INA 02: 16 – 26 Sept 16
Going on a mission trip is a life changing experience. This is not a cliche or a tag-line of Cornerstone Couriers, but it is indeed a truth. I managed to experience this by myself and looking back, I can classify my time in India into three primary areas.
My idea of a mission trip is to always be giving but I was definitely blessed on the trip. First, I would like to share about being blessed by the locals. I would be lying if I said I felt homesick on the trip. Not that I’m not close to my family, but it was really just the locals in Andhra Pradesh being so hospitable. I was exposed to probably one of the best foods in the world while I was in India (not even kidding) and being immersed in the local culture was such a joy. Moreover, the locals taught me many lessons on life through their actions such as travelling 3 hours just to go to church and looking out for one another constantly.
Apart from being blessed in the natural, I was blessed spiritually too. It was like an open heaven experience in India, where I received many revelations and visions. The hosting pastor, Pastor Silas, was also very insightful by constantly speaking life into me throughout the trip. My eyes were really open to many supernatural signs and wonders throughout the trip. Being a person who has never healed even the common cold in Singapore, my experience in India (which I will talk about in a bit) was definitely a defining moment in my Christian life.
Although being blessed was a major part of the trip, it would not be called a missions trip if the team were not a blessing to the locals. The team was involved in a lot of ministry time throughout the nine days in India, primarily in Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. We went to a total of 13 meetings in the trip and I can proclaim that it was a good time at every meeting. One might think that the language barrier would be a huge problem in ministry but I would say it was just a stumbling block. The team overcame it by communicating through universal sign languages and more importantly, the love of God proved to be an effective mode of ministry. Salvations and healings were a huge encouragement to the local ministers and I would say that it was a great time of ministry!
Personally, it was an especially amazing time that I had in India, primarily due to the many doubts and fears I had in my heart prior to the trip. I feared that God would not show up. I doubted that I was able to speak life to the locals. I was afraid that we may not have enough resources for the locals. However, God being ever so true, He replied every single one of my negative thoughts with an emphatic response.He multiplied the money we had saved as the team fund. He gave me many words of knowledge and prophecies for the locals. He used me to share messages that even I wondered when did such revelations on simple truths get implanted into my head. I still fondly remember the scene at the Bible college, where there was a room full of men and women spiritually hungry and everyone was crying out to God desperately in unison. All I can say is, to God be the glory. Until next time Vizeg!
Lee Yong Jian, India