Walk … to Adventure … to Prayer

An Encounter with a Needy Woman
at the Sikh Temple

by Dale Fisher

When I travel and have lots of meetings and training sessions throughout the week, I find that it's both refreshing and good exercise for me to go for a walk.

During my November TLM mission trip to Kenya, my director, Don Lovell, and I often went for walks late in the day after our sessions and meetings ended. On our first day's walk along the road in front of the Presbyterian Guest House where we stayed, we came to a huge mosque. A few days later, we walked in the opposite direction and I spotted two golden, spire-like domes above the many roofs. I knew that this wasn't simply another mosque, and wondered what this third major religious building in the neighborhood might be. I decided to turn our walk into an adventure.

Don and I diverted from our route and made our way toward what turned out to be a new Sikh temple in its final stages of construction (see photo below). Security guards ushered us into a kitchen and Dale adorns appropriate Sikh headcovering.eating area where six middle-aged women dressed in Indian dress were sitting on low wooden benches. We sat down next to them and spoke with one named "D." First we drank tea with her; then she took us on a guided tour of the almost-finished temple. We needed to be appropriately dressed so we each wore a colorful head scarf that was made available when the tour started. D explained to us every painting, room, and ceremony that we passed.

At the end of the tour, we asked what place Jesus had in her religion. Apparently, he has no place in Sikhism. Don then asked D how we could pray for her. Her countenance fell as she whispered that she was an epileptic and could not drive or run a business on account of her condition. We returned home from our adventure and prayed for her on the way.

Please join us in praying that she will be healed of her epilepsy and come to know Jesus in a personal way. Thank you.

After Dale completed his sermon, Pastor Emmanuel Game stood up and asked the congregation, 'What have you learned from this message?'

Don Lovell outside the entryway of the Sikh temple in Nairobi, Kenya

24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. — Matthew 4:24