I am writing from my room in the guest house in Delhi; not exactly sure of the time but sure I wish I had slept longer! But the sun is up and the city alive.
We arrived last night before midnight, pretty much on schedule. Everyone was generally weary from the journey but in good spirits. Larry & Theresa sat by a young man from the business world on the last flight and had a great opportunity to share Christ with him. He does not believe in God, but they were faithful to sow some good seeds. You might remember Abbie, I believe Larry said his name was.
In the airport as we were waiting for our luggage, we heard a public address announcement: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, taxi service to the airport will not be available.” Hmmm … turns out there was a strike of sorts. As we were exiting, the strikers were gathered outside chanting — their chants were reminiscent of the movie “Gunga Din” and the cries of the Kali worshippers. It is hard to describe the ominous nature of the chants; it made one glad to be getting out of the vicinity — and also grateful not to be in Egypt!
Blessedly, the local pastor with whom we are working, Sanjay, and one of his house church pastors whom our church supports through our “Acts 1:8 Offering”, met us at the airport exit! They had a vehicle which held most of the team and all of the luggage. Just at the right moment, a stray taxi, not affiliated with the striking group, “happened ” to appear, and now James & I had a ride! God’s Providence!
After a typical Indian taxi ride that made you feel like you were in the middle of a living video game, we made it safely to the guest house. Today is supposed to be a day to sleep in, rest, and prepare for the ministry that begins tomorrow. I kind of wish I had been able to sleep longer, but really this could work out pretty well, as I will be on close to an Indian time schedule — IF I can avoid a nap later today!
One initial request: the pollution here is extremely bad. The airport last night looked like a scene from “Casablanca” — but it wasn’t fog! You can smell it even in your room, and I already have a sore throat this morning. Do pray for health, for me and for all of our team members. I will try to get some pictures up — and won’t bother trying to describe the ones I should have taken but didn’t think of it!
Before he left, our host pastor Sanjay told us that we were going to have the opportunity to minister to hundreds of people who would gather this week in the meetings. He emphasized: “When I say hundreds, I do not mean 100 or 200; I mean many hundreds!” As many as half of those attending their church groups have not yet made a commitment to Christ. As weary as we all were at about 2:30 a.m., it gave us a real sense of anticipation for what the Lord has in store for us this week! Be praying with us!