2014 Delhi – Nina Yoo

Life Changing Mission

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.” – Isaiah 43:19

I’ve been attending church for the past 30 years and have heard many stories of missions, but I had never considered going myself. However, at the end of 2013, I was determined to go wherever God would send me. This was my first missions trip so I had no grid for what to expect, but I submitted myself to God and left for Delhi, India.

The first part of our trip was spent with the children at Grace Home, an orphanage led by Pastor John, our local contact through Native Partners for World Mission. We taught the children Math, English, and Science over the course of five school days. In the beginning, I was very worried about teaching a class because I am not very confident in my English, but I could literally feel that God was strengthening my weaknesses, as if a lion was waking up inside of me. Each day was a challenge, but He matured me. On the last day of classes, we went around the class praying for each student. I knew that God was going to use each and every one of them so powerfully and I was able to approach God more intimately as I prayed. Then all of a sudden one of the children offered to pray for me as well. I told her that my dream is to be a global singer and to preach the Gospel to those who don’t know God’s love. The girls laid their small hands on my head and began to pray in Hindi with all their hearts. Their pure and genuine prayers knew no end and I started to weep as I felt showers of God’s love. Our team was sent to Grace Home to awaken their dreams but these children ended up renewing and strengthening my own dreams.

With hearts overflowing, our team then sent to minister to at Kuki Worship Service Delhi. The Kuki are a tribe from Manipur, which is a state in Northeast India. Many people from this region migrate to Delhi for work and for education. Our second local contact, Pastor Letlal, is originally from Manipur and pastors a congregation of Kuki migrants in the capital. For our first ministry gathering the church Sunday School teachers and students ranging from kindergarten to college age all gathered together to worship. But the first night felt a little cold and dry. As a special performance I sang “You Satisfy My Soul” and prayed that God would fill each person with His Spirit. After the service, two worship leaders, Minlal and Ginboi, came up to me and told me that they had never really been moved, or cried, or experience the fire of the Holy Spirit at church. But after my song at today’s service they were so touched and couldn’t stop crying. These worship leaders also felt that everyone’s souls were being awakened and they kept on thanking me. It was almost as if the Manipuri people were surprised to see us worship in such freedom, passion, and joy. The younger children in the congregation kept on looking at our team during the service but by the end of the evening, the whole room was filled with extravagant worship. And that moment I realized that these are the people who were going to change Manipur. It was in order to raise up these mighty warriors that God had sent our team to Delhi!

The day before we left India, our team was also able to minister to over a thousand students at an elite Christian private school in Delhi. When they announced that we were visiting from Korea, one student ran to the Headmistress and asked if he could meet the team. This student was in 6th grade and his name was Yaedo (예도). I asked him about school life. As he was fluent both in English and in Hindi I thought he was doing well. However, he began to share with me that he was actually going through a hard time. He was the only Korean in the entire school and had been bullied for 6 years. Litter was thrown at him and even worse things were hurled at his head. I couldn’t imagine the hurt and pain that he held in his heart. I asked Yaedo if the bullying had stopped once his language skills improved, but he said that it still continued. At that moment I started to cry and just hugged him. After that, another team member and I prayed for him. I prayed that God would heal all his hurt, protect him and give him strength. I prayed for God to use him in great ways both in India and in Korea, and to use him to strengthen the relationship between these two countries.

For me, every day of this missions trip was life-changing and the key divine appointment of this trip was meeting Yaedo. I was the only Korean native on our team and Yaedo told me things that he couldn’t share with others. I was so thankful that I was able to meet him and pray for him. I am eager for the day we meet again and share more testimonies. God is raising up His mighty warriors not only amongst the orphans and the migrants, but also within the foreigners that have been called to India.

On the behalf of the entire Manipur Team I want to thank New Philly and everyone who supported us financially and with your prayers. Through your partnership we were able to witness the beginning of a powerful revival amongst the Manipuri community in Delhi. And just like a fresh fire was stirred up in the people if India, I feel like the Lord also put a huge engine in me to really live my life to the fullest. The Creator God has made us wonderfully, and we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. This was truly a life-changing missions trip. Thank you so much for making it a reality.

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