing the devil can throw at us will separate us from your love and power.  Help me to be on guard.  To not be prideful.  That my trust and hope comes not from my own strength but from God.  Give me the faith to TRUST in you and to have the CONFIDENCE that your plan is always greater than what I can do on my own.  In His presence is HIS JOY and HIS JOY would be my strength.  In Jesus I place my trust and in His matchless name I pray.  AMEN.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Seeking to be in His Presence


9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9)

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
    he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him.  (Ps 23)

Moses has passed away and Joshua is being installed as the new leader.  Joshua cannot rest on the accomplishments of Moses but needs to lead the people of Israel.  He can be scared and insecure but but God reassures Joshua to be strong and courageous that God will be with him whereever he goes.

Then in the Psalms, He encourages us to not be ANXIOUS or WORRY but to TRUST in God.  To find JOY and PEACE in His presence...knowing that God will be our DELIVERER, REFUGEE, and STRONGHOLD.  That the Lord will be our help and shield.

This gives me reassurance in the things I am facing.  Many times I feel overwhelmed with the things I face.  His word tells me not FRET and WORRY for these things will just lead to EVIL.  I need to SEEK the LORD and invite HIS presence in my life.  That HE would FILL me and give me HIS PEACE, JOY and STRENGTH.

Almighty God, I am thankful for your word and your faithfulness.  That even though the things you call me to are BIGGER than I my self that with you I can do ALL things.  That it would be accomplished not by my own power or strength but by your SPIRIT.  Lord that is my prayer.  That I cannot do the things you call me to on my own strength.  I will self destruct and my FRETTING will lead to EVIL and hurt the people closest to me.  I need to find my CONFIDENCE and JOY in your presence.  I seek your presence in my life today.  I worship you and ask that I be filled with your presence.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen

Give Me Faith - Elevation Worship

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A new season begins

 The weather has dried up and with coming back of all the boys, a new season has started.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Do NOT Forget the Lord

Do Not Forget the Lord

8 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.

6 Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.

10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. (Deut 8)

In Deut 8 Moses teaches the Israelites to NOT FORGET the time they spent in the wilderness for 40 years. To be humble and to trust in the Lord. That He disciplines those He loves. That the FEAR of the LORD comes before the FAVOR of the LORD. That in times of prosperity, Moses tells us to NOT FORGET the lessons that God gave us in the tough seasons of our life. It is easy for us to begin to take credit and push out Jesus as the center of our lives. That we begin to trust in ourselves rather than in God. That our heart begins to desire for God to serve our needs and desires rather than us serving God.

The shift in my hearts can be so small and deceptive that I may not even notice it.
- I will know as I abide in His presence and He searches my heart
- I will know because there will be less fruit in my relationships.
- I will know because there will be less joy and peace in my life and more anxiousness and judgement
- I will know because I will live more in judgment than in compassion.
- I will know because submitting to authority will be harder
- I will know because I will be less grateful and start to focus on the things I don’t have
- I will know because there will be less of His presence and POWER in my life

Lord I am thankful for your love. I am thankful that you have ALL authority over heaven and earth. In times of plenty and want, I find my contentment in knowing that I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. That I will bless the Lord and worship His HOLY NAME. Whatever is past or whatever lies before me…LET ME BLESS THE LORD. I welcome your Lordship and your HOLY SPIRIT in my life . Help me to live pleasing to you…that I may hear your voice….well done my good and faithful servant. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Strategy Session with Joe

Had a great 1/2 day vision/strategy session with Joe and the team leaders. For such a time as this! Dad is going to use this hard unreached remote city to touch a nation and the world. We place our hope in Him!

Left the boys :(

Today we left the orphanage around 8 am and had to say good bye to half the boys. The other half trekked with us for 1 hour down the mountain in snow and slush while helping to carry our luggage. They are such sweet and loving boys.
In America only for super important visits do family and friends even park the car at an airport opposed to just driving by to pick up their guest. The kind sweet boys walked with us! I love the hospitality of all of them. I will truly miss their company. I'm so glad to have met them and the opportunity to get to know many of them.
I love you all, I hope I get to see you all again.

Another story to be told

Every trip has it's own unique story...  But this is a first for us!  A trek down the mountain in a snow storm. Over half the Boy's home made the journey with us and what we thought would be the most dreadful part of this trip turned into a blessing!  
Love our family in India!

Holy Spirit you are welcome here!

What an amazing night of worship!  Ko, Bobby, Sushil and Sandeep leading us into the presence of the Holy Spirit. Addiction is broken, lives healed and hearts filled with his love. 
Jesus you are mighty to save!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Every mission has its unique twists :)

Those Boys are Becoming Young Men...of God!

Great to see everyone! Boys doing great and chasing after God's call on their lives. Imagine the miracle of raising up pastors that will for the next generation. Jai Mashi Ki P.S. Bobby has grown so much after finishing his DTS. Proud of this young man. Pray for him that He will keep Jesus at the center of EVERYTHING!

Fun in the Snow

Having FUN in the predicts more of the same for the next several days. Seems like we will be trekking down to Claremont or lower with our luggage to catch a cab to the airport. Group is small and young..except for me. :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Prayers please

Mussoorie is once again covered in a beautiful white blanket that is great to play in but hard to make one's way through in order to get down the mountain to the airport! Please pray that the snow lets up by time they leave tomorrow, otherwise their trek down might look like the photo...

Hanging on to all that God provides!

The Lord is doing some amazing things here at FIRS.  It is an absolute blessing to be surrounded by boys with such incredible faith for Jesus!  No matter the trails, it's pretty evident that these kids will always remember to put God first.

Been running around all day in many ways

Lots of things have been happening like strategic planning, prayer, worship, and relationship building.

Some of the best parts have definitely been being with the boys!!!! Here's some of those cuties!!!

Standing in tomorrow's promise

Today we stood together in prayer over the future Himalayan Bible School.  What looks like a broken down building, God  will soon raise to be a beacon of hope for a nation.  A place to raise up pastors to reach the hardest people groups in India.  

We don't walk by what we see but by the promises of God!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Eat, Love, Pray

Eating lunch and sharing amazing stories of life.  So blessed to be with these fine young men

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Missions in India=awesome food

Got in late last night and fell asleep early. Woke up this morning and got to jump straight into worship of God with the boys :)

It's awesome to praise God in a language you don't know.

And eating Indian food is proving to be awesome!!!!

Happy Birthday Keane!

Happy Birthday Keane, God bless you and make you a blessing to many! Thank you for choosing to come to meet your family on this special day.

Starting the day off right

Open the eyes of our hearts Lord I want to see you. 

Keane's birthday reception!

Monday, February 10, 2014

1 Hour out of Delhi

Yay! Our heroes are back on track, scheduled to land in Delhi in 1 hour.  There they will get to rest overnight before catching one more flight to Dehradun, where they will meet up with Ashish and Joe and several of the older boys who are currently studying in Dehradun.  After some time together, they will head up the windy road to Mussoorie and the Firs.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Morning charge at Starbucks!

The journey continues

As we leave Japan this morning  for Bangkok then on to India. The journey continues