I started my day by tripping and falling, saving my camera from destruction (not my pride however). Luckily, I was later able to meet and photograph a Tibetan monk who was a political prisoner in China for 20 years. He sipped his chai, I sat with my jaw probably hanging to my knees, and photographed him in the pauses of his life’s powerful journey.
(Over 110,000 Tibetans have left Tibet to seek sanctuary in other countries due to China’s occupation.)
It’s these beautiful people that we get to love and serve here in India.
Quick update on our beautiful friend “Ann”… for those of you who weren’t able to read our last blog post “Settling In | Northern India”, I mentioned a newfound friend named “Ann” (name changed for privacy). We’ve continued talking almost every day, but today was actually the first of many that I didn’t get to see her.
Fortunately, on our way to dinner, I ran into her, and she said “Paula, I wanted to see you today and tell you that I think your prayers worked. I felt very angry today with a family issue, and I prayed to God, and I immediately felt peace all over. It was like I asked, and then received.”
I started to cry right there on the street. It was beautiful.
May you experience God today in a real, tangible way, just like our friend Ann.
“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10
Nick and I have made it safely to Northern India and are settling in nicely to new cultures, peoples, and adventures. The diversity here is outstanding. From the time we walk out our flat, down our little corridor to our street, to the main square, we have passed Tibetan refugees, Hindus, Bhutanese, Nepalese… etc. (Not to mention the westerners who have come in search of spiritual enlightenment from all over the world.) We are so excited to be here for the next two months to interact with, love on, and share life with all the many peoples we now find ourselves amongst.
The first day we came, we went to a little chai stand down the main road for one of the best chais you can imagine (and for only 6rupees = $0.12). There, I had the lovely opportunity to meet an English woman named “Ann” (named changed for privacy). We started talking over this beautiful cup of chai and she began to tell me that she was feeling “jaded” towards people and more skeptical than ever. I could easily see the hurt in her eyes and disappointment she felt as she shared this intimate detail with me. At that moment, I felt saddened, but at the same time, very hopeful. I recalled to her that at the darkest time of my life, feeling hopeless and confused, I had a real experience with Jesus. This experience changed my life forever and I will live the rest of my days loving people because I am receiving first, love from God. I am full of peace, love and joy because of my experience with God and I am able to serve others out of that. With tears in her eyes and a soft hand on my arm, she said, “That’s what I’ve been missing. I have been searching for 15 years for that kind of experience. I want that.”
Okay, so maybe not all of my days will be filled with beautiful encounters and stories like this, but I pray they are. I pray that God is truly encountered by those searching for Him, and that His love will fulfill their deepest longings.