Families lined up to provide breakfast for us – what nice people. However we couldn’t accept all the invitations because of the work at hand. We visited a pastor in Batala whose first act was to wash our feet. I was humbled. He took us sightseeing to a Sikh temple. I was astounded at how humans God created would worship anything. I mean anything. They were bowing to buildings, statures, railings, the floor, water, you name it. This confirmed that God has put in man, a heart to worship. But man chooses to worship many things other than the creator. As is said in scripture:
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water – Hebrews 2:13
My responsibility, and yours too, is to speak boldly of Christ, and pray that the Spirit of the Living God do the conversion. As evening approached, we were told there had been a skirmish at the Crusade venue. A trouble maker had refused the meeting to hold. The Crusade was to be cancelled for the night, and another venue would be found. People were discouraged. The devil tried to sow doubts in our hearts. I asked them: “What was God doing now?” We prayed, and knew God was up to something.
Concerns regarding my security began to surface in my heart. “What if some misfortune befalls me? I had just agreed to a lucrative offer in the US and maybe it’s still not too late to bail”. Yes, like you, gospel ministers do get tempted with fear. They are flesh and blood, not robots. But the Holy Spirit prevailed, steadying my heart, that there was no better way to go down than preaching the gospel. I encouraged those with me, including Pastor Lubhaya. God sent me here and He is able to keep me, if not, I will yet serve Him. My new friends stepped up security around me which made me somewhat nervous (not much above that which is naturally felt when you are about deliver a sermon). The threat was miraculously abated, the venue was opened up. The welcome was unlike any other I had ever received. The people had been waiting a long time to hear the word, and were receptive. God was glorified. He had won yet again. At this point, the confidence was really high. God is doing something miraculous here in the Punjab, and we were just about to witness the biggest push. We were just getting started …