This took place in India, sometime in March 2010...
Written by Orissa Mora-Kent in the Philippines May 27, before returning to Perth, AU.
As students of the BAS we also make intercession a regular part of our lives. Waiting on God and hearing Him speak is what stirs us up to take action and live lives that are obedient to His will and purposes.
One particular day God spoke some exciting things for us to do using our gifts of art and storytelling as tools to draw people in to hear about Jesus. And so it was on this particular day that we left our blue hospital uniforms at home and donned our colorful Indian punjabis to have an adventure day with God.
God spoke to us about “filling up the buckets“,
We got the idea from that to draw a picture of an Indian woman filling up buckets at a well. Someone drew the picture and we set out for the park. Settling down on the grass we spread out our art supplies and started doodling away..
Soon the sight of us caught the attention of two young Indian women. They giggled, pointed, smiled and hesitated to pass us by.. one pulling on the other’s arm to stop. We called out to them that they were welcome to come and sit with us. Excitedly they hurried over and sat down - becoming our fast friends. Having prepared for this moment beforehand in prayer we knew it was not a coincidence that these girls so easily began to share with us the personal details of their lives. The girls offered me a drink from their water bottle, which as you will later see, is very significant. Soon an opportunity presented itself for me to take out the picture that was drawn earlier of the Indian woman filling up buckets at a well. I asked the girls, “Do you want to hear a story?” they said yes.
I told the story of the Samaritan woman who met a man named Jesus at a well a long time ago. I was able to refer back to the water they had offered me earlier, and say how even though it had quenched my thirst temporarily, I was naturally thirsty again and I would always be thirsty for that kind of water. Just like that Samaritan woman. I told them about the water Jesus had offered to her and wanted to offer to them too. Living water, that if you drink of you will never thirst again. The story amazed them and they said.. “All of this, from one picture?” “Wow.”
They stayed and drew pictures with us, and we were able to continue speaking truth into their lives. In the end we prayed with both of them. One of the girls, touched by a picture that was drawn of her dancing with Jesus, exclaimed with obvious joy, “This is really from Jesus, I know it, because I love dancing!” All I can say is, praise God! It was an unforgettable day. We still have contact with these girls from India and our prayer for them is that they will choose to drink the water Jesus offers to us all freely.