2015 Delhi – Stephanie Grady

Hope Restored

My name is Stephanie Grady and I had the honor of being on the mission team that New Philadelphia Church sent to New Delhi, India over the Christmas break. I, along with 11 other people on my team, prayed and readied ourselves to be a blessing to the NPWM (Native Partners for World Mission) ministries there. Most of us really had no idea what awaited us, but we all wanted to go and be a part of something with lasting fruit. We wanted to see powerful encounters and we did. Holy Spirit moved powerfully, bringing freedom and transforming mindsets. It was amazing and I know many lives will bear great fruit after these encounters. However, what was even more amazing to me is what we saw God doing among the orphans of India. Although this was my first time to serve on a missions team with New Philadelphia, it wasn’t my first time to do missions. I’ve actually been a missionary in East Asia for many years. I’ve worked with children in many different situations, but have never been around orphans. Because I have such a big heart for kids, I was worried that I might be overcome by sadness and cry a lot. But thankfully that was not my experience.

Pastor John and his beautiful wife Annie are NPWM missionaries and God is doing an amazing work through them and the children who have been entrusted to their care. Grace Home is a shelter. It is a place where children escape horrible circumstances and find hope again. I saw a community of brothers and sisters who love much because they had received so much. I saw a Papa and Mama who have taken so many kids into their hearts and wanted to take in even more. Just from spending time seeing the children interact with Pastor John and Sister Annie blessed me so much. They are truly Papa and Mama to so many kids and are making a huge impact on the youth of India for the Kingdom of God. We even got to pray for one of the boys from the boys home who is currently in seminary. The fruit of this ministry is so real. Pastor John and Sister Annie don’t just want to just raise these children up, but they want to walk with these sons and daughters for the rest of their lives.

One evening we had the privilege of spending time in small groups with the boys of Grace Home. In my group, I had five boys ranging in ages from 11 to 20. After learning their names, I asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. One wanted to be an engineer, one a scientist, one a pastor, one a social worker, and one wanted to be a tailor. After praying for them, I asked if they would pray for me, and I could literally feel the power of their prayers. When they finished, I wanted to tell them that their prayers were powerful, but I wasn’t sure how. So I asked them, “What do you feel when your Papa John prays for you?” They showed me that they felt stirred inside and that it was powerful. Then I told them that I felt the same when the prayed for me, and they all smiled. Our team also got a chance to spend time with the girls of Grace Home. We talked. We sang. We joked. We laughed. We danced. These girls were free to be their own unique selves and were treasured. They were being educated and growing up understanding that they have value. In fact, Pastor John has started a sponsorship campaign to help girls in India because girls have been so devalued in that society.

In my heart, what Grace Home is doing has established a new standard. I didn’t know it was possible, but now I see that this an example of what is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 2:9. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” God loves India and I was able to experience a small piece of that love on this trip. Now I know that God has faithful sons and daughters in dark places sharing His powerful love and being His hands and feet. They are taking children off of the streets. They are healing children who have addictions, those who have been abandoned, or were rescued from child labor. These ministers are providing God’s children with an education, vocational training, and medical care. They are providing a family environment and a strong spiritual foundation, teaching them about Jesus and the healing power of God’s love. The kingdom of God is advancing in India and these are the ambassadors who will bring heaven to earth. It was an honor to witness this all first hand and it has been an honor to share my story with you.

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