Hey Family and friends,
This month has been a very exciting month and an eventful month. I left for Nagaland on Jan 19th and it’s been almost a month since I’ve been here. It was my first time flying on my own and it was a fearful but a successful experience. I had a few of my sisters and family drop me off at the airport. I miss my family a lot. The base that I’m staying at is really nice. We live in the remote/village side of Dimapur and we have power cuts, bad network and shortage of water every day. The people in this base rear and grow everything on their own for food and meat. They raise pigs and chicken. They grow their own vegetables too from all kinds of greens to tomatoes and lettuce. We’re surrounded by farmlands and farmers. It’s a beautiful sight to wake up to every morning. Since it is a requirement for me to attend the school before I become a full-time staff I am now a student as well as an intern.
The school is very similar to YWAM. There are around 25 students and most of them come from addiction, broken, hard families and are now trying to know God and follow him. Our day starts at 6 in the morning and it’s filled with all kinds of activities. We have Bible study, work-duty, classes, sports, games, small groups, one-on-one, family-fun nights, devotions, worship, etc. Before coming here, I’ve been doubting if I really heard from the Lord about this, whether it was a mistake, if I’m just running away from Bangalore because of feeling restless and discontent but the Lord confirmed that I’m doing the right thing. I have been going through spiritual dryness and silence from God. I felt very discouraged and down. Everything I did felt empty and useless. I gave up halfway tried to start fresh too but I got no response from the Lord. I couldn’t hear his voice. After coming here, I’m able to feel his presence and the Holy Spirit. I realize now the Lord was testing me but unfortunately i was too slow to grasp that and gave up on him. I failed him. But the lord is so gracious to give me another chance. He’s teaching me and showing me more of himself. There is something about this place, the environment and the people that gets to me. I’m really doing well here and adjusting well here. Although I love northeast food, the food is a bit difficult to adjust to here since all they eat is only rice everyday and no other kind of bread. I’ve made some new friends here and am the only south Indian. I’m learning Nagamese and Hindi from my friends here.
Some prayer points for me are:
1. Please pray that I wouldn’t feel so out of place and lonely because I’m the only odd one out here. It’s very easy to feel lonely and homesick.
2. Please pray for wisdom and grace as I learn the languages here.
3. Please pray that my body and stomach will adjust better to the food here and that I wouldn’t feel sick all the time.
4. Please pray that I would be a blessing here and continue to listen to the Lord for directions.