From our team in India working with children.

By Mallory Tyler

Wow, what an incredible day. I honestly don't even have words to describe it. How do I put into words the significance of standing in front of a classroom of 30 children telling them who God and Jesus are for the first time in all of their lives? What words can possibly capture the feeling in my heart when I return to that classroom later in the day to find they have colored crosses on all of their crafts, one girl even writing (in English) "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. -Jesus." How can I tell you about the discouragement our team was facing after yesterday, and how God not only stood in the way of that, but completely defeated it today? In each of our 14 different experiences. I wish you could've come with me to the house church tonight as we sat in a 12' x 12' room packed full of women and children, listening to them praise the very same God we worship, and seeing their faces as I shared from the book of Ruth. And then walked the dusty, dirty, narrow alleys as each of the women took us to their houses to show us where they live and get us to pray for them. Praying with a Muslim woman after she asks how to pray to "this Jesus." Sitting on a bed surrounded by sweet beautiful children climbing over one another to sit next to you. Having an Indian woman tell you (via a translator) that she would normally be at home right now fixing dinner for her family but she wants to sit and listen and learn about God. And how you all are blessing her by simply being here. Having another woman come grab your hand, tuck your arm in hers, and say to you "Chalo" (Let's go), dragging you through the streets that she calls home, smiling from ear to ear the entire time. Meeting 3 children who are sponsored through Compassion International and getting to hear them sing "This is the day the Lord has made" in Hindi. No, I don't think any words will do this day justice. But I do know that I will never, ever forget this night for as long as I live. I will never forget how God showed Himself so real, true, powerful, loving, giving, and alive through the dirty, painted, beautiful smiling faces of these women and children dwelling in physical poverty, but living in eternal hope through Jesus Christ our Lord. Our God is alive and moving in India, and I am so humbled that He has allowed me to experience Him in such a mighty way today. Praise His Holy name. We are redeemed.

"Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other. Our God is Healer, awesome in power...And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?"