Giselle, one of the Massah team leaders, tells about the team’s first few days in India:

Our journey to India from Israel was wonderfully uneventful. We were sad to leave Israel amid such heavy circumstances, but also fully ready to embrace India.

The first day we arrived in Delhi and planned to go to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. We met an Israeli couple in our guest house and realized we’d been on the same flight from Tel Aviv. They are on their honeymoon! We invited them to Agra with us; we spent the day together and many of us got to speak with them about our faith.

The next day, after prayer, worship and a little exploring, the team headed off to the mountains of Manali. Our team is truly a wonderful, easygoing, committed and fun group of people to be with. We arrived in Manali, settled into our guest houses and met for breakfast at a local cafe which was a great hub for evangelism last year—and is still fantastic this year.

Melissa, David & I were able to meet with the owner of a coffeehouse where we typically have lots of interactions with Israelis. We prayed with him and arranged for two of our people to volunteer with him every day for the duration of our stay. We will also begin going to a Hindi orphanage where we’ve served in the past, bringing Israeli volunteers who want to join us.

We are making many, MANY connections. The team interacted with 140 Jewish people in our first few days, and many of those interactions were significant gospel conversations. Music is always a good way to connect with people, so we are planning jam nights as well hikes with people we have met.

For Shabbat we do kiddush (traditional prayers over bread and wine) on the street and then invite people back to the cafe to eat with us.

Keep praying for many, many fruitful conversations and that people would come to faith in our amazing Messiah!

On the street, inviting people to come celebrate Shabbat with us.