Mission Series | Heaven Invades India
Children in an Indian orphanage have visions of heaven.
I had the privilege of spending two days with 50 to 60 children at a Life Foundation Center in Jeypura, Orissa, India. It was a long six hour road trip, across the mountains, from the city of Visakpattnam to our destination in Jeypura. On arrival, the children greeted us with garlands and showed us a traditional, tribal dance. Then we were given an opportunity to spend time in worship with 12 children ranging from 5 - 12 years in age.
This is how it all started: Jason Cobb originally from New Zealand married Andrea, who is from India. They both felt called to take over the orphanage from Andrea’s parents. One day, Jason was up on the roof fixing the water tank, when he accidentally fell, fracturing the bone in one of his legs. For the next 3 months he was helpless, unable to help his family or organise the running of the orphanage.
"They began sharing testimonies of the visions of Jesus that they had experienced."
One night he was up on his balcony thinking worriedly about how he would be able to manage the Life Foundation centre. He had a sudden thought to take his wife and their own children back to New Zealand. But the next day, during their morning devotions with the children, he noticed that some of them had fallen under the power of God.
After a while they began sharing testimonies of the visions of Jesus that they had experienced. Jesus had welcomed them into heaven, introducing them to different people from the Bible like David, Solomon, and Abraham. That was three years ago. These supernatural encounters have been a daily occurrence ever since. Everyday these chIldren spend time worshipping God and, as they worship, many slip into heaven to meet Jesus and play with Him.
One evening, we were worshipping with the children, when we noticed a girl called Kejiah playing invisible instruments. Kejiah, who is 15 years of age and was born with one short arm, was praising Jesus. With one hand she played the guitar, and after some time we observed her playing the drums. After worship we asked her, “What were you doing in heaven?” Her response was that she had been taken to the music room. David allowed her to use any instrument to play so she played guitar for a while and then she asked David if she could play the drums. As she began playing the drums, she could see her short arm as normal, like any other. Apparently, in heaven you do not need training to play instruments, they could pick any instrument to play.
"My faith was tested."
At one point, Kejiah exclaimed that the wine room in heaven was open and that Jesus was giving out free wine to drink. She began drinking wine with her hands, all the while encouraging us to drink also. Many times, these children go to heaven to play there; travelling to a rainbow cloud to have fun with Jesus. They often see Him playing with them and enjoying every minute of it.
Personally, I was doing a lot of thinking during my time in Orissa. At times the children would say to us, “Jesus is giving you each a crown”, and they would place it on us. Sometimes they would give us a sword. Of course, this all felt real for them because they could see it, but my faith was tested because I couldn’t yet see what they were seeing.
These particular scriptures have since become much more real to me:
"Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all]." (Matthew 18:3 AMP)
“But when Jesus saw [it], He was indignant and pained and said to them, Allow the children to come to Me—do not forbid or prevent or hinder them—for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14 AMP)
I am traveling back to India in 2014 to spend more time with the heavenly children. If you are interested in joining me on a missions trip, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org