Many prayer requests have gone out and those prayers have been answered of course some not the way we have wanted them answered but we are not God.
Shall the potter be regarded as the clay,
that the thing made should say of its maker,
“He did not make me”;
or the thing formed say of him who formed it,
“He has no understanding”?
Although this isn’t exactly a praise we still thank God in the midst of sadness. The young lady who is 14 that we had been requesting prayer for her marriage not to happen, was married a few months back. Although we consider this a tragedy it is a very common practice here, especially in the villages, and we cannot come in with our Western ways and try to change their ancient customs. We personally have had no contact with her but have seen and spoken with other family members who report that she is happy and is working in the fields of her home village. We continue to pray for her and her new husband and their families and will ask for your prayers for this young couple as they are both so very young. I personally am in the hopes that she will return to Bangalore soon and may be able to get back to the center where we met her and begin some kind of job there. God, I believe, has big plans for this young woman and her new husband, even though he is not yet a believer. The other young woman that we had you praying for we have lost contact with but know that seeds have been planted and will continue to pray for a harvest in both her and her new husbands life.
FEET!!! SHOES!!!! Isn’t it amazing how God works? It was feet that originally broke my heart for India, it was feet that brought me back seeking a full time place here and now it is feet again!!!!! A report several weeks back mentioned that I had been seeing several children and even adults, but more often than not children, with foot problems. Most of the issues were small cuts here and there on the feet but we were also seeing cases of one child whose foot had been run over and multiple cases of holes being burrowed in heels. This as I have come to find out is a diagnosis of planters warts that has gone misdiagnosed, one case the wart has abscessed and become infected. Another problem is the fact that many parasites can enter the body through the feet. This started the wheels turning on getting shoes for the children. One of our college interns just happened to ask for prayer in finding a shoe guy here in Bangalore and low and behold he was sitting there next to her in our fellowship group. We also have a generous donor through our sending company step up to pay for the shoes. We are hoping to have shoes on these little feet by next Monday. Please continue to pray that they will wear the shoes as they are not accustom to shoes and that the shoes will not hurt their feet.
Another praise is little Pushpa who had the branding done to her arm. We have been able to watch her arm heal and although she has a bad scar there she has no pain and suffered from no serious infections during the healing process.
It is hard to believe but as of …July 4th….I am 2 months out from returning to the states!
This is a bitter sweet thought for me as I am excited to return to my family but the thought of leaving my home here makes me ever so sad. Living in India for the last 10 months I have developed many relationships with people, mainly the women and children that we minister to on a daily basis, and I worry about what will become of them when I leave. Not the relationship but the person themselves.
I am welcomed into their lives weekly as the children run out and shout “auntie, auntie”!
I am asked if I have had lunch and am invited to eat with them.
Although we have been pouring into them for many months, spiritually and physically, there are no definitive claims or signs of a salvation.
In a devotional that I read last week, God pretty much summed it up for me…
Psalm 37:8b Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
AKA…worrying. I am notorious for preaching it but no practicing it. “Don’t worry it’s a sin” “Don’t worry, God will take care of it”, but I can be one that will constantly worry about things. In the devotional it spoke that very truth. It is easy to say but very hard to practice. When we worry we are telling God that we don’t think he can handle the situation and therefore we are trying to figure out how we can handle it ourselves. Well I am going to try and practice what I preach. God brought me to build the relationships and plant the seeds, there will be other people to come and reap the harvest. I will be back sooner than later and until then I just have to trust in Him that He has this covered too.
Again…Thank you for your continued prayer and support along this journey…Every hug I receive, and every tear I wipe you are doing too because of your prayerful and loving support of me.