Here, as I sit in my Indian home in the village in the Jalpaiguri jungle area, surrounded by the tea gardens which are nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, I feel that I have entered into the joy of God’s promise as an open Heaven is over this place, saturated by the prayer of the saints who live here. They are first generation believers. Early in the morning I am woken by the cockerel crow, then children singing worship and pray heartily to the Lord before they begin their daily chores and study before school.
People struggle to have enough to eat and live. Living conditions are basic and work is very hard. Many people have body pain, especially in their weight bearing bones because they carry such heavy weights and nutrition Is scarce and insufficient. Villages I’ve visited for ministry trips are largely made up of straw houses. Not many people can afford bricks and corrugated roofs. Churches are decorated with delicately cut out paper streamers and flags and the worship is led mainly by drums, but I have seen a few guitars and one keyboard.
God’s work here is huge and people are added daily. We have just held the first conference in the new building. About 400 people attended and everyone was fed for two or three days. 200 people slept here on mattresses with blankets hired and provided. Many were under plastic roofs with straw floors. The glory of God filled the temple and people were touched mightily by God’s powerful presence. There was lots of dancing, singing and laughter as the Indian people love to celebrate. It was almost like the X-factor as various young people came forward to perform. Young pastors encouraged and inspired the people to receive more of God as the Holy Spirit moved amongst us. Powerful preaching brought down the manifest presence of God and there were signs and wonders abounding.
From JP November 2014