The month of May had few of us on a mission trip to Assam. It was my first time away from home and I didn’t know what to expect. Pumped with excitement and a lot of fear we started our journey. The next few days made really good memories and I’d like to share a few things that touched my heart.
We were welcomed into their homes with happy hearts, beautiful songs and smiling faces. They even washed our feet as a part of tradition and danced and sang for us. We were treated like their own as they let us stay in their homes. They made it a point to give us their best from the little they could afford- beautiful plates, clean rooms and warm shawls.
Because we stayed the night over at their place, they were forced to spend the night somewhere else but they never complained. In order to be a part of the program and spend time with us, the youth took the days off from work thus forfeiting their daily wage. Later in the evening, they would offer to take us around the village to meet their families. Every home we visited served us tea and such a variety of it!
Throughout this time, I also realized God’s power through intercession. I was always scared and timid to give a session in front of an audience but somehow things changed when I visited Assam. I was asked to give different sessions in Hindi. Weeks after I returned home, I gave a talk at a Sunday meeting and I was pretty confident about it. Since then I’ve been enthusiastic about giving sessions. All of this would never have been possible if it wasn’t for the power of intercession.
The other problem I thought I’d face was regarding my food habits as I’m a fussy eater but surprisingly I ate most of what they served as it was pretty delicious and most importantly because it was made out of so much love.
One thing that I will never forget about the Assam natives is how happy and grateful they seemed to be for even the little that they had and their ability to have such good connections with the rest of the villagers even in the absence of media. I found this really interesting to learn from.
This beautiful journey taught me a lot of things but most importantly to be grateful and thank God in every circumstance.