After powering through our arrival day to stay awake, we all got about 10 hours of sleep last night. Woke up and went through the day pretty adjusted. I would be remiss if I didn’t first talk about the traffic here. We use horns to signal displeasure; here they are used to signal turning or letting a driver ahead know you are coming up. There aren’t really any lanes and everyone is just vying to stay ahead. Autos, motorcycles, scooters, buses…they get way close to each other, weaving in and out of everyone. Intersections are somehow both chaotic and flowing. One thing about it, there were no fender benders.
Our friends gave us a schedule of areas to visit for the week. Today we went to the local palace and a huge market. It’s overwhelming to say the least. We walked a lot. I think I can safely say we were all pretty stunned. There were a couple guys who would begin walking along with us and we were able to talk to them. We were invited in to see how this one family made incense and fragrant oils. Meals have all been authentic food; very spicy. The restaurants at home? Yah, not spicy.
There’s a very large palace that has been around for about 250 years old. We walked the grounds and met a couple folks more. After we came out of the palace, we were sitting on some benches and things started happening how we maybe anticipated. Folks came up to us and wanted to take a picture with the Americans. Ha!
The couple of people we were able to asked about what they believed and told them that we follow Jesus were largely apathetic. And that very well may be our greatest challenge. Everyone can believe what they want and all get along.
My personal struggle is feeling or experiencing the Holy Spirit at work. I’m not sure how to pray as we walk. I kind of feel like I’m saying the same things over and over. And it’s a bit frustrating. Fortunately, in Romans, we have the assurance that the Spirit intercedes for us. So as we intercede for light to come to these people, I pray the Holy Spirit will intercede for us.
The Holy Spirit is needed in this place. It is dark; there is very little light. The worship of created–or made up–things seems insurmountable. As I read a book on the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan this morning had some good and timely Scripture. If you need guidance on how to pray for us, use these verses:
1 Corinthians 2:9-10