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Mary Lois Kemp on 4th Healing Prayer Mission in India

As I look back on my experiences and thoughts while in India, I remember how safe and protected I felt. God’s presence was so palatable. This peace was only from Him and the awareness in my heart that He had us was what I needed to stay steadfast and stable through all our comings and goings. It was such an exciting journey.

Arriving in Calcutta after our long flight over we were met by three pastors, Pastor Pande, Pastor Naru and Pastor Rae. These three men were like guardian angels to us, guiding us to our cars, taking care of our luggage and making us feel welcomed and loved immediately. The drive through Calcutta was like nothing I ever experienced. The roads were crowded with cars, bicycles, motorcycles, people everywhere, cows and dogs. There was no order to the traffic and horns were blown constantly. I kept thinking in my heart of Jesus’ heart in Matthew 9:36: “When He saw the crowds He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” My prayer was, “Lord, these people need you.” 

The next day we began our travels with Pastors Pande, Naru and Rae. We went from the joy and love at the Diocese compound to the darkness and despair of the train station in Bolpar. Arriving in Malda, we began our teaching and healing prayer services. I was so thankful that God had brought me here to show the love of Jesus to these people who needed Him so. We visited St. Michael’s Safe House and met these precious girls who had been rescued from sex slavery. They were so beautiful and full of joy and hope. They need encouragement and love and continued healing prayer.

Beautiful Faces of India
Beautiful Faces of India

In all the places we visited, I was so encouraged by the young people and their excitement for the Word and their openness to pray and worship. They truly worshiped with all their hearts and many young men danced before the Lord just as King David did! God is certainly doing a work in the people of India young and old.

We were treated like royalty everywhere we went. Young people wanting to take our pictures and have others take their pictures with us. This was very humbling to me and the Lord reminded me that it wasn’t my picture they wanted but the One who I was representing, King Jesus, His picture. He reminded me of the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:20: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Some nights the prayer lines seemed endless, but we always prayed for all. There were mothers with sick children, a woman whose husband had disappeared, a little girl who was blind and many women with head and sinus issues and heaviness in their bodies. I still keep reminding myself that even when I didn’t understand the need as I laid my hands on these precious people that God knew the need and He is still answering the cries of their hearts.

The Diocese of Durgapur under the guidance of Bishop Dutta is raising up and teaching young people and small children the love of Jesus Christ. My prayer is that they will go out into the dark places in their country and bring His light, love and hope to the people who need Him so desperately. These young people have a permanent place in my heart. I will ever thank God for sending me to India.

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