2011 India – Manipur – Inoh Song

Indiamond

 

Testifying has always been a challenge for me.

I have never abused illegal substances. I have never smoked cigarettes. I have not recovered from physical illness miraculously, nor have any of my family members. I have stayed emotionally healthy for most of my life. I have not suffered depression or crippling insecurities or any sort of external abuse.

I have been a Christian since I was thirteen. I identify myself mostly as a Calvinist, but I often think about what it means to be a “chosen one.” Was I chosen early on to avoid the evils in life? How does the timing of my salvation tie into my life now? I believe answers to such questions will come as I continue this journey of life.

To say the least, my experience in Korea has changed me. It all started with a mission trip to India back in 2008. But it was not until I came back from the most recent mission trip that I came to understand what it means to have a life-changing experience. I mean a life-changing experience not in a lofty sense but in much more subtle yet profound way. Batman was made Batman. Spiderman was also made Spiderman. But Superman was born Superman. He disguises himself as Clark Kent. We live as Clark Kents in our daily life, but when we go on missions, we become Superman, our true identity. I realize now that when I go on missions trips, that’s my reality and not vice versa.

During this trip, the invisible veil over me was finally lifted and I connected with people on a deeper level. I cannot figure out why I wasn’t able to make these connections on my two previous trips to India, but I suspect that my walk and timing factored in somehow.

In light of my recent departure from a relationship, I thought the trip was quite malapropos. But I had already made the decision to go India regardless of the outcome of my relationship. Feeling justified by the circumstance, I took the sheep mentality and wanted to follow a leader. When asked to lead the group, I was stunted for a bit, but the answer was clear. The night I returned from the trip, I wept, fully realizing for the first time what it means to be “humbled by His love.” God had sent me to India not necessarily to challenge me but because He really loved me.

For a returner, the initial shock of dilapidated everything and suffocating pollution is minimal. As I probed deeper, God spoke very clearly that He loves India very much. Well, enough for us to visit the nation three times and probably more.

Grace Home for Children was our first stop. The level of fellowship was different. The children brought so much joy as usual. During worship, open heaven was upon us. Since the first visit back in 2008, I felt that the children at Grace Home would be the future leaders of India. This time, we were able to actualize that by solidifying their calling through prophetic prayers. It was heartbreaking to say goodbye after only a day-long visit. I wiped my tears as I promised that the next visit would be longer than a day.

The preliminary schedule was changing a bit, but the more changes we had, the better I felt, as I trusted that the Holy Spirit was guiding us. The rest of the team arrived a few days later, and I felt the completion of the gold chain. The gold chain was a vision released by sister Anita concerning the team, prior to our departure. I held on to the vision and saw how faithfully it was being fulfilled through God’s blessings both to the team and to each member.

The team finally arrived in Manipur, the focal point of our trip. The place looked just as peaceful as I remembered. But the region had also gone through some positive changes that brought greater peace. For one, the permit requirement for foreigners has been lifted, cutting a lot of red tape, praise the Lord!

For the Sunday school group at Kuki Baptist Church, Diana (one anointed woman of God! ^^) led VBS. I’ve participated in many VBS sessions, but this one was the best one I’ve ever encountered. It literally brought me to tears. Not only little children, but people in college and beyond were genuinely engaged and had so much fun together. Joy and worship filled up the whole place. Monday Fellowship that same night set the tone for the next three days of revival services. We had a number of complete healings at the service after praying for physical healings. Praise God!

I’ve always felt that identity was one of my strengths. Knowing my identity secures my leadership style, personality, and interactions with others. I’ve learned early on not to strive but to move in the identity of sonship. Standing on the word of God from Luke 10: 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy, I was able to exercise my authority as a child of God. The problem was complacency. It’s oftentimes a balance between the two. On the first night of the revival, the scales tipped over to complacency. A Hindu temple was being built up next door, and spiritual attacks came in the form of distraction, scattering the translator. But God still showed us many healings that night.

The next day, our team changed our strategy and prayed over the area, for the revival service and for the translator. The message was so powerful that even the most conservative people started clapping in the middle of the sermon in multiple occasions. That night, a lot of people were being delivered from spirits during the altar call.

But God always saves the best for last. The last night of the revival was both powerful and touching. Many people fell under the power of the Holy Spirit as they had on the previous nights. A lot of people came forward to the altar, and I was personally blessed to see so many people wanting to receive prayer, fully trusting that God answers prayer. James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

The trip was truly significant and triumphant. What’s more amazing is that the place we were at had a 6.4 earthquake approximately 9 hours after we left. (http://www.e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=4..050211.feb11) I believe earthquakes signify victory as when Jesus died on the cross, there was a great earthquake. I believe that’s the sign of God’s shaking of the strongholds in India and readying to equip the saints and to transform the nation. And of course, no one was hurt.

Towards the end of the trip, minor attacks took place as the enemy was trying to get a hold of us. On the final night in Manipur, the entire team was woken up to pray against a painful spiritual attack on one of our team members. The pain moved around as we prayed, clearly indicating that this was a spiritual battle. At the crack of dawn, the pain was finally lifted. We all laughed and shouted hallelujah. But on top of that attack, we were accused of stealing two tea packages from a Hindu-owned store, a couple of cab drivers were swindling us, and one of the local church staff got into a car accident on the last day of our trip. But thankfully, he was okay and was able to take us around. All of these issues were resolved. I was reminded of another prophecy from Anita regarding the trip that though the enemy is trying to pursue us, we will always be one step ahead. Therefore, do not be discouraged. Simply put, God is awesome.

India is not just a third world country where I go to minister. It is a place where I get transformed, as the people of India shower me with a genuine love and hospitality that is hard to find these days. It is my second home where my family awaits. I hope to see them soon and perhaps you will too.

Reality checked.

In His Love,
Inoh Song

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