A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM
I had the privilege of going to India this past summer. One of the Lutheran schools in Trivandrum that we sang at had the following student ratios: 90 percent Hindu, 8 percent Christian, and 2 percent Muslim. Wow, that’s a ready-made opportunity to witness! Every morning they gather for prayer, Christian songs, and a Bible reading. God’s says in Isaiah 55:10-11, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Dr. Johnson, the headmaster at the Lutheran school in Nagercoil, impressed upon us the respect Indians have for the first Lutheran missionaries who risked their lives to share the Gospel in India. Many of them died of snake bites or malaria, but they build a firm foundation that still exists today. He told us a story of a little Hindu girl who contracted a life-threatening disease. She told her parents that she wanted Dr. Johnson to come and pray over her because in school she had learned to pray to Jesus and she knew Jesus could help. Her parents agreed. Dr. Johnson went to her home and prayed with the family. A short time later he went to the hospital and prayed with them again. When the little girl recovered, the family wanted to know more about how to follow Jesus. A little child shall lead them!
Kayla Brock, DCE intern at Bethany Lutheran in Austin, shared the following story about how her middle school missionaries are changing the world and loving people and spreading the Gospel.
I had been praying the kids would use what they learned during the mission trip to be part of their everyday lives and they did more than that. It was amazing! Jessica and Maia excitedly came to tell me that when they sat down on the train, one lady asked them where they were from and what they did since their shirts said Can-Do Missions. Jessica and Maia told them all about the mission trip with Extreme Faith in St. Louis that they had just completed. They all ended up having a Bible study together, sharing scripture with each other and praying together! A little child shall lead them!
They then told me about Pam, one of the ladies in the group. Pam shared that she got on the train that afternoon in Chicago with plans to kill herself once she got to Oklahoma. She had letters written and over 60 prescription pills. But since she met the girls and since they all prayed for her and with her, she changed her mind because she realized she had more to live for. WOW! Talk about SAVING GRACE! A little child shall lead them!
<>< Peace, Pat