Sensory Overload. That was the best way to describe my initial reaction in South Asia. I was quite the tenderfoot on this adventure. I was exposed to a lot of new experiences through our trip. I had never flown in an airplane. I had never left the country. I was quickly immersed in a completely different world.
In the first 48 hours I saw, heard, smelled, and tasted things I had never before and all at once. Nothing breaks you in like riding an Auto-Rickshaw at midnight in a city that never sleeps with 20 million people living in it. I have no doubt that the traffic was a factor that strongly encouraged an elevation of prayer practice in our entire group!
I spent much of the year leading up to the trip attempting to prepare myself for what I would experience. I can honestly say, nothing prepares you. I thought I knew what to expect but instead I was mistaken, and I was humbled. Until you have witnessed first-hand with your own senses, you really have no idea of the magnitude the experience will be. It staggers the mind, and I for one was left speechless, even to the point of drawing some concern from my traveling peers.
On our first day, we visited a house-church in a slum that was “home” to around 100,000 in a 2km area. Some of the poorest of the poor. I had never seen anything like it. Few in our culture have. We take so much for granted, an understatement by far. While all of this was overwhelming, God revealed that He is sufficient. There is a lot of need but with His help, nothing is impossible.
What I felt during this trip has only intensified my desire to fulfill God's calling for my family. A part of my heart was left in South Asia, and I carried the burden of her broken people with me when I returned home.
The morning we were to leave, the realization hit me with considerable force - we would now be going on with our lives, and the people we had spent time with in the past week would also carry on. I was actually dreading leaving, feeling as though maybe we had not done enough. There was still so much to do! I was broken, and in that moment I knew - God is not finished with me in South Asia. On the contrary, our story was just beginning! This was just a taste of what God has in store. My family and I WILL return to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and I can hardly wait!
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35 ESV
Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. Matthew 25:40 ESV
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