We are bravely walking into the 6th month after our first trip into Munich, Germany. We say bravely, because courage and humility have been the greatest lessons in these past few months. To be brave in standing up to your choice to follow a call to a country where you have no roots established and fighting the logical reasonings to keep focused on your call, has been tougher than we'd thought. To be humbled my God himself as he wrecks our plans and shows off His magnificent route to The Plan, and also to be humbled by the situations that present itself whilst you hold on to that one vision, that one verse, that one call, has been immensely arduous.
When we first reached Munich, Germany both of us were not in the mental state to understand how we got there. The opposition, the doors that shut at the very last moment, we shouldn't have made it. We shouldn't have been able to get there. But there we were, in our thick winter clothing, wearing our gloves, holding each others hands in complete awe of our Creator and King.
We can do anything through Him.
We spoke german whenever needed fluently, and understood it. We were linked with people that also had the heart and vision to serve the refugees. We met Singaporeans, and exchanged stories. We were offered not one but 5 different avenues to serve in. It felt like God bolted through all the doors all at once. We knew we had to be there. We knew we had to be there for a while. But we didn't have confirmed Visa's to do so. And therefore with a heavy heart we left the country. We had the faces of each and every one we met etched in our minds, their voices ringing in our ears but we just knew that we will be back.
Sometimes, miracles are what you ask for, and sometimes miracles are what you forget to ask. With a heavy heart, we were leaving, and just as we were, the airline couldn't issue us a ticket because the travel agent had keyed in Praveena's name wrongly. So there we were after what felt like heaven to be walking in destiny, stuck. We cried and begged and knocked, but they just wouldn't issue us a ticket. So we knocked and knocked and knocked, and it turned out that God's plan was way bigger.
If it's for the others, he always turns up. Others before you.
There was no other way but to get a new ticket to Singapore, and as our parents had blessed us with the tickets, they now had decided to get us the tickets to get back to Singapore, after a refund was promised of course. But, it was a two way ticket. Yes, we had two way tickets, miraculously, in the pit of chaos, to get back to Germany.
We never asked. We never even thought that far. But he made it plain for us to see that we will be back in 6.5 months.
I hate giving any importance to this above mentioned entity. But it is as real as the soap you use to shower. He came in all ways, to inject confusion, calamity, uncertainty, and chaos. There were terrorist threats, the very place we stayed in was said to be 'hijacked', our friends and family were constantly worried. And doubt was trying to make it's way into our choices.
But that 15 minutes every day, when you wake up, and give yourself to The Light, saves you out of these. Of course they creep in anyway, cause really our body is mere flesh. We had questions from every other person about our plans, about why we were here for so long. Of course we didn't have passports, physical passports with us, and of course going into a country like Germany just required a long list of things. But we learnt one thing.
God's timing is not for us to understand but obey.
"35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me [with help and ministering care]; I was in prison, and you came to Me [ignoring personal danger].’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’"
There is an idea amongst us that the poorer countries, the poorer people, the ones in the slums, struggling in third world countries, are the ones that Jesus ones us to touch. But without Jesus we are all poor, we are all hungry, we are all thirsty.
Germany is an absolutely beautiful and rich country. But it is a hard soil. The leaders have made a way for the Syrian refugees to enter and take refuge in them, and now is the time to use this calamity to introduce the true Saviour to them. The same way Peter learned to look at Jesus and walk on the water, we want God to shine through this situation.
Our heart is for the souls of the refugees in Munich. In that journey, we know we will encounter all kinds of people, rich and poor, but ultimately in need of the anointing of the Master and the Word of God.
Pray for us as we get sanctified and sent to be used fully and wholly for God. All we want is for them to know that there is a freedom that will last. The Syrian refugee situation is not just a headline you see every now and then. It's a true calling for a movement of The Holy Spirit within and amongst the many souls.
Above all we pray for His will to be done.