We have been here for about a week now and things are very different from Nepal. The weather here is much hotter and more humid. The people are a lot less friendly and they love to stare.
This week we have been working with two local ministries that work with street kids. The first works with train kids. The train station is the busiest station in the world. The kids are runaway kids who go around the station and the trains to collect bottles, change, and things that they can recycle to make money. They make around 200 rupees a day where they spend half of it on food and half of it on drugs. So the ministry we worked with takes these kids in each day to provide washing, cleaning, food, education, worship and prayer.
They discipline them and teach them manners. They have been rejected by their family and the world and they need to know that they are loved. The staff there love on them and show them the love of Jesus Christ. The other ministry is similar. They take kids in whose mother's are unable to take care of their children. They provide cleaning, food, worship and prayer.We have been continuing to do a lot of prayer walks. We walked by a brothel house and prayed for the women as we walked by. We went to a temple here where they worship the god of death. This temple is the most visited temple here because it is the god of death and everyone fears this god. There was a huge line to enter the temple. They do rituals and offer sacrifices there. They say that they only sacrifice animals now but many believe they still do sexual offerings. The people are filled with fear there and worship their god out of fear. Our God is greater, stronger and higher than any other.On our own strength and abilities it seems like we can so little compared to how massive these problems are. India is filled with people living in the streets, filled with false gods and worship, filled with emptiness and hopelessness. But we have to have faith that our little mustard seeds can move mountains. I believe that even though it seems like I can do so little and that my prayers can do so little, our impact in the spiritual realm is far more than we can imagine.
Thank you everyone, I miss and love you all! I'm reminded to pray for you guys at home continually. Internet access here is very limited so I may not be able to write an update for a few weeks. We are leaving Kolkata on the 26th and taking a 24 hour train ride to Chennai which is Southern India. There we will be working with villages there so I am very excited for that. Maybe I'll get a taste of Vietnam there.
I also want to inform you that I will never email asking for money or a wire transfer of any sort. There has been some hacking of emails where they will go into our emails and ask to wire money. Even if it is from my email address it is a scam. If I need any support I will contact home directly.Thank you guys all once again!!
We love because he first loved us. - 1 John 4:19