Finding Rest and Pressing Forward in Mumbai

INDna06aGreetings from India and thank you for your prayers!  God has been so faithful and has kept us well.

Our time with the Oasis India women has been precious and they so value that we took the time to come and minister to them.  They expressed how much this time meant to them and how much they needed the rest.  They loved the “Image of Hope” seminar, which focused on the care and counsel of Jesus, and were excited to have an introduction to the Women in the Window Bible study method and the interactive principles of CHE (Community Health Evangelism).

On our first day together we focused on Matthew 11:28.  In this verse Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  We reflected on taking our burdens to Christ in order to receive healing and hope.  On our second day we did an inductive Bible study on Deborah and also studied Elijah in 1 Kings 19.  The women loved looking through the different “windows” of observing and interpreting the biblical texts, and then applying the passages to their own lives.  Our time with the Oasis India women ends tomorrow after we visit a drop-in center in the red light district here in Mumbai, one of the oldest and biggest red light districts in Asia.

Their work is very taxing and some travel as much as 4 hours a day to and from work.  Please pray that God will give these amazing women physical, emotional, and spiritual strength to press forward in their mission to rescue and restore women and girls from sexual exploitation.  Pray that they will continually give their burdens to Jesus so they can experience true rest in Him.

With much love,
Chelsey, Diane, Michelle & Peggy

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