A minaret at the Taj Mahal
AgraHere are portions from Megan 's letter
It has been three weeks since I returned from India, but the sights and sounds often flash upon my memory as I move about Carleton. I find myself sharing stories and lessons from India with the women I am meeting with.
For example, as I was sitting in the unicenter at Carleton, watching droves of students walk by, I searched the faces for Anna (name changed), a young woman whom I have been meeting weekly to read scripture with and practice passages we have committed to memory.
As I waited images from India flood my memory… the feel of tiny hands grabbing my wrist, big dark eyes looking up at me pleading for money or food, street children of India are too common a sight. Or the image of a man wearing an orange robe, his forehead painted white, squatting outside a Hindu temple .The need in India is great, but to their advantage is their spiritual awareness. They are open to hearing about God because they already know there is a “higher power” of some sort.
Here in Canada there is a spiritual ‘haze’ if you will, a dullness that prevents us from really experiencing all that Jesus has to offer. It also leads to a society in which we worship ourselves: our intellect, our success, and our independence.
Reaching students in this society poses a much different challenge than the challenges I saw in India. My calling to Canada was strengthened while in India because from the other side of the world I could see and feel the great need back home. A well-known Christian convert in India, Sundar Singh said about the west: (and I paraphrase) “The West has the benefits of being a society built on Christian principles. But I fear one thing for the West: That they will be like Judas Iscariot, who wined and dined with Jesus, only later to betray Him”
This is why I love seeing students “get” the Gospel more and more as it seeps into their hearts and everyday lives.
Then my call is to go home and “wrestle in prayer” for my friend Anna.
That is the heart of what we do and love to do and are called to do, “so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28). Thank you for those of you who are inclined to pray, who wrestle alongside me for these students. Prayer often feels like trench-warfare, breaking forth the Kingdom into peoples lives, and we can always use more of that
To His glory,
From tomorrow, April 4th I am launching out on a new venture - an added dimension to my church ministry.(I have already tested the waters)
Its a challenging job . But I want to do it because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Please pray for protection, wisdom , strength and success.