2015 Delhi – Joanna Oh

Empowerment of Youth

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light – 1 Peter 2:9

I am back from India and I want to share about this trip. Upon applying for missions with New Philadelphia, I found out that I was being sent to India. I was excited because 3 years ago in Korea, I met had met Pastor John and Sister Annie, two of our local ministry contacts in New Delhi. I had been volunteering at the Native Partners for World Mission (or NPWM) World Mission Conference when one day I sat next to Pastor John and heard more about his story. Pastor John testified of how God had moved his heart to start an orphanage called Grace Home for the abandoned children of India. I was amazed to hear his stories of how God was moving in the nation and I thought, one day I want to see it for myself. Three years later, I knew it was God’s divine set up for me to go to India, not just as a member but as a team leader, in order to work even more closely with the local pastors.

Our local contacts in Delhi have been ministry friends of New Philly for several years. Pastor John and Sister Annie of Grace Community Church and Grace Home for children have hosted many New Philly teams, and always talk of how refreshed and encouraged they are after every visit. Pastor Letlal and Sister Pinky, who minister to the Northeast Indian migrant community in Delhi, also honor the anointing that New Philly carries, and is always asking for more teams to come and minister.

Personally, one of the most powerful ministry times for me was the youth empowerment conference at Grace Community Church. Pastor John told us that he had been preparing for a one day youth conference inviting all the youth from different churches around the city. The main goal was to empower and equip them during this time of severe persecution. Last April, a Hindu nationalist government was voted into power and as a result Christians are facing increasingly dangerous and violent opposition. Even before we left, there was a deliberate arson attack against a church in Delhi. Nevertheless, I knew God was readying our team to carry the light of Christ in the midst of spiritual darkness. Now more than ever, we were to encourage and empower the Christians in Delhi, especially the youth. Therefore I knew God was going to move powerfully at this gathering.

When the day of the conference came, the church building was packed and people were filling up the overflow rooms as well. About 170 youth and children gathered. During the first morning session, our team lead worship and children’s dance motion songs. Team members also shared their personal testimonies of transformation through Christ. Pastor Anna, our team preacher, released a word on taking our place as believers, walking in true identity by just being who God has created us to be. It was a powerful message, clothing the youth with confidence and increased faith. In the second session, I preached on the Holy Spirit. I talked about why we need the Holy Spirit and He comes to empower and equip us to do Kingdom works. I knew this was the word God wanted me to release to the youth, and after the message, I lead an altar call for those who want to be filled by the Holy Spirit. Almost everyone stood up to receive prayer and as the team prayed for each person, Holy Spirit came with power. People were crying, falling to the ground, and receiving spiritual gifts for the first time. Fear and worthlessness were broken off and God’s children were being filled with His love and joy. I was in awe of the hunger in these youth, and by the greatness of God’s love for them. As I witnessed them encountering God in tangible way and being empowered to walk in their true identity as sons and daughters of the most high, I was in tears of thanksgiving. God is raising up a mighty generation in India and I truly believe these youth are the ones that will bring freedom and redemption for this entire nation for His glory.

In addition to glorious times of ministry, as a team leader, I experienced a grace to lead and empower the team to walk in their identity and strength. I realised there was no need to strive, but I just needed give out of the overflow of God’s love and wisdom in me. I was able to be myself and walk in grace, following the leading of Holy Spirit. Our team carried strong love and unity for one another and God multiplied it as we ministered to the locals. Also, I learned so much about being a leader and minister from Pastor John and Pastor Letlal. Their family was a huge inspiration and challenged me to walk in full obedience to God’s calling, knowing that He is always faithful. I felt empowered to walk in greater faith and confidence in who God has called me to be.

I feel so privileged to be sent to India this winter and to partner with God and the local pastors to minister to the young people there. Here are some ways you can continue to pray and seek God’s kingdom manifest in India. Please pray for

    • The youth to continue to grow strong in the Holy Spirit and be on fire for God.
    • Pastor Letlal and Sister Pinky to receive greater wisdom and vision in leading the Kuki tribal youth.

Permanent housing for Grace Home girls. Many oppose giving housing to orphans. Pray that the girls won’t have to keep moving around and for more people to partner with pastor John and Annie for their Save Girl Child Project.

THANK YOU so much for your missions offerings and praying for our team. We felt so covered, and your prayers greatly empowered our ministry in India. I know that God is going to use your prayers to release long lasting fruit. God is good! He is Lord over India. Thank you once again and God bless you.

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