Archive for April, 2007

Great Friday!

I am so grateful for this day.
A day that would otherwise have meant nothing to me..
Today its the reason I live.

My Saviour died upon just so that I might live.
He said to all, “I am the way, the truth and the life”
Today I say, “He is my way, my truth and my life

Hope you guys have a great weekend!


There’s so much that I want to share about the comference.. but I just cant seem to find the words.
Pastor Dwayne from Texas from the Sower of Seeds ministries is one of the main reasons that this conference happened. He may not be Indian but I know his heart beats for this nation as much as mine does. Maybe even more.
This is what he shared on his myspace blog. I didnt know about what happened in the green room during lunch but I was there when all the pastors went facedown before God. It moved me to see these men cry out to God for this city.. Something I hadnt been doing for a long time. 

Dear friends and family,
Tonight was the last night of the Worship Conference: Ascend 07. THANK YOU for your prayers. We truly had an amazing three days.
A highlight was the final day. As we took a break for the afternoon tea time the IWI team was pretty tired. The Word of God had been doing a deep heart work all day, so the tiredness was body, soul and spirit…Several from the team were sitting in the green room resting when LaMar turned to Dwayne and asked him if the ministry was having an impact. The room was quiet, and all of us that spend time in India were shocked he even asked. The impact was so evident to us.
Slowly Rachel, Dwayne and Melissa began sharing different testimonies of the impact of the conference: the tears, the repentance, the opportunity to be washed and made new, the understanding that worship is a heart issue, etc. Pastor Francis came in and shared the issues that were being taught….submission, new song, praise being a weapon that changes the atmosphere, worship is relationship….each message was so timely and encouraging.
During the conversation, the primary pastors began coming into the room and sharing the change this time together was having. All recognized that the team was exhausted, jet lagged and cultural shocked as well as fighting spiritual battles. The primary pastors gathered around the team and began praying…began storming heaven, asking God to manifest HIS glory in this city and at this time. They began singing over the IWI team. Words are hard to find for the sweetness of that time together. The team was strengthened, encouraged, refreshed…and then it was time for the last session. It was prayed over them that just like the wedding in Canaan…may the best be served here at the last.
The praise and worship was powerful. God’s presence was truly in our midst….The songs became prayers asking God to move … do a mighty work in Mumbai. Then Dwayne was given the microphone to introduce the next speaker. He shared that he felt there was a weeping in the spirit. He couldn’t continue as he began to cry…then weeping broke out across the auditorium.
One of the pastors began sharing that pride was an issue in the city and asked if all the pastors in the building (there were about 2400 people attending the conference) would come to the stage and ask God to forgive the sin of pride in the city. Twenty-four pastors came forward and laid on their faces on the stage and began to repent and ask God for mercy.
It was such a holy time seeing these men join together prostrates before the Lord and seeking HIS mercy and forgiveness. We were truly before the throne….We were all crying, repenting, praying, worshipping, and asking God to change Mumbai from a city of worshipping idols to a city that worships the Lord. Nothing is too difficult for God!!! I can think of no better way to spend resurrection week!
As many of you know, this trip has been hard in many ways. We have asked for your prayers over and over. Our time together tonight makes all the difficulties disappear. It makes everything more than worth it!
Tomorrow we have a high tea with pastors and worship leaders. We are quickly heading into the end of our trip. We greatly appreciate each of you and your prayers. Thank you and May God richly bless all of you!
Love and blessings,
Dwayne & Leslie


I really want to put up a new post but i have to get back to studying.. I havent been able to study much these past few days and there is a lot that I have to finish.
Sorry sheila!!

Ascend ’07 was awesome! I didnt want to come home from the meeting.
for most of my christian life, I struggled to understand what Worship was. I mean, what are you really supposed to do? What are you thinking of during worship? Worship is still a mystery to me but I’m one step closer to understanding what its about.

 Easter is going to be fantastic. we’re having thw whole team in Church.. I love this time!

ok, back to my books..

my slideshow

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Jen, Thanks for the idea..

I am very seriously considering leaving orkut for good if only for this reason.
I think the article is pretty good compared to the Mumbai Mirror updates but you have to check out the comments.

people are just strange.

I speak of orkut so much that I’m starting to sound like the Mumbai Mirror.. lol

Sundays are just so fab! I love being in Church… with people I love, worshipping God as a family… I remember the first time I walked into this church, I was amazed coz’ that was the very first time I saw a drummer at church. lol.. and there was a guest speaker that day. I dont even remember his name or what he shared that day. All I knew was that I was coming back for more. After the service, I had random people coming up to me, introducing themselves, giving me a hug, taking my phone number.. It took me weeks to remember most of their names. 🙂
I love the whole feel of being united in Spirit.. Sure we have issues- Some say the music is too loud, others say there arent enough fans, etc etc. but we have one purpose in Christ and thats what brings us together week after week. *We are family*

Today was extra special- Missions Sunday.
Five years ago, a young man came to my pastor with a need. He was in an engineering college in a little taluka outside of Mumbai- Kopergaon. (15 kms from Shirdi)
13 people had a desire to worship God in that village and so, they met weekly..13 sheep without a shepherd. All he wanted was for someone to pastor those sheep.
Our first Mission ground..
Today, we have reached 8 talukas – 47 villages within those 8 talukas in the district of Ahmednagar. There are 7 churches that meet in these areas on a Sunday morning and 44 mid-week meetings are held thruout these 8 talukas. A total of 513 people meet in all.
What started out as small and significant has grown today.. much more than we imagined. Look what the Lord has done.
Today, that young man, Jubin, stood up in church and with tears in his eyes and testified of the faithfulness of God. He left Kopergaon a couple of years ago when he finished his engineering course but the work still continues.

I knew in my heart that even if the church was full with more than 10000 people meeting every Sunday, we would still not be satisfied because compared to 1 billion people in India, 10000 is barely a handful

‘Someone else will do it.’
‘I cant leave all this for that.’
‘I’m called to be a musician and song writer.’
These are excuses we could give but the fact still remains. There’s a nation full of people who are looking for hope, for love, for peace.

I know a God who has the answers.

steping out in Faith,