Monday, December 22, 2008

India 2008 Update

Isaiah 55:8-9

8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the LORD.

9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

As some of you may know, my sister Sarah is heading a trip to India this winter. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support and a special thank you to those of you who and helped in raising the funds to send the team.

I want to inform you although my idea was to go on the trip along with Sarah and others from Nashville, God's plans were different than what I had thought. I'm now in Chicago and while I didn't fly across the globe. I've realized that God has been using me here in aiding the team to get to their destination.

From the moment I arrived in Chicago, my dad and I were driving from O'Hare airport to our home. I became aware of the all the challenges Satan has been hindering the team with in just getting to their flights.

The weather was causing a lot of trouble for many people flying during this time of year, but just hearing the stories of how this team had become scattered around the United States and across the globe, trying to unify and arrive in India is evident to me that the devil is trying to keep them from going.

All the parents of the team members were informed of the weather trouble and team members were stuck in Nashville, North Carolina, New York and even Paris as they were trying to make their connecting flights. The winter storms caused flights to be delayed and even cause airports to close down entirely.

Talking to a couple of people back and forth, parents were asking themselves "What should we do?" All the parents and ministry leaders were at peace about the decisions. So, everyone prayed and we all pushed for following through with God's plan.

To inform you of the recent events.

Sarah, Angela and Emily were off from JFK airport and had been delayed in Paris and then had to detour towards Singapore and then finally to India for about 2 days.

Dan had been waiting and praying. He had pushed through and persevered to get to JFK airport for about 2 days as well and was waiting for the other two guys to meet him there.

Xan and Kyle had gotten stuck in Nashville and decided they were going to push for the next early morning 7am flight again to get to JFK meet with Dan and then make their way across the Atlantic.

So really for the last 3 days, my dad, myself, parents, and people from CLM ministry had been going back and forth and making sure we are fully informed about the status of every team member.

Finally the girls arrived in Chennai, India yesterday. And today, PRAISE THE LORD! the rest of the team finally made it to Chennai as well. (really I was just informed they arrived in the airport about 10 minutes ago.)

My heart is racing as I am witness to God's faithfulness in bringing everyone where they need to be and protecting them on their long journey for the past 4 days.

The team is united together now as a whole.

There will be more news about the ministry and all that is going on in Trichy, India.

I want to thank all of you again for the prayers and support you have blessed the India team with and ask you to continue in praying. During this time of year it is amazing to reflect on all Christ is to us and how we share his love with people near and far.

Be Blessed.

Jennifer Chellappa

Saturday, December 20, 2008

4000 Miles From Home: Just The 3 of Us

There's Angela and Emily taking naps :) I've never been so envious....
Thanks to Boingo, my 24 hour wireless subscription works in Paris too!

Poor Dan made it all the way to JFK while we were still boarding the flight, but they wouldn't let him check in.
What's worse is that they delayed us another hour and a half because some other passenger was "missing" or something.
All the while, Dan was only a hop, skip and a jump away. :-/
But Ang, Em and I made it to Paris around 10:45am.
We missed our 10:25am flight to Chennai because of the delay.
If we stayed in Paris til the next direct flight it would be 2 nights here-which would be SWEET!!-except AirFrance would only accommodate us for one night. Lame...
Sooo, we're flying to Singapore at 11:15pm (aka 2315) tonight and then coming back up to Chennai.
Dan slept in JFK, has a hotel tonight and will fly out the following day.
I haven't heard from Kristin or the Paxtons yet, but they are all in Nashville as far as I know.

It is currently 9:00AM in Chicago/Nashville and almost 4:00pm here in Paris.
This is crazy.
But God is GOOD and we will get there soon!
Sheesh. :)
Pray we don't get caught in Singapore for any reason, it's an 11 hour flight as it is. lol

God's doing a great job of teaching us trust, patience and flexibility....
We're really just trying to put our faith in Him and see how things play out.
I have no clue how all of this is going to end up.
But no worries, it'll all work out for good...

Sleep would be great right now cuz I'm getting kind of dizzy.
I can only imagine what the rest of the trip is going to be like, us 3 girls have been joking about seeing all 7 continents before we make it to Chennai :-P

Man, through all of this, I can feel God using these circumstances to push the selfishness out of me...
It's the same feeling as fasting... that sense of cleanliness after your body becomes detoxified from the junk you ate yesterday.
Know what I mean?
I would go way more in depth if I had the brain power...
There will be better news to come :)

Special thanks to Nikki Faye for being a servant and encourager :)
The verses you wrote in my Christmas card have been building me up so much.
Here's one to leave you all with (it has certainly related to our current situation):
"God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'we are his offspring.'"
~Acts 17:27-28

Gooood NIGHT! kind of.
I cannot wait to see all of your wonderful faces again w/ lots of stories in tow. :)

--posted by Sarah Chellappa

Monday, November 10, 2008

INDIA 2008

Dear loved ones,

God is good all the time! My hope was go on this mission to India this winter, but perhaps God has a different idea. The cost for me to go on this mission has not yet been reached but this isn't going to prevent me from making it over there. My heart goes out to the church in India and where God leads me, I will follow. He has prepared the way for me and even though I may have plans, His plans are way better.

I want to share with you an email from one of the India 2008 team members as they are still going this December - January to share the word of God.

Hello team members! [and readers]
I hope all of you are well and are encountering truth and encouragement from God. He loves you, ya know. :)

Lately, I have been so busy that it has been hard to focus on India. My head is still turning from last week. So, I decided to begin fasting once a week, so that I could spend that day turning from things that usually grab my attention, like food (man I love food!), and spend it in prayer for India. Lately, I have been understanding more of how important is to pray and to fast. Last Sunday, Pastor Steve Berger, at Grace Chapel in Leiper's Fork, TN, said that the common denominator for all great movements of God in the history of the church is prayer and fasting. He emphasized the importance of knowing the power we have in Jesus name and the importance of understanding there is spiritual warfare and that our prayers are weapons against the enemy. Ephesians 6:12 it says, "for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of the age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." In 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 it says," for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh . For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds..."
Also, it is important to understand from what power we pray from.
Ephesians 1:18-21
"I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come."

We have been placed at the right hand of God with Jesus, over all dominion and power, even over death! I want to pray in that knowledge, truth, and power for INDIA. I know that Satan claims India as his own, but the rightful King of India is Jesus. It is not Satan's country, but God's.

I write this because I want to challenge you to fast with me once a week until our trip to India. I decided to fast on Sundays because it is one of the only days I can afford to fast. I need all the energy I can get during the week, and I also have more time to pray on Sundays. I would encourage you to pick a day that would be most beneficial for you, considering how much time you have available to pray and the energy you will be using that day. The Lord honors us when we spend time to focus on him and search for his will. And, I believe this will help spiritually prepare us as a team to go into India, because the fact is that Satan hates us and hates what we do. And because of his fear of the power we hold he will try anything to make us forget the power of Jesus. And, he will also want us to forget that he even exists and that there are evil powers to pray against. I would encourage you to read Daniel Ch. 10 and 2 Kings Ch.6, especially verses 15-17. It is really cool stuff. They show God hearing and answering prayers, and they also give insight to the spiritual battle. Please tell me what you think and what you have decided.
Peace and love,

I am so blessed if you would support me. Please pray always.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

INDIA 2008

I'm so thankful that I can see clearly. What I mean is, in a moment of desperation, sadness, frustration, anger, resentment, spite, shame, stress, loneliness, heartache, and so many other emotions that I may feel something terrible, I am able to step back and ask myself, "Why should I allow my mind to dwell on the hold onto those emotions. Why should I damage my spirit by wallowing in self-pity or hold a grudge for even a moment longer.

I must say, I am thankful for one of my old roommates whom I lived with in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time I began to start breaking down walls of ignorance and meeting more closely with the realty of things. In other words, I was doing some growing up.

I'll never forget her profound words, "Jen, just shake it off."

All this to say, that as I'm preparing for this trip I find my thoughts leaning towards, "how is this going to work?" "am I really able?" "what if something changes?" "what will I do?" These thoughts stir up worry in my spirit. I plan on taking this trip in the middle of my final graduate year. Graduate school is enough a challenge in itself and I sometimes think maybe pursuing all these things was not such a good idea.

I start to get angry, frustrated, stressed. Careless words have been on the edge of my tongue and a few have escaped out loud. Then I realize, "Shake it off." Why worry about what tomorrow brings? There are enough worries about today. Why worry about how things will happen and whether I will succeed. God has prepared the way for me and in Him I already have the victory.

I'm thankful that I can see clearly. When I find myself beginning to sulk and complain, I can see that there is warfare over my spirit and see the choice I have before me - grumble and give Satan the foothold or shake it off with a little faith.

I am hopeful, happy, confident, at peace, grateful, open-minded, glorious, relaxed, loved, overjoyed!

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Friday, September 12, 2008

INDIA 2008

I have so many ideas of what I want from this missions trip to India. I want to accomplish so much but there is so little time. Days are counting down and I sometimes wonder if I will be prepared. Then I remember, He prepared the way for me. I don't need to worry about how things will pull through, because He is faithful. In addition to that truth, I remember that He has successfully taken me through wonderful adventures in life when I thought everything could just fall apart.

Why should I give any foothold to worrying? There is simply no need for it.
Praise God, He is so good to me all the time.

"Complete weakness and dependence will always be the occasion for the Spirit of God to manifest His power." --My Utmost for His Highest, By Oswald Chambers

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jennifer's past school

Click the link to visit small Promo Video for Judson College.

I study architecture. Here is a video on the new Harm A Weber Academic Center, where the library and School of Architecture now reside in. HAWAC

(These photos are in no particular order)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Going Global

Dear Friends and Family,

Some of you I may have seen yesterday and some I haven't seen in years, I hope you are doing well and you're enjoying life where you are.
I have some news...(No I'm not getting married, at least not yet :)

This December I'm taking the opportunity to go on a missions trip to Trichy, India. Global missions have been introduced to me at a young age and even now my heart goes out to the younger generations that they may know the love of Christ and grow in His Word.

I will be teaming up with Christian Love Ministries and working with the children, the church and school. Since 2002 the school has grown from only preschool children to currently functioning with grades ranging from preschool to 5th grade.
Future planning for CLM consists of a health clinic open to the community. The mission of CLM is sharing the truth and love of Jesus Christ by telling of His Word and in tangible ways.

I am in the process of raising funds for this trip. Please support me with your prayers, because it is not by might and not by power but by His Spirit that hearts are touched by God. If you feel led to support me in this area, I am blessed. Every bit counts and it will come back as a blessing to you too.

Traditionally, checks have been a convenient form of transaction which is one option.

Checks made payable to: Lifehouse Church
Please include on the memo: Sarah India 08

Send to:
Attn: Jennifer Chellappa
2117 Bernard Circle
Nashville, TN 37212

The second option is using a PayPal account.

Simply, click on this link: !! INDIA 2008 !!
or the link at the top of the page :)

I am so blessed by all of you!
You are Loved!

In His Steps,
Jennifer Chellappa

I need to make an updated presentation on CLM but here is a link to an older post of mine about the ministry.

Christian Love Ministries

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A BitterSweet Time

I always love going home to be with my family. Everything happens so quickly right now. I have dreams, and dreams, and dreams. Then as reality starts playing its cards, my super fabulous outline for how I want to plan my next few months gets molded by limitations. Limitations are not always bad, but knowing I have to go home also brings me to the truth that once again, I've spent a little less than a year in a new place and made friends and now I have to say "bye." once more. I do look forward to being back in the Chicagoland area and I'm very thankful for so many friends who I've come to hold very dear in my heart. Several of them come from The Journey. Having been involved at that church has been so rewarding to me and God has revealed Himself yet again in new and amazing ways. I still have two more months living in San Francisco and I hope to savor every moment. I'm writing this because I began to look at airfare prices and it is stirring up emotions within me. I have become attached to so many people now. The time spent, prayers, fun, and pioneering with The Journey has been written on my heart with permanent ink.

There have been friends I met through the YMCA Embarcadero that I've grown attached to as well.

SF Cameraworks

KMD Architects - Mirian, you are an amazing person to have become friends with. I'm so thankful for you.

God has been so faithful to lead us all on. This isn't really a "goodbye", its just a "catch ya later".

I feel sad, but joyful as I'm forced to book an airline ticket for the end of May and reflect on the last nine months of San Francisco life.

Well, it ain't over yet! These next two months are going to be the best ever :)

I just had to let my heart pound out some words.

Monday, February 11, 2008

A New Haircut

I feel a little self-conscious about my new haircut. I usually have just plain long black hair and now its layered up with bangs! Whoa!

time flies

There has been so many memorable moments over the last couple of months. It has been awhile since I have put up an entry. Now is the time to change that stagnant time.

Being home over Christmas and New Year was a thing to savor. I am realizing how much God is allowing myself, my brother and sister to really just grow. I'm 25! for example. This doesn't mean I have to become an old boring person, but more and more I feel the distance from childhood. Some people in a single day can realize they have reached adulthood and childhood had disappeared. For me it is like being on a train and waving goodbye to my childhood until it vanishes on the horizon. sigh. I have been slow to grow up, mainly because like many people, we don't want to face up to our responsibilities. Yes, I'm making it sound like it is a desperately sad loss, but in reality it is the best opportunity to define the next season of, I'm guessing, 10 years or so.

I've been in San Francisco, Califonia for the last six months and it is like a whole other world on the west coast. Melanie and I have been like iron sharpening iron since coming to this city. Rob is hoping that I fall in love with northern California, because that is where he is from, so far, so good. I have another few months to really make memories. I have found a great church and wonderful new friends. Finding a support group is such a blessing after all this time. Kristen and Tim open their home to so many Journey members, Jade is the all-star at servanthood and hospitality, Alex and Allison are the most encouraging people I have met since coming here and Chris Brady - this guy has been a bright shining example of courage, boldness and obedience to the Holy Spirit. He is a witness of God's powerful and mighty hand that can rock our world centering God's power in the streets of San Francisco. God really is awesome in this place.

Friday, January 18, 2008