This morning we set out to prayer ride through Old Delhi. We took the Metro to the center of the city and quickly found ourselves on bicycle rickshaws fighting for space against other bikes and motorcycles in Old Delhi’s crowded alley-sized streets. Our drivers took us to a very large Mosque, so we removed our shoes, the ladies covered their heads, and we made our way inside. After walking around and spending time praying over each group of people we interacted with, a man approached me and greeted me in confident English. He introduced himself to all of us as a Muslim and asked if we would like for him to show us around the Mosque.
Our new friend joined us on the rickshaws and showed us much of Old Delhi and every Mosque along the way. Wesley and I were able to share the Gospel with him during the rickshaw ride, but he still had more questions and we wanted to talk more with him. The ladies left to go meet up with some partners already on the field and we followed K to the largest Mosque in India, with the promise we would get lunch or tea after. K took us around the entire Mosque, explained every detail about its construction, and eventually took us to the top of one of the Mosque’s 250 meter towers. From the top, as you can see, we could see the mass of houses that make up Delhi. K showed us his neighborhood and told us there are two million Muslims packed around the Mosques in Old Delhi, mostly unreached with the Gospel. As we made our way back down to street level the words of a field worker here rung in my ears, “It is easy to be broken for the lostness of this city.”
K led us to an empty Christian church the British built during the colonization where we sat and shared the Gospel with our new friend. We were able to read Scripture with him, pray for him, and give him a Bible, which he asked if he could translate into another regional language and give away.
Our new friend is not yet a Christ follower, a “Jesus person” in his words, but we have his contact information to meet up with him before we return home. Please pray that our friend would be given eyes to see Christ as Messiah, pray for the boils on his lower back to be healed, and pray for our future interactions.
Tomorrow morning, we leave Delhi and head north, where we will remain for the remainder of the summer. Pray for safety in travel, mostly against carsickness. Because we are leaving the capital city we will most likely not have internet access for a few days, but please check back for travel updates.