South Korea + India

Jay mas ee kee! Praise the Lord! Greetings from New Delhi.

My hand is there somewhere... Jasola Slum, India

Hongik church, the place we stayed at, had teaching and helped with practical work.

Hongik church, the place we stayed at, had teaching and helped with practical work.

It’s been awhile since my last update…sickness and lack of internet is partially to blame and a full schedule as well. Here’s a recap on the last month of outreach!

Korea

I was the nation leader in South Korea, where we had teaching on North Korea, Mission Strategy and Bible Meditation. We stayed at a church’s retreat center outside of Seoul. This was a time of charging up our batteries and switching gears from the mad rush and warm culture of Mexico. We focused on growing as a team and growing individually with Christ. We helped the church with practical work, teaching English and sharing in their services as well as praying actively for a “United Korea”.

I was sick in South Korea. It began as an asthma problem which then developed into something more serious—side pain and fever. It put me out of commission for about a week but God is faithful and even though I didn’t like it, I still learned a lot through it and my team did an incredible job carrying me through. Huge thanks to everyone for praying for me!

India “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

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India

During the summer of 2012, I was sitting in my front yard praying and God called to my mind India. I’ve never thought about going so much to India before (okay, I’ve always wanted to go to Taj Mahal, I’ll admit), but suddenly I felt so strongly that “Wow, I must go to India soon.”  I had already committed to come back to staff this Discipleship School in Norway. Only a few weeks later I hear from my fellow outreach staff and they tell me that they both felt separately that we should go to India. I hadn’t told anyone my feelings. God has us here for a reason.

I have also been the nation leader here in Delhi! We work with something called South Delhi Mercy Ministries. We join their work in the community of Southern Delhi.  God has really given me a passion for the poor and the desire to sacrifically serve. Jesus did that.

We taught in 2 preschools in a village and a slum every day, had youth and house fellowships every night and medical clinic and feeding malnourished children several times a week, all in and with the urban poor of Delhi.

Our vision during these two and a half weeks is to remain focused on the individuals that we meet. Because God wants to meet everyone, that makes everyone worth going after, just like the one lost sheep.  Matt. 18:8-14 "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?"

India is in my heart forever and God has done a great work in changing the way I see people.

We travel to Tanzania tonight for 2 weeks and then on to Kenya for about 10 days. I don't know much about what we will be doing but I know it includes only wearing skirts and Muslim people near Dar Es Salaam. :)

Please pray for:

  • Health for the team (malaria)
  • Protection for our time in Africa
  • Healing for my asthma
  • Continued financial provision

Walk in the Spirit and very much love,

Melissa

Small group in Hongik Church. Seoul, Korea.

Small group in Hongik Church. Seoul, Korea.

Performing an evangelism drama and preaching after in a Korea church. Seoul, South Korea.

Performing an evangelism drama and preaching after in a Korea church. Seoul, South Korea.

Jasola Slum

Jasola Slum

It's been amazing to get to know the Indian people. Delhi, India

Hindu parents pain their children's eyes black because they believe it will keep away bad spirits. Jasola Slum, India.

About 500 families live in Jasola Slum. They pay about $20 a month for one room that is no bigger than 10x10 square feet---the size of an American bathroom. Jasola Slum, India

Preschool. We worked in here every day. Jasola Slum, India.

Preschool. We worked in here every day. Jasola Slum, India.

Preschool. Jasola Slum, India

Entrance to Jasola Slum, India.

This woman is amazing. She makes me masala chai. Jasola Slum, India

This woman is amazing. She makes me masala chai. Jasola Slum, India

Trash and waste “system” in slums. Delhi, India

Children are not considered very precious in India---especially girl ones. This little one is paralyzed and does not receive enough nutritious food with protein  She's eating an egg we gave her here.

Preschool. Jasola Slum, India

Jasola Slum, India

In the midst of living. Jasola Slum, India.

Jasola Slum, India

I have to give up my nose piercing when we go to Tanzania--today, that is, because we will be living in a Muslim village for 2 weeks. I'm sad but it's a small price to pay for the kingdom of God.