“Break my heart for what breaks Yours.” That was the prayer of one of the teen orphans we visited yesterday, a prayer that resonated with our hearts for sure today. Before breakfast, most of our team hiked to the local Hindu temple. Of note were the many flags with prayers written on them so that as the flags fly the prayers will be carried on the wind to those being remembered.
Following breakfast, it was a half hour bus ride to meet up for a picnic with 45 kids from Rainbow Christian School, the school of choice for the Dar-ul-Fazi orphanage we’ve visited. To say our picnic setting was beautiful would be an understatement. Absolutely breath-taking! This was a rare treat for the kids, and rarer still was our trek with them up the mountain in the gondolas.
After seeing the kids off, we took an hour to shop in the downtown market of Manali and then it was back to the orphanage to hang and play with the kids. We were the guests of honor for a very special outdoor meal of stewed goat (mutton), rice, potatoes with sauteed hard-boiled eggs, and mangoes.
One of the hardest moments we faced came when it was time to say good-bye to the kids. Knowing that visitors are so few and far between only extended the time of our parting. So many hearts were melded together and sealed with hugs and tears, you’d have thought we had known these kids for years. We take comfort in knowing they are in godly care under true servants sent from Heaven, and we take the commitment of praying for them and telling God’s story of His transforming work in their lives.
As a closing note, please pray for Chetan, pronounced CHAY-tuhn (pictured). Just before dinner, Chris met Chetan, a non-practicing Buddhist who’s heard the Gospel but still has questions. Her heart was soft, open and receptive to hearing the Gospel during an intimate conversation over tea. Pray God will give her courage and understanding to receive His Son as the One and Only true Savior.
– Chris Lemke