2015 Delhi – David Han

Remember, He Holds the Keys

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power. – 2 Thessalonians 1:11

As I was preparing my heart to go to India, I was naturally excited and ready to go. Why wouldn’t I be? I had this very special and tingly feeling that God wanted to pour into me His greater heart for the nations, especially India. I knew that God would move powerfully in the nation, and I was stirred up to be a part of that. But I also felt that on this trip, God would reveal and bring a lot of breakthrough in my own personal life. To top that off, I had been contending for my bosses to allow me to even go on missions, and they had been replying with a steadfast no. But as my team and I pressed in through prayer, God answered. He softened my boss’ hearts and they ended up happily letting me go. I felt this huge wave of momentum going forward, and I was assured that our time in India was going to be nothing short of EPIC.

As the morning of our first day of ministry approached, we all knew it was time. Our time was limited, so I told myself that I was going to be ALL IN and be fully present in every moment. I didn’t want to leave with any regrets or thoughts of not having given my all. God was already releasing unity amongst my team members, and so we knew our hearts would overflow with the Father’s love as we were being relational.

One of our ministry contacts in India was Pastor Letlal, through Native Partners for World Mission (NPWM) in Delhi. We were scheduled to hold a revival service for Delhi University students from the Kuki tribe. The Kuki are a minority ethnic group from Manipur, a state in northeast India. Many members of this community have migrated to Delhi because of schooling and job opportunities. Our first day of ministry with these students was actually quite tough, and it felt like we were hitting a lot of blockage. But by the second day, it was as if a wall had broken down. Even from the facial expressions of the students, we could tell that God had peeled back layers of their hearts, and that they were becoming more comfortable and open with us.

The second day of ministry came, and from the beginning of service as we were worshipping together, I knew that the presence of God was amongst us. There was a sense of openness and trust being established and through that, I felt a freedom that hadn’t been there before. My teammates Anastasia and AJ performed a song that they had created just for India, and this became a channel for people to worship even more freely. Pastor Anna preached about the Holy Spirit and how He comes to clothe us with identity, teach us, and empower us. Through the altar call, I could sense the deep hunger of the people to know God more, and the yearning in their hearts for His glory to fall in their lives. After our team finished praying for everyone in the room, we broke off into small groups and the youth shared about what had happened that night and how God was speaking to them.

I was partnered with my teammate Stephanie to lead a group of 8 guys. A specific moment that stood out to me involved a young college student who on the first day was timid, and did not share or talk much. The second day however was different. Despite the language barrier, he was able to share that he had been dealing with some throat problems and acid reflux for a long time. As a group, we all prayed for his healing. As we closed in prayer, another brother shared that he had been dealing with throat issues as well. I knew this was a great opportunity, so I asked the first brother to pray for the second. The first brother was hesitant because he had never prayed a prayer for healing like this, let alone for another person. However, he went for it and it was one of the most real and faith-filled prayers I’ve ever witnessed. His prayer was so pure and sincere. He had the boldness to speak it out and believe for his friend’s healing despite not seeing his own healing right away. I was so blessed by this brother’s faith and willingness, and I know that the Lord will only continue to increase him in authority!

I’ve been on previous mission trips before, but this was one of the most relational trips both with my team members, and especially with our ministry partners. God was revealing His heart for each person I met and demonstrating the greatness of His love. From being with the Kuki students to the Grace Home Children, and to even the pastors, each moment I was growing in God’s heart. There was not an instance where He was not speaking. Whether it was through a child in the orphanage with whom I was laughing and playing, to when Pastor Letlal was sharing his testimony of moving back to India and living a life of obedience, to Pastor John and Annie’s heart for the orphans and how they view them as their own children. Pastor John and Annie from Grace Home Orphanage have 2 children of their own, but they actually treat the 100+ orphanage children with as much love as their biological children. You can see that they carry the heart of the Father to the utmost and release love and discipline in a Godly way. That blessed me so much. I felt so much of God’s joy and love in their lives and it blew me away. Tears were rolling down my face as I was listening to them. God was showing me how there is hope in India because of men and women of God like this. They live radically for Him without any fear or doubt in what they are doing. They serve purely because they believe God is calling them to it and they remain faithful.

The Grace Home children also blew me away. These kids who are orphans in the natural, but they do not behave like they are fatherless. They know their identity and worth. There is no lack or insecurity within their hearts. Even their dreams are so kingdom centered. Some of these kids are as young as 7, or as old as 17. But the dreams they dream just put me in awe. After the first day, I couldn’t see them as kids. From the way they served us at their home to even the way they pray, these children are already giants in the Spirit! They are going to change India and be the future of bringing revival to this nation.

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.
– 2 Corinthians 12:9

Through this trip to India, God was teaching me and showing me that He can and desires to use me. I am sufficient, for God is sufficient. It’s time for me to take my place. I have everything I need, and Immanuel God is with me. I must be fully secure in God’s provision and go! 2 Timothy 1:7 says, For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. We must go and be the light, and shine in the darkness. We are the aroma of Christ. Be bold.

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