Friday, January 8, 2021

New Beginnings!!!

 

  Hey family and friends,

   Happy New Year 2021!!!! I hope all are doing well. This month has been a month of reconciliation, making-peace with others, and getting a fresh start with the Lord. I finished working with Daily Bean last year and now I’m preparing for my next step in life. After my ywam last year I had been planning to go back to Nagaland for ministry when COVID hit. Now I’m finally getting to go back to Nagaland which is something new this year and I’m very excited about it. I’ll be leaving on Jan 19th and for now, it's only for a year and if I feel led to stay longer I might.

   This ministry in Nagaland is called Hope ministries Globe Nagaland and the base I’m staying at is called Potter’s House in Dimapur. This ministry is mainly focused on equipping youth to find their callings and destinies. They help youth in establishing their dreams and laying the foundation for new ministries. They run a school called “school of destiny” which is a four months course; 2 months teaching phase and the next 2 outreach phase. I’ll be entering this ministry as an intern for 6 months and will be attending this course as it is a requirement before I become a staff here.

   The big three events happening this year is the school of destiny, a pre-school for the laborers’ kids, and branching another base in another area of Nagaland. The school of destiny will be happening from Jan 25th to April. The Potter’s House recently shifted to a new area in Dimapur and was building relationships with the farmers and their families when COVID hit and now they are back to square 1 of building relationships and trusts. So, I’ll be attending this school for the first 4 months and then helping with the opening of preschool. It goes all the way back to getting to the farmers and their families all over again, becoming familiar with the village, spending time with the kids, and then opening a preschool for the kids while their parents work during the day. The last event is the branching out another base in another part of Nagaland.

   Some challenges that I’ll be facing are; language, adapting to their culture and environment, building new relationships within the base and outside the base. I’m expecting God to really come through for us in starting this school. The progress will definitely not be easy and there will be a lot of problems but I’m asking God for peace of mind, discernment, a good team, and grace.

   Some prayer requests for this month are:

1.       Please pray for me as I travel, for protection and smooth travel.

2.       Please pray that I’ll adapt well with the people and the environment.

3.       Please pray for God’s hand over the big events happening this year.

4.       Please pray that I’ll be strong in the Spirit and truth and that everywhere I go I’ll go with the presence of God.

 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Content in all things

 Hey Family and friend

   This month has been an emotional roller coaster ride. I have been mentally, emotionally and spiritually imbalanced and unstable. I felt like I was being pulled and stretched to my last and barely holding on. I had unintentionally allowed Satan get a foothold of my life and he succeeded in bringing me down in almost every way possible. There were misunderstandings between my siblings and me, work wasn’t any fun either and I felt very lonely and stuck. I had so much negativity and this affected my life, my work, my relationships etc. I had hit rock bottom.

   But the Lord didn’t give up on me. In his kindness, faithfulness and most of all love, he reached out to me through my mom, my sisters and friends. He is too good to me and It’s been very hard for me to accept his grace and I am still learning. I was able to be vulnerable and open to my sisters and mom.

   Two things that really stuck out to me was, when my mom reminded me that the environment is not the whole reason for my problems but my own self and my discontent. I can’t wish for my promise land and expect to be completely happy when I am unable to be content with where I am currently. The only way for me to learn to be content like Paul is to know the Lord more and run after the Lord even more than before. The second thing that stuck out to me and actually made me think and ponder is when my sister asked me who the Lord is asking me to be in this season. What’s my identity in Christ this season? Not what I do, not my job, my actions but who I am. What part or character of Jesus am I carrying or showing to the world, my family this season?

   Some prayer points are:

1.      Please pray for more of Jesus. I need rekindling and fanning of flames, passion and desire to run deeper in the Lord.

2.      Please pray that I would be able to stand firm in the Lord and use his word as weapon against the devil.

 3.   Please pray for my next plans, decisions and steps.

Monday, November 9, 2020

November 2020

Hey Family and Friends,

    I hope that all are doing well with the new normal life. This month has been a smooth month of working at Daily Bean and helping in FSP. In FSP we were able to help pay for the children's school and tuition. Daily Bean has been picking up slowly and the days are unpredictable. Days where it used to be slow are actually getting busier. Customers are slowly coming out of their homes and starting to hang out socially. 


    The year is almost coming to an end and I am asking God for re-affirmation and guidance as to the plans of going to Nagaland. I have been having doubts and worries about it but the Lord is good and faithful to be my compass in my sense of direction and decisions. I can't believe 2020 is almost coming to an end. The question the Lord has been asking me to ponder on is whether i strived/survived through 2020 or have i been thriving through it? How have I been handling my uncertain feelings and emotions? Have I been like Jesus to my family and friends? Am I still useful for God to use me for his glory and Kingdom? I am still a work in progress with the Lord and he is still teaching me and molding me towards being his instrument. I am not the easiest piece of work for the Lord but his patience and kindness leads me to him. 


     Some prayer requests are:
 1. Please pray for a willing heart. Pray that I would willingly surrender and submit to his teaching and molding even when they are hard to accept.
 2. Please pray that I will not doubt the Lord's plans for me.
 3. Please pray that I will end this year with my best for the Lord, in my work and in FSP. 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Learning in progress!

 Hey family and friends,

   This month has been a month of disciplining myself and my lifestyle. Since the lockdown everything has been haywire and crazy. I have been going through a lot of ups and downs in the past 6 months of my stay in Bangalore. There had been some really good times with the Lord, where I feel really close to him, awakenings and relearning things, some revelations too. And there were also some not so great moments, where I’ve been in my lowest and depressing stage of life, but this month has been stable and easy-going. I was able to discipline my life to wake up at a certain time, set priorities and achieve them, set a time for all things and working to keep myself busy and occupied. Work at The Daily Bean has been really good for my mind and body. Working at FSP has been good for my heart.

 

    I have been taking tuitions for some of the children in FSP and also got an opportunity to teach my sponsor kid. Most of the children in my class are really smart and some a bit slow but once they understand the concept, they really get it. I really loved teaching them. I could see that I really did grow in my patience level and have a knack for teaching children. I got to teach them for a month and now we have a new teacher for the kids. We are so grateful that God brought a young and cool teacher for these kids. I was able to show the new teacher how to handle the students and the classes and have passed my class into her hands.


   The Lord has asked us to live a self-controlled and self-disciplined lifestyle, not just mentally and spiritually but physically also. There is a thin line between going through a mundane daily routine life and a self-disciplined life. I have been learning the difference between these two and I can see the vast difference between these two. In a self-disciplined life, we keep putting Jesus first and thinking of how we can please him through our daily routine whereas in just going through daily routine stuff we do it because we have to do it and those things become boring and mundane. I’m still learning and growing in this area.

 

   Some prayer points are:

1.        Please pray for our FSP children and the tuition center. Pray for safety and more of Jesus in these children.

2.        Please pray for my family. We’ve had some sick siblings. Pray for healing ad full recovery. Pray that the blood of Jesus would wash our home and cleanse us all.

3.        Please pray that Arumai and Tammyma would be able to come home soon.

  Please pray that I would continue growing and learning, more of Jesus

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Basics and Foundation.

 

Hey family and friends,

  As you already know, I have been working in Family Support for quite some time now and we have been able to open a second tuition center in another area in Bangalore. My sister Santhiya has put in a lot of time and effort into the opening and establishing of another tuition center. When we thought it wouldn’t be possible to open one this year at all, God made a way for that to happen. We were able to get a house for reasonable rent and set up a decent center with all facilities which include being able to play in the park, snack time, and not just working on school work/ homework but setting their foundation in phonics and basic math. I find it very upsetting to see the school education system being so business and money-minded, but pay no attention to teaching the students. All the kids that come here have very or no knowledge at all of the phonics and basic math. I get to teach classes 4 and 5. The children in these classes too have no knowledge of phonics and math but I am able to teach them and I really enjoy doing that. I also get time to spend with my sponsor kid as he’s in my class. He has a very cute personality and I’m very glad to be able to get to know him and sponsor him.

  This month has also been very challenging for me as I have emotionally accepted the changes around me. Sadly, I wasn’t very positive about it and had to have a number of one-on-ones with Tammyma to help me process them and not just accept them but to embrace them. The lord has been very patient with me and so has Tammyma. For a while, I forgot my identity and started feeling insecure compared to some of my sisters that I live with but God opened my eyes and reminded me of who I am in him. I have been able to reconcile with my sisters and start getting along just fine. I needed Jesus more now than ever and he has been there for me but I was too blinded by my own self-pity, bitterness, loneliness and self-doubt. But the Lord was able to get my attention through my mom and now I feel so much closer to God and lighter at heart. My mind is so much more at peace now that I get along with my sisters and am myself again. My foundations needed to be cemented once again and the Lord has been faithful to do that for me.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

My journey on the water.

 

Hey family and friends,

  I hope that all are doing well and staying protected. This month has been eye-opening as well as exciting. My brother Thangboi and I have decided to sponsor a child from the FSP program. The child we’re sponsoring is a little boy named Praveen and he is in 4th grade. He lives with his mother who is a widow and partially deaf. I’m so excited to be sponsoring this child, not just financially but also through prayer. It sure is so much more satisfying to give than to receive. I pray that this family will grow into a house of blessing and joy.

  At the beginning of April, I had a revelation from the Lord during one of my quiet times. He spoke to me through the passage in Mark where Peter walks on water. Since coming back home from my ministry I’ve been trying to settle back in as much as possible. The revelation that the Lord showed me was when Peter walked on water it was a life-changing experience for him, but how he walked on water was what struck out to me. It was the different phases he went through while walking on water that the Lord was showing me. The journey that he had, though a very short one, it changed his whole life.

·         The first was when he got off the boat and walked confidently on water towards Jesus. In my life, it resembles my good and high times with the Lord. When I’m on fire and passionate for him.

·         The second, the storm and waves came in and he looked back. When something unexpected or a crisis arises, I lose focus of Jesus and look back at my problems, sin, and start backsliding.

·         The third, he’s drowning. I’ve fully forgotten what it was like to be walking confidently with Jesus and I’m so focused on my life on earth that I forget Jesus.

·         He asked Jesus to save him. When all seems lost and there’s no hope, the only one still standing there in my life is Jesus. I look up to him when I’m in need of him the most. But in his mercy and kindness, he saves me. And he’s with me the rest of the way.

The question that the Lord was asking me was how will my journey be like in the midst of this storm and waves. Will I be drowning, walking confidently with him or asking him to save me?

It's August now and I’ve totally forgotten about this revelation but the Lord reminded me of this while I was listening to a message by Christy Cain and the title of it was Miracle in Malta. Paul’s calling was Rome and he knew is clearly. He was on his way to Rome when his shipwrecked and he got stranded on an island called Malta. Instead of complaining and yearning for Rome, he kept his heart right with God, and the Lord used this time to bring a great revival to the people of this island. Satan tried to use external factors like the storm, waves, cyclones to stop him from his calling and when that didn’t work-out he used internal factors like anger, hate, mumbling, self-pity, to stop him but Paul positioned his heart right with God. He worshipped and praised God, broke bread, and encouraged his group to do the same. The Lord opened my eyes to how I’ve been handling this whole COVID crisis. Instead of positioning my heart right before God, I’ve been complaining, yearning for a better situation and place to be at, grumbling and mumbling. I’m drowning in my spiritual walk but the Lord in his kindness and goodness drew me out of my misery and is showing me that not once am I out of his plans and will. Though the journey to my calling is long, He will be and is with me throughout the journey. I will get there eventually not how I plan it but according to his plan and time.

  Some of my prayer requests are:

1.       Please pray for my sponsor child, Praveen, and his family. Pray for more of Jesus in their lives.

2.       I’ve been worrying a lot about my next phase in life, please pray for wisdom, direction, and guidance from the Lord.

3.       Pray that I will grow in the fruits of the spirit and bear those fruits to be like Christ. To grow in Love, joy, peace, and so on.  

Friday, July 10, 2020

Reminders and practice


  Hey Family and friends,

 I hope that all of you are safe and well. I’m doing good. This month we got to hold a wedding of one of my sisters; Viji. It was a small wedding but it was beautiful. It was one of a kind! The wedding was on June 18th and I got to be a part of the wedding. The weather was perfect and this wedding gave us a reason to glorify God for his goodness in the midst of chaos and the pandemic. I was able to serve the guest and pray at the wedding. The wedding was a success and it went smoothly without any problems. Our family just got a little bigger now and it will keep getting larger. 
Viji and Arun's Wedding!    

   This month the Lord has been reminding me of 2 chronicles 7:14 a lot. I’ve been drifting and back-sliding into my old habits of being apathetic and lethargic spiritually. But the Lord has been very patient with me. the scriptures that he spoke to me through was in Psalms 25: 4,5 and Psalm 27:4. It talks about asking God to show me his ways, teach me his path, and guide me in his truth. And to ask one thing of the Lord, to dwell in his house, gaze upon his beauty and seek him in his temple. This is all that matters in this time and season to him from me. The Lord has been teaching me what it really means to dwell in his house and to gaze upon his beauty. My prayer has been this for the past few days; May integrity and uprightness protect me because my hope is in you. So, now every time I’m feeling apathetic or back-sliding I remind myself of this verse and it helps me move forward with God.

   Working at The Daily Bean and Family Support Program has really been helping me practice self-Discipline, have integrity and uprightness in whatever I do as it pleases the Lord and its worship to him. Business at Daily Bean is slowly picking up again and we’ve been able to get the family support back into routine and praying that we’ll be able to continue working. We’re getting into the peak of the virus here and I’m praying for safety and health not just my family but everyone. I believe the Lord will heal this land when we seek him and pray to him.
  Some prayer points for this season of my life are:
1.       Please pray for healing in this land, safety, and well-being of every family. People would turn from wicked ways and repent.
2.       Please pray that I would clothe myself in righteousness and live a life pleasing to God.
3.       Please pray for my family, for protection, safety, and be able to continue being a light to the world.

New Beginnings!!!

    Hey family and friends,     Happy New Year 2021!!!! I hope all are doing well. This month has been a month of reconciliation, making-p...