The following articles are edited in order for the serve of this missionary to remain secure. Her name, the city she comes from, and the country and city she serves in, are all changed. The area she serves in, South Asia, is mentioned.
Fwd: Testimonies from trip to South Asia
Susan Howard 12/14/17
2:41 AM (5 hours ago)
Sahiba hugging Kajal (Miriam’s Daughter) after receiving Christ! Her Mom is behind her
Wednesday, December 14, 2017
Dear Friends and Family,
Wow! I’m blown away! This was, by far, my favorite mission trip ever!!! Honestly, when God first asked me to go on this mission trip, I was a little bit reluctant. I did not have PTO at work, I have many other priorities in my life right now, it was inconvenient and it did not make a lot of practical sense for me to go. But, God … I will tell you this: On my last day, I sat watching the sunrise awaken the dawn with tears of gratitude at God’s lavish love poured out on me and the people of South Asia.
So, where to start … It all begins with a wedding. One of my good friends, Sahiba invited us to join her bridal party and we were honored to celebrate with her and share God’s love to the many lost people who attended. We felt the Lord tell us that Sahiba’s marriage to Askash was a picture of Psalms 45 and how Jesus is pursuing His bride in this nation: “Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir. Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house. Let the king be enthralled by your beauty, honor him, for he is your lord.” Vs 9-11.
Everyday Sahiba asked us to worship and pray over and with her. In her nation, only 2% of people follow God. And Our presence was such an encouragement and blessing for her. On the day of her wedding, her friends arrived and she asked me to share a word from the Bible with them as they are unbelievers. I shared how the love Akash has is a glimpse of the deep love Jesus Christ has for His bride and many of the guests were moved as I continued with the gospel message. Praise God that four people became believers at the wedding. And through a divine appointment, I was able to share the Good News with Akash’s father, who is not a Christian. We had an intense conversation … and honestly, I was a little bit intimidated. He was wealthy and intelligent and he had just lavished us with kindness and love. And I know I have Good News, but it’s not easy to tell someone that their faith is wrong and that they are going to hell. Slowly, slowly God gave me grace and the words to share. And he listened intently to the full gospel and at the end, he thanked me for the conversation and actually gave me a Bible. LOL!
Sahiba has a call of government on her life and an Esther anointing. She plans to run for a political office, so I am praying that God will raise her up for a such a time as this to move and shake her nation.
From the wedding, we continued to the Animal Fair where they traffick children. We were amazed to hear that God began to answer our prayers to shut down this horrible event! This Fair has been going on for over 500 years. But, I truly believe, this year will be the last! The event started 6 days late as the police refused to give permission to the human traffickers. Then, as we met up with some of the traffickers, they told us that business was horrible and that many of the girls had returned home as they weren’t making any money. The police put up security cameras in every trafficking venue and they prohibited alcohol. Additionally, the event was scheduled to close down the day I left! So, what should have lasted a month was whittled down to 10 days and they weren’t getting any customers!!! All through the power of PRAYER!
When we went behind the theaters where they hold the girls, the traffickers gave us favor and permission to minister openly. Many gathered around as we gave small gifts and shared the Good News and it was amazing to see traffickers praying genuine prayers of repentance alongside of the girls they traffick! Truly the name of Jesus is the most powerful name on earth and His blood can cover any sin! Almost 50 people received Christ as we shared His love in the theatres. God gave us words of knowledge for many of the girls and they found freedom from depression and shame. Many of the girls want to leave this lifestyle and Miriam, our national partner, wants to visit at least once a month to neighboring Red Light Districts and help young girls escape. Please be praying for a team and resources for this new ministry God is launching.
We met one girl, Sahiba, and she is engaged to a police officer who is going to rescue her and her mom from this Red-Light life. I love that she shares the same name as my friend who got married. It’s such a beautiful confirmation of the picture I had that Jesus is going to save His South Asian Bride – mind, body, soul and spirit! Sahiba and her mother received Christ. And her mother was amazed, “I just feel so light and so amazing! I feel like a new person!” Their countenances were transformed by the light and love of Christ.
Later, I travelled to another village that also had a small Red-Light District, where Miriam and I had invested a lot of love and time when I lived nearby 3 years ago. I was amazed that on the same exact day that I visited, the believers had their very first meeting for a new fellowship plant and I was honored to pray over the congregation and the believers that we had helped lead to the Lord. I was so happy to hear that some of the girls who were trafficked had been rescued and were now married and living far from this place. We supplied this fellowship planter with a projector and a generator and he has 30 villages ready to see the film about God’s Son! Can’t wait to hear stories of revival in this region.
Towards the end of the trip, we showed the Jesus film in the village where Miriam was born. There is a lot of trafficking in this village as well. Miriam and I had been praying and serving in this town when I lived there. On the night of the film, over 40 people were saved and Miriam is going to continue to visit this place to start a fellowship. Additionally, many of the woman who were trafficked in the past came up to me for healing prayer and counseling. It was amazing to see the Holy Spirit move powerfully in their lives.
Lastly, I’m really excited because Paul and Julie have a call from God to serve long-term in the nations. So, I’m looking forward to see God launch them from this short-term trip into their destiny. As for me, I feel called to keep taking those who have a calling on their lives and training them up and propelling them to the nations. I know that we will continue to visit this mission station and I’m looking forward to see how God will move in and through these beginnings. But, 2 new churches, almost 100 people saved and a Red-Light Animal Fair practically shut down after 500 years!?! Really, you out-prayed yourselves! Glory to God! Life with Him is ALWAYS an adventure!
In Christ and with many thanks from a grateful heart,
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