On the last day of our mission trip to India, we arranged to take a boat safari into the deep forest where the Bengal tigers live in the wild. We were completely exhausted after spending the day at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying, doing manual labor and caring for the sick. Now all we could think of was relaxing, reconnecting, and debriefing as a team.
After a three-hour drive in a cramped vehicle, we finally arrived at the boat. As I looked at the boat, I felt concerned for our safety. Structurally it seemed a little too tall in comparison with its width. Sure enough, as we boarded, we had to be careful about moving around as it tipped easily.
As we finally relaxed on the top deck, enjoying the beautiful scenery, people started to unwind and come into a place of peace. In the distance, a beautiful sunset and dancing lightning painted the sky in dazzling colors.
However, within moments, our beautiful scenery changed as a violent storm erupted all around us, bringing torrential rain, waves, and thunderous lightning. The captain quickly headed into shore, and we all ran for the lower deck. After a few moments, he informed us that we would likely be stuck here for at least three hours, until the storm passed. We wanted to relax and enjoy the beauty of the countryside, not sit in the stinky underbelly of an old boat. I started thinking about what we could do about this and suddenly remembered a testimony of someone in Tijuana, who, when it started to rain during a street ministry time, invited everyone who wanted to see a real miracle to come over and watch God stop the rain. God showed up: it did not rain in an area surrounding him.
When I shared this testimony with my team, faith began to rise, and we started praying and releasing God’s peace into the area. Within five minutes, the storm was gone, and the pilot told us we could resume our course. I was so excited to watch the team build up their faith on the strength of a testimony and believe for another storm-calming miracle.