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India Journey Report, Part 1

Christina and I have been in India for five days, travelling with our partners and friends, Randeep and Anu Mathews. For years I have wanted Christina to see some of the India that I love so much; until now, all she has seen are the slums and poor rural villages where we work. Over the past few days we have seen the remarkable Agra Red Fort, which was constructed in the 16th and 17th century by the Mogul rulers. Before the British stripped it, the fort and palace were covered with gold and jewels, including the largest diamond in the world. Even without most of the precious stones, this huge fort is a marvel. Yesterday, Christina went with Randeep and Anu to the Taj Mahal. (Unfortunately, I was back at the hotel dealing with some sickness that has now disappeared.) I first saw the Taj in 1998 and have wanted Christina to see it ever since. For me, it is the most beautiful structure I have ever seen. To my delight, she loved it. 

Last night we drove into the center of Delhi to the India Gate. It was constructed in 1931 to honor the arrival of King George V. Now it is a memorial to India’s war dead. We had a terrific time among the thousands of people who were just out for a walk or to get some street food (none for us!!).

This morning, the first of our team of 33 arrive. This group of 10 has come early to pray, at their own additional expense. There is a great sense of anticipation for this Journey, which is our 53rd or 54th. We are really pressing into all that the Lord has for us to walk into over the next two weeks. Personally, I believe that as great as the breakthroughs we have seen over the past two Journeys have been, this trip will be at a whole new level. Randeep has about 500,000 people praying; there are people in the Impact family from all over the world praying. I expect that out of this trip, we will see hundreds of new house churches planted. I wonder how many people will open their lives to Christ and how many will be healed? We will be ministering in a beggars’ colony, a slum, and in strategic villages within an hour of [undisclosed].

God is moving at a historic scale and pace in northern India. It is a great, great privilege to participate in what He is doing. Thank you for your prayers. Join me in believing Him for great things.

Steve

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