I've always been intrigued by overseas missions work and ministry. There are SO many places I want to go, dream about going and hope to go to and I believe that in time, God is more than able to make these dreams reality. For now though, I'm secure in my job in corporate America but often find myself longing to do something more with my life.
I feel like I've been thrust back where my heart should be regarding this.
For the past few weeks, I have been thinking about India in particular and can't get my mind off of it. Yes, I watched "Slumdog Millionare" and that was a definite trigger I'm sure, but my dad has been to India twice and I'm always so interested to hear the stories and experiences he shares from those trips. They truly do sound life changing.
So, yesterday I was thinking about how badly I want to go on an overseas trip to a country I have yet to go to (which leaves it pretty wide open as I have only been to two in my life) and again, I could not get India off of my mind. I was browsing on facebook and noticed one of my friends had just returned from there and was going through her pictures and it only intensified my wanting to go. THEN, last night at our Bible study my Dad shared about India and THEN, last night I chatted with a very dear and precious missionary friend of mine who does missions work in Ghana and she also stated to me that she has a burning passion to go to India! Needless to say, I really felt like these were all God encounters and that God is going to orchestrate a team to go next year. I am praying about it for sure.
There is a ministry in Visakhapatnam, India where my dad has been twice. It is called Love-N-Care and they have orphanages, hospitals, schools and do a lot of ministering in the slum and tribal areas by providing mental and spiritual development to those in need. It really is an amazing ministry and Pastor Yesupadam is a very humble and contrite man. I have had the profound privilege of meeting him before when he and his family were in the States. Their website is here.
I am really hoping that something comes of all of this and that it doesn't just remain a distant dream. God willing, I'll be going to India next year!