When one thing goes wrong in the midst of your plans, you can consider it a problem. But when a series of things go wrong one after the other, you must consider that something else is going on. Spiritual warfare! Demonic activity has welcomed us to Mumbai.
Even before we boarded the plane problems were developing. First Viju had a problem verifying his boarding pass because we paid for it with our charge card. I quickly had to send the airline a copy of our charge card and Sal’s passport with an attached letter verifying that we indeed paid for his ticket. Thank God he did not miss his plane.
Next, we were waiting to board our plane, but our gate was changed and it was not announced. We did not realize this until we were ready to present our boarding passes. All four of us flew through the airport to the correct boarding gate and narrowly made it.
Within hours after arriving in Mumbai, Vikki began to develop a cough. By the next morning she was suffering from full-blown bronchitis. Harold also became sick and also came down with bronchitis. Ammu, Viju’s wife, developed a skin rash. And I came down with what is commonly known as traveler’s diarrhea. Last evening we called for the house Doctor who treated Vikki and Harold with antibiotics and also gave me meds to quiet my stomach.
The only two left in good shape were Sal and Viju. Today is day two of the conference which is going quite well even though half the team has not been able to attend. We don’t always understand the reasons why these problems exist. We know that in spite of it, God has been greatly blessing the conference. Many of the delegates say they have never heard teaching on the end times before, and were very happy to understand the true meanings found in the books of Daniel and Revelation.
Now how do all these obstacles lead to spiritual warfare? This week is the start of the festivals in India. Yesterday was a national holiday as all Hindus celebrate and worship the high god, Siva. The Hindus believe that they must not sleep for 24 hours during this festival in homage to Siva. So throughout the country there was street dancing, loud music, and singing at all hours of the day and night. We could hear it clearly from our hotel rooms. But we know that this god that they worship could not hear them.
“Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak. Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.” Habakkuk 2:18-19 NIV
My opinion is that demonic activity increases during these festivals. The devil and his armies knew we were here to open the hearts and minds of people who are seeking truth. The warfare began the moment we stepped into Mumbai, but God has kept Sal and Viju protected and strong and victorious in preaching the Word of God – The only Truth that belongs to the One and only True God.
Please pray for us as we travel back to QCI tomorrow. Pray that the Meyer’s will regain their strength quickly. Our next scheduled event is a Women’s Conference on March 9 in Ooty.