I had a great Journey with Jesus to India in the middle of January. I was gone for the most part of eleven days. The journey to and from India is quite an ordeal because it is literally on the other side of the world.
It took the Mayflower 66 days to cross the Atlantic and it took me about 36 hours from my doorstep to Pastor Reddy’s doorstep so I shouldn’t whine. Most of my ministry time was preaching in pastors’ conferences and a number of village church meetings. There were about fifteen salvations and I prayed for well over 100 hundred people for healing. We visited a slum area of Vijayawada and passed out some treats to the kids; it was a rough and dirty area but I thought, “This is where Jesus would show up!”
One of many stories from the India trip: In one village where I had never preached, we held a morning meeting mostly with local pastors and a few other village people. I preached about Love is the Main Thing. In the message, I shared a personal story where someone had stolen money from me and my process of forgiving the person. Unknown to me, outside the building, snooping around was a notorious thief in the area who had just been released from prison. He was sneaking around seeing what he could steal but from the outside he heard my story of forgiving the thief. The Holy Spirit touched his heart, and that night in the open-air meeting he came forward telling us he wanted to change his life. God often reminds us that the Spirit of God can touch a man’s heart and only Jesus can save a sinner. We had a number of divine appointments only God can orchestrate and we will need to wait to see the miracles God will perform from those encounters.
Our work in Haiti continues to thrive. Our church and school in Bossier is doing well. We have started a new sewing school in the afternoon with four new sewing machines we shipped in November. We are excited about this new ministry venture to help the people help themselves.
My words are never enough to thank you for your prayers and financial support. It is very hard to describe how I feel each month when faced with the needs of this ministry. The amount of money it takes could be overwhelming if I thought about it too much. Recently, I told a friend, “Most of the time I feel like I am on the journey with Jesus just as an observer as I watch Him work.” Many years ago, I arrived at the conclusion I could not make anything happen—I needed to rely upon the Lord without getting in His way; that is my strategy if I have one.
Thank you for being on the journey with us–with Jesus. Thank you!
Rejoicing in the salvation which is by grace through faith, I am…
Yours on the Journey,
Harry L. Whitt