Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I have found ...

"For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." -Luke 12:12

I didn't have many expectations for this trip would be like.  I would rather be surprised than disappointed.  That isn't the greatest attitude to have, but mine was that.  I did however have expectations of what this trip would not be.  Again, probably a pretty bad idea. 

I did not expect for my spiritual vision to change.  It did.
I did not expect for Holy Spirit to completely guide my tongue.  He has.
I did not expect to have such peace about everything.  I have.
I did not expect to finally start believing that I'm beautiful. I am.
I did not expect to be brave and bold. Jesus is.
I did not expect to want to spend all my time with the teenagers. I do.
I did not expect for my thoughts to be taken captive. They are.
I did not expect for so much joy. It's here.

There are much more things than that.  Things that I was not expecting but are happening. 

Holy Spirit is moving so beautifully and changing me so peacefully. 

Before I left the country I told my friends that God had to be planning something great for India because the spiritual warfare prior to leaving was so intense and horrible.  I said that over and over again to friends, but I didn't believe it for myself.  I figured I would get to India and hate it after all these years of dreaming about the calling I felt God placed in my heart about this country.  I figured I would loathe it and be miserable.  I figured I would not be able to breathe and have lots of asthma attacks.  I figured I wouldn't be able to connect with anyone.  I figured the worst.

God is doing great things in me.  I love India.  As in, I have fallen completely head over heels in love with this nation.  I feel confirmation that I am supposed to move here after graduating.  I have had a hard time breathing and had to use my inhaler several times more than I would like to admit, but Jesus is hardcore healing my inside, so I trust that healing to my body will come shortly. I have connected with so many people. 

I walked through the red-light district with about 12 girls from the children's shelter.  I got ahead of the rest of my team because a sweet 15 year old named Esther had my hand. Esther told me about her family and begged me to pray over her. I got to write her a letter and pray over her.  I know the Lord touched her and will continue too.  She has great thirst for the Lord.

I got to be a part of a church service infilling new believers with Holy Spirit.  I got to lay hands on these newly baptize believers and pray that Jesus would fill them.  It was incredible.

I got to pray over 5 vibrant, teenage, lovers of Jesus at Jubilee 1 today.  Jubilee 1 is for 13-20 year olds who are the daughters of prostitutes.  The girls I prayed over (Prity, Sumi, Haseena, Sonu, & Jaya) are shining brighter than any other 15-17 year olds that I have ever seen.  These girls love Jesus and their actions scream it from the rooftops.  I got to pray for them and their families.  They prayed for me.  Sonu let me play her guitar and I taught them Set a Fire by United Pursuit Band.  It was so encouraging and just amazing.

One of the Ashagram boys, Roy, shared his testimony of being healed of tuberculosis and having a relationship with Jesus because of what BTC did for him.

Jesus is doing huge things in my life.  Let me leave you with these Kim Walker lyrics that just sum up the reality of what I have found. 

I have found a peace that plows on through the storm
I have found a joy that jumps over sadness.
I have found a love that lights up every room.
I have found; I've found You.
You are all I want, You are all I need; everything my heart could hope for.
We are longing for the glory of the Lord because we know there's so much more.
I have found a trust that teaches how to rest.
I have found a grace that guides me back again.
I have found a strength that stands like a mountain.
I have found; I've found you.
You are all I want, You are all I need; everything my heart could hope for.
We are longing for the glory of the Lord because we know there's so much more.


  1. Beautiful Casey! Thank you for sharing your journey!

  2. Awesome. Case think about when we first went to Africa together...and where your heart and my heart is now. God is always transforming us. Thank the Lord we don't have to stay the same and that he is taking our mucky mess and making it beautiful.
    I just can't wait to hug you.