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