FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT
Children’s Ministry in India
Challenging But We Did It
Arriving we had a challenge to achieve the goals of the rejection/restoration seminars. My suitcase delay lost one day (two seminars) another day was lost later and then the school after giving the children attending the seminars permission to miss school for three days at the last minute announced exams on those days. Half the group had to be in school in the morning, the rest in the afternoon. (Typical situation in the third world you have to be ready for anything just go with the flow). Rearranging of the teaching was done, I need eight sessions but it had to be squeezed into five. Some parts had to be cut out and on the days they were in school only one session could be done in the morning then repeated in the afternoon. What the devil meant for evil God turned for good as an amazing time was had.
The Fruit Is There
Almost forty children attended the seminars, I can have more attending now as I have a handful of trusted children who have been through the seminars at least twice who under my supervision now do the one on one ministry. It is so exciting seeing the healed ministering to the hurting and who better to do it as they know the thoughts, feelings and reactions because they have been there themselves. These seminars have become a big life changer since God told us to begin them. Many who have been through the seminars are totally unrecognizable now. One little boy, he is younger than we usually take on the course and new in the home. The moment I saw him I felt he should be a part. At the start he had a dull blank face by the end his face shone with a huge smile.
The Moving Communion service
We always finish the seminars with breaking bread together as a celebration of what God has done. This year in my view was extra special and I got a double whammy with the school exams making me repeat three sessions. I felt they should make the communion as a point of contact they can bring the devil back too when he tries to give them the pain back. When under attack they can pray immediately, “Hey devil — on that day in that room I took the communion as a sign that I had been healed of the pains in my heart so get you behind me in the name of Jesus”. There was an awesome presence of God as two of those who have experienced a lot of freedom from pain served each one with the elements and then took them together.
He was in the second set of seminars we did and I shared his testimony at the time. When he first came he never smiled, his face was dull and if you tried to hug him he kept his arms by his side and went stiff as a board, it was like hugging a tree trunk. After receiving his first lot of healing he had the biggest smile I have ever seen, it seemed to go from ear to ear and now several years later every time you look at him he bursts into that same smile. If you hug him now he doesn’t want to let you go. He is in his second year studying four subjects at university and maintaining his freedom from hurt and walk with God. He returns to the home every year while I am there to get more input and help me in the seminars.
Good Examples To Follow
Sunhil is one of twelve young men who have grown up in the home and are some of the ongoing fruit of the seminars that we know of. In the past most have left and we don’t see or hear of them again but these having been freed from their pain are wanting to continue to get input. They all have strong walks with God, beautiful spirits and wonderful examples for the younger children to look up to and follow. I noticed many times that loads of the older boys in the home are attaching themselves to these young men when they are visiting. Natural God made mentoring relationships which is brilliant. Another wonderful thing about these young men is that they are all from the untouchable caste. This means they should never be educated or employed and only if anything get menial temporary labouring jobs, but most end up begging or in crime. These have all been educated, passed their high school finals and now studying college courses. One is doing very well studying a civil engineering course.
More Time, More Work, But Worth It All
This year we added an extra day to the children’s camp and then had one day of village outreach making eleven meetings in four days. At camp we had almost eighty, seven to thirteen year olds, one hundred with helpers and workers. Every session was a challenge for them but they rose to it and almost all responded every time so the young ministry team were kept very busy. The last but one meeting almost all were filled with the Holy Spirit and when it came to tongues I didn’t have to tell one child to stop speaking the local language. Normally you have to say that to a number but everyone instantly spoke in other tongues and very loudly too. The final meeting I had the thrill of baptizing twenty nine children in water.
Village Outreach. Dividing We Multiply
Again I think the best, there were two hundred children in the meetings, (biggest number we’ve had). The first meeting was chaotic as sixty of were under seven (under age to be there). The younger ones were distracting the older as my ministry isn’t geared to them. Second session Janet (missionary and friend there) she and another took the under sevens out and taught them on their level. The result, both groups were awesomely spellbound the whole time and of my one hundred and sixty all responded for salvation. That is a normal response in rural third world countries that is why I believe so much in one on one ministry which the young ministry team there do so brilliantly.
Now twelve years old and a member of the young ministry team. Last year he asked to attend camp in spite of having had a year where he stopped going to church having fallen away from God. We were happy for him too but not to be part of the team just be in the meetings and lay his life before God. He submitted whole-heartedly to that and responded every meeting and by the end we invited him back on the team again. He learnt his lesson and this last year has walked close to God and now is not only a valuable member of the ministry team but also is one of my interpreters along with my main one Emmanuel who is now aged fifteen.
Eight years old and youngest sibling of Emmanuel. Last year he was a little monkey and wanted to be baptized, his mother one of the church intercessors said she wanted him too but felt he was not ready, we all agreed with her. This year he was a different boy, his responses to God were real and he changed, he was one filled and his mother freed him to be baptized this time. He unlike his brother is very shy so we were very happy when he accepted our invitation to join the ministry team for the village outreach. Then even happier when to our amazement he, having been told he didn’t have too he was laying hands on children and praying for them.
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