Friday, September 26, 2014

Festivals of Darkness

Navratri Celebration

As Adam and I learn about the many people we will  be ministering to in New York City, we are eager to share what we learn with our readers so that they may pray with this information in mind, helping to intercede on our behalf and the lost peoples in the Jackson-Heights communities.

Festival Season for Hindu peoples is in full swing in India as well as in parts of Jackson-Heights, Flushing, and other areas of New York City. In India, the festival season begins with a 10-day celebration honoring the Hindu god Ganesh (Aug 29-Sept 8). People bring giant idols of Ganesh into their homes. They worship him for 10 days, then they carry him in procession for immersion in the nearest large body of water. September's end will see nine days of celebration known as Navratri (Sept 25-Oct 3).  The word “Navratri” literally means 9 nights.  People will dance far into the night, worshiping the goddesses of the harvest, specifically the deity, Durga.  

In NYC, entire communities are very involved in these celebrations and worship of their gods and goddesses during this important major festival.  Hindu temples offer free celebrations, engaging in dance programs and cultural events.  The 9 days of Navratri, Hindu believers fast, eating only fruit. Will you pray right now for the Hindu people residing in Jackson-Heights, that we may engage them with the gospel?  Will you also consider taking one day during Navratri (Sept 25-Oct 3) to fast and pray?

Prayer Points:
  • Pray for the Light to shine this dark month. Ask the Holy Spirit to break through the evil, that God may reveal himself in miraculous ways.  
  • Pray for Christian Indian believers to stand firm and bold before their neighbors and families.
  • Pray for the Hindu background congregation of the church plant and the leaders.
  • Pray for the South Asian Center and other centers like it.  
  • Pray for the Christian workers in India.
  • Pray for Adam and Erin as they learn knowledge about Hindu people and seek ways to share Christ.

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Psalm 46:10)

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