2014 Delhi – Marcus Corpening

Step of Faith

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” –Matthew 18:2-3

“I know this is going to sound weird, bro – but as I’m praying for you, I can’t stop seeing the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie. I feel like that on this trip the Lord is going to lead you into a greater level of childlikeness.” – P. David Ahn praying for me on Feb 1st, the day before our Delhi team departure.

Childlikeness. If I could describe the 2014 winter missions trip to Delhi, India in one word it would be “childlikeness.” According to Webster’s Dictionary, “childlike” is defined as one “resembling, suggesting, or appropriate to a child or childhood; especially: marked by innocence, trust, and ingenuousness”. It was through this trip, through the experiences both corporate and personally, that God began the deep work of restoring unto me a childlike heart – through giving me innocence, renewed trust, and a reinvigorated heart of discovery!

“Marcus bhaiya [meaning older brother], do you remember my name?”
The expectancy in each one of their beautiful brown faces spoke volumes of how desperately they wanted to be remembered. I could see in their eyes that they knew me – but what was more important was whether or not they were known. As we walked through Grace Home, the orphanage outside of Delhi that currently holds over 100 children, child after child ran up to me asking me the same question – “Do you remember me?” My mind raced through the directory of names stored from the thousands of children I’ve met on past trips – and I was immediately met with my own limitation and weakness, for I could not remember a single name. “It’s ok, Marcus bhaiya,” they would say, and then as if it had never happened, they would reintroduce themselves with a big hug. They assumed the best of me – and as we spent the next five days teaching, equipping, and loving on them my heart overflowed with the revelation that as they innocently believe the best of me, how much more should I believe the best of God!

“Pastor Marcus, we were expecting more people to come, but there was a situation last night. These are all of the young people that will be at the revival service tonight.”
The anger and disappointment hit me like a ton of bricks. As I turned away from Pastor Letlal, our Delhi NPWM contact to look into the sanctuary, my heart was flooded with emotions. We were about to hold our last revival meeting with Kuki Worship Service, a ministry in Delhi specifically geared to those from Manipur who were currently living in Delhi. After our first meeting the night before, a young 14-year old girl was sexually assaulted right outside of the church walls, and many of those who were meant to attend the meeting instead opted to protest at the police station.

As I took my seat in the sanctuary, surrounded by 30+ Kuki young people, all I felt was anger and disappointment – angry at the devil, and disappointed with the situation. Yet in that place, God spoke, “Do you trust me? Do you believe that I can take these 30, and raise them up to change this nation? Do you trust me to lead you, son?” As the “Yes” resonated in my heart, I stepped on the pulpit no longer angry or afraid – but in full confidence that God was going to move in power. The power of God went out during the prayer time, as young people were shaking and trembling to the ground, receiving tongues, and later committing their lives to full-time ministry as missionaries and pastors in India! God is good!

“God wants us to unwrap each day as if it were Christmas morning.”
Every day on the field was met with new challenges, new opportunities, and a chance to discover something amazing! Even though I’ve been on countless trips, this trip to Delhi was one where every day was a new opportunity to follow the Father. Whether it was the major Manipur leg of our trip canceling 2 days before our departure, having to preach a revival service with 5 minutes of preparation, or simply learning how to believe the best and trust the Father – this trip taught me that life is meant to be a journey of constant discovery. Before the trip, one brother gave me a word that this trip would be one of “tremendous joy,” and it was – as each day God displayed a new measure of His love and power!

In 2009, I ventured to Delhi as a wide-eyed, naive Intern Pastor who had never been on a missions trip before. Five years and 10 trips later, I returned as a more mature and experienced veteran – yet the voice of the Father was eerily similar to me now as it was then, calling me to “become like a little child.” It was in that place of childlikeness – of innocence, trust, and ingenuousness – that God poured out His love is such amazing ways! Thank you so much for partnering with me in this journey, and my prayer is that God will inspire you to live like His beloved child! Blessings!

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