They will be radiant because of the Lord’s goodness

So, three blogs over the course of two weeks is actually really good for me. I’m quite proud of myself in that aspect. I’m writing this one in Kolkota, and some on the plane where the whole team got upgraded..for free…to business class. Joy Jeshu!! What a crazy blessing and what a fun time we’ve all had together up in business class to end the trip. The perfect finale to a race well run. This team has been such a blessing to me firstly. We had so much fun in our room all week, Mama Christine, Mama Karen and I. Everyone has gotten along so well and had something so different and unique to offer. They made me feel like an equal and a cherished princess and I’m so thankful for the way they served each other and I’ve loved getting to know every person on this awesome team.

 This trip has been so unique and so set apart from any other trip to India I’ve been apart of. As we spent the last day with the Jewels in a crown ladies we just spent the morning worshiping with them and then they did a dance for the team. I was just so overwhelmed by love for these ladies. The fire they have for Christ, the heart they have for their families and communities, the courage they have to go and love Jesus was inspiring and such a blessing. We took them to lunch our last day there and using almost no English, I had such fun with them. We just got to laugh and have fun and giggle, and they are so silly and so much fun. My heart was overflowing with joy seeing thejoy they have even though their lives and situation give them every reason and opportunity to deny themselves that joy and happiness. Of all the places in the world, I’m so thankful I’ll be interning with this organization and getting to love on and encourage these ladies.

   The Lord wrote a song through these ladies this week. His name was proclaimed in the midst of Kalighat, where people were lined up to give offerings and sacrifices to their goddess. We were worshipping in a building only a few feet from the river where they used to sacrifice babies and throw them in. He brought laughter to the hopeless. A young lady who still hasn’t accepted Christ stepped up and led worship and wrote a line in Hindi for the song we wrote. He showed up through drums, through paint, through beautiful dances, through Bible journaling, through singing, through repurposed trash! He showed up in giggles and laughter. He made himself know in smiles of the broken and in prayers of the unworthy. 

How unworthy we are to bow at his throne and yet how much he loves us. How little we have to offer and yet he uses our insufficiencies and shines through the gifts he’s given us. Thank you Lord for music, no matter what language, what kind, where you are it touches people and speaks to people in a way nothing else in the world does. It was so cool to see a new friend of ours, Jordan Raycroft (look him up he’s amazing), put on a concert a church in Kolkota and see how many people showed up and heard the gospel. So neat to see a new sweet sister who’s going to Bethel this fall, sing lyrics for the song we wrote on behalf of these ladies knowing she grew up with them. These past two weeks reminded me of why I fell in love with music and really rekindled a dying flame of a spirit of worship.

“…you will take up your tambourines again and go out in joyful dancing! For this is what the Lord says:

Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the chief of the nations! Proclaim, praise, and say,’Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’

They will come and sing songs of joy on the heights of Zion. They will be radiant because of the Lord’s goodness. The young women will dance for joy, and the men, old and young- will join in the celebration! I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing!” (Jeremiah 31)

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