These last 4 weeks we have been spent in Jaipur, India. We have seen God move so much in the city and in our own lives. We have been able to minister to people living in slums, orphanages and the Mother Teresa centre.
Living in India is such an adventure! From taking rickshaws (little auto cars) to simply crossing the street.. there is always something to get your heart pumping!
We are in the middle of India’s festival season and a few days ago we celebrated a festival called Diwali – the festival of lights! The festival is a celebration to honor the god of lights. We decided to spend time worshipping Jesus, the one true light in India, and it was amazing to lift His name high while watching fireworks go off all over the city.
One day we were out doing evangelism and I was able to talk to a woman. Women here do not have a lot of opportunities to go out, so to have a simple conversation is a great way to encourage them. As we were talking she told us that her 3 year old son had blood cancer. He was sick with a fever and they took him to the hospital – while at the hospital for treatment he received a blood transfusion, and the blood that he received was infected with cancer. Seeing this little boy suffering so greatly was heart breaking, but the joy we saw on his face when we played with him and made him laugh was amazing. We visited the boy and his family for a whole week and were able to bless them and share the love of God with them; and although they didn’t accept Christ, a seed was planted in their lives. It was a blessing for our team also because it gave us opportunity to learn more about connecting relationally in a different culture.
Our time so far in India has been amazing, but please continue to pray for us! We are looking forward to seeing amazing things in these last few weeks of outreach!
Ashlie Ranger, Creative DTS Student, India Team Outreach