From Steve Benna of Cross Fork, PA, After His March Trip to India with His Friend, Benn Batterson
First I would like to thank all of you for your prayers while we were in India. It truly is the prayers of the saints that help to fortify us and put a hedge about us. Most of the time events like this in our lives go unnoticed or we are unaware of them, but sometimes they are so “in your face” that you have to say God could have orchestrated this. We had one such moment that left the natives speechless, and left Benn and I shaking our heads at God’s precious favor towards us.
While we were in India, the country was getting set for parliamentary elections. The candidates were traveling from city to city, town to town, and village to village drumming up support. But, due to corruption and bribes, there were military check points throughout the country. They were stopping vehicles and drilling people with all kinds of questions, and they were tearing their vehicles apart looking for cash or gold used to bribe a government official. Earlier that week a car was seized for carrying some crazy amount of pounds in gold bullion. Seeing how one ounce of gold is worth approximately $1,400, they had millions of dollars.
One day we decided to travel north into the mountain region. Unbeknown to us, the traveling political campaign was going in the same direction. They were planning to spend some time there speaking. Obviously the military presence was strong, and a car search and questioning was inevitable. As we continued north, sure enough a military official singled out our vehicle and waved us to the side of the road. I do not have the words to describe how it feels as fully armed military personnel are approaching your vehicle telling you to get out, or at least this is what you think they are saying since you do not understand the language. Then the driver started talking. You’re not sure how things are going, but by the look on the driver’s face and by his body language, one can only guess it’s not well. That is, until the driver turns around gets back into the car and starts to drive away, and in his native tongue in a loud voice continues to say “… thank you Jesus…” “…gracious Jesus…” “…thank you Jesus…”. I believe God allowed us to experience this moment in order to comfort us. He wanted us to hear His still soft voice saying “…I’m here, I am your protector, nothing happens unless I allow it”. God is sooooo good, AMEN!