VARANASI - 'holy city'
The next day we took an 11-hour train ride to Varanasi, considered a 'holy city' among Hindus. It is situated near the banks of the Ganges River, where they bathe in its 'sacred' waters to be cleansed of their sins. Here they cremate their dead because the Hindus believe they will have straight access into heaven, bypassing the lengthy reincarnation process. In this setting, the CKE team began our ministry in India!!! After all the planning, praying, and dreaming, we were finally beginning to see the reality of what the Lord had been preparing us for.
During a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges River, we declared Varanasi as a city of LIFE and not death. We declared it holy unto the Lord and prophesied that this region would see many souls come to know the extravagant love of the Father, the redemption of sins, and the abundant life Jesus died for!!
While in Varanasi, we ministered at a village church where the entire congregation passionately worshiped Jesus with so much joy and enthusiasm!! As we shared, people were getting healed and set free. We invited them to come forward for prayer and the Holy Spirit gave us accurate prophetic words to speak over many.
The next church we ministered at wasn't as responsive, but we kept plowing the ground with love and freedom. Holy Spirit gave us words of knowledge for physical needs and specifically, respiratory problems. Soon, two people stood up and responded. Then the floodgates opened as one by one, people began to come forward and receive accurate prophetic words, healing, and great encouragement. What began as a tough crowd, ended up being incredibly responsive and impacted by the love and power of God!!
The next day another Pastor heard about our ministry on Sunday, tracked us down, and had us come to his church & training center to pray prophetically over his entire staff. The Pastors and local leaders were so encouraged. They fed us delicious Biryani for lunch so it was absolutely worth it...ha ha ha!!
MIRACLES ON THE STREETS
As we prayer walked and prophesied on the streets of Varanasi, we were approached by a man to pray for his leg, and soon were surrounded by 15-20 people asking for prayer. There were so many people healed immediately...from back problems, to knee issues, and rotator cuff pain. We could hardly keep up with what the Lord was doing. Shopkeepers were actually leaving their shops and running into the crowd asking us to pray for their physical healing. It was almost like seeing the book of Acts come to life!!
MOTHER TERESA'S ORPHANAGE
In the city of Agra, near the Taj Mahal, we visited the Mother Teresa's home. Our team, as well as Pfizer, Colgate, and other companies had donated medical supplies and goodies to take to the orphanage. While there, we held babies, sang to the handicapped children, danced in the courtyard with the mentally challenged, and walked through the home speaking the mind of Christ over many of the 200 residents.
One of the sisters informed us that the mentally challenged people are totally unresponsive. That didn't deter us as we blessed and spoke the mind of Christ over each one! Soon the entire courtyard was filled with normally unresponsive people, who now were smiling, laughing and talking as we sang over them about the goodness of the Father. Before we knew it, the entire place became one big dance party...it was like JESUS showed up to shower His love on His treasures!!!
After another long train ride back into Delhi, we ministered at the Sahara House, a Rehab home where drug addicts, alcoholics, and aids victims are going through treatment. We led worship, preached, and prayed for many of the residents. Even though many of them feel like an outcast from society and family and see no purpose for their lives, the Lord sees such incredible value and worth in each one of them!
One man came up to us with tears in his eyes and said before we had arrived, he had spent considerable time looking for a scripture verse and didn't know where it was. He was surprised when we began to share on Jeremiah 29:11 - that very scripture that he had been looking for. This was a confirmation to him that God deeply loved and valued him! Another gentleman was healed of an arm injury and was able to lift his hand without any pain, after we prayed for him!! God is incredibly thoughtful about our specific needs!!!
YWAM IN DELHI
We also ministered at churches and a YWAM base in Delhi, through worship, preaching the Word and praying for Pastors, leaders, and many who came forward for ministry. The Lord gave us accurate prophetic words to release over them all. Their faith was built up as they saw God highlight very specific needs they had and showed them in a tangible way, how much He deeply loved and care for them!!
Our last event was a concert for the youth in the heart of cosmopolitan Delhi. Two rock bands opened up the night...with screaming guitars, lights, smoke and head banging music lovers!! The words of life that were shared made an impact on many in the auditorium. There are 348 million young people between the ages of 15-34 in India...Imagine the lovers of God, leaders, reformers, and history makers that are in that age group!! What an amazing thing to team up with a national ministry called LiveJam, that just finished a nine city tour reaching up to 40,000 kids at various public schools!! We had a common desire to see a generation of radical, world changing youth be unleashed for cultural transformation!!
CKE INDIAThe heart and mission of CKE India is to raise up sons and daughters who will know the Father's extreme love, be secure in their identity in Christ, use their gifts to shine in their Kingdom purpose, and to dream and co-labor with the Creator to impact their culture and nation!!
We will be going back to India soon to build and expand what God began on this groundbreaking trip!!