2017 India – Kayla Vezeau

His Power is Made Perfect in Weakness

“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

I had the privilege of going to Chennai, India from Dec 26-31st with a team sent from New Philadelphia Church. I had actually gone to Chennai back in 2010 during a missions internship, but it hadn’t been a fulfilling experience. I also didn’t anticipate going on a missions trip this season because I initially didn’t have the time off work and I wasn’t feeling so enthusiastic about going on a short-term trip. However, I felt the urge to sign up once it was announced that we were going to send a team to Sri Lanka for the first time. Sri Lanka is a country that was deep on my heart 9 years prior, and I thought that perhaps God was calling me to go to Sri Lanka. The morning of my first mission training, I found out that I was not going to Sri Lanka or Nepal (the other mission location) but that a new team had been created to go to Chennai, India. That morning, I couldn’t stop smiling as I knew that God was sending me back to India, and I knew without a doubt that He was going to redeem my time there.

But upon landing in the field, I began to get very sick and struggled with a high fever and other symptoms for the first two days. It wasn’t easy, and I couldn’t understand why God allowed me to be so sick. Nevertheless, I had no doubt in my mind that I was exactly where I was supposed to be. On our second day in the field, we went to a village to do outreach. It was mainly children who attended, along with a few adults. We started off by leading the kids in a revised version of the classic “Power in the Blood,” followed with actions. After our team preacher shared his testimony and the Gospel, we saw many respond to receive Jesus Christ into their hearts.

As we went to different villages and churches to do outreach and lead services, I saw many people who were hungry for truth. We continued to see God move powerfully among the people as we ministered. During one church service in a village we saw two people healed: one woman with chronic stomach pain for 3 years, and one woman with chronic leg pain and fever.

Throughout the week, we continued to visit a few villages. We would preach a simple message, led children’s songs, share a testimony, and pray for people. The missionaries we worked with in Chennai have been working hard to minister and reach those both inside and outside the church community. Our team had the amazing privilege of reaping a harvest which had been so faithfully sown and cultivated.

During our last day of ministry I had the opportunity to talk with middle school age kids about healing and shared my testimony of God’s supernatural healing in my life. I asked the kids if they believed that God could use them. We followed up by giving the kids a chance to come and pray for healing over me. It was such a safe environment where the children were able to put their faith and prayer into action. I prayed that their faith would be stirred up and continue to grow and result in supernatural testimonies in the future. It was an incredible time.

Looking back, I feel like I gained more from this trip than the people to whom we ministered. In fact they ministered to me, showing me what serving and following Christ really looks like. This trip to Chennai redeemed my previous trip back in 2010 and God began to stir within me a deep hunger again for the mission field. Even through my sickness and weakness in the beginning of the trip, I was reminded that God isn’t dependent on my physical strength, but on my willingness. Regardless of how I felt or “well” I did in the field, God moved. It’s in our weakness that Christ proves Himself strong. And it is He who deserves all the glory.