Sunday, January 31, 2010
I was also annoyed for the last few days, I think going away from home does that to me. I was only gone for 1 1/2 days but little things get changed. Our wheat ran out and someone bought the wrong kind to replace it and it was old and yucky. E.'s school uniform shirt turned up missing and I still haven't found it... Little things like that throw off my balance, but other than that the trip was a blessing.
The only negative thing was the feast P. and I gave to the mosquitoes all Tuesday night, they kept us awake. Unpleasant. Getting home tired probably didn't improve my mood.
My talks did go well, I think. I had two sessions with women in the afternoon and then I was the special speaker at a church's 10th anniversary. In addition to speaking, I think I prayed individually for about 150 people. Not Kidding. My favorite prayer request was a lady who came forward with two small, grungy looking children and said (as her prayer request), "They bug me all the time." I said, tell me about it, I've got four!
All in all, a good time. I did get a call from the pastor's wife last night saying that her husband had been suffering for three days with chest pain due to high BP and to please pray. His name is Dennis.
There are elections in Rajasthan on Tuesday so O. went early to vote.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The first is from 2-5PM among the women in friends of ours' church. The 2nd meeting is a church opening and I don't know them. I just happened to be in the area due to the Women's Meeting and was utilized.
I'll be speaking on "Walking in the Light" for the women's gathering and on 2 Samuel 24:24 for the church opening. Pray for me if you remember.
O. will be home with the three girls. He relishes the chance to play Mr. Mom.*
*One day out of 366
Saturday, January 23, 2010
As they ate food (gobbled it up really) they were recounting the numerous ways God moved in miraculous ways. We just talked about the hundreds (I said no thousands) of people who prayed.
I cannot tell you how many responses I got from people saying that they - and their whole church - are praying. Praise the Lord. The amount of prayers prayed in regards to the situation this past week is uncountable and awe inspiring to me.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I prayed and called someone to have both our Karuna kids and Bible Students pray right now, and I prayed some more.
About fifteen minutes after the first phone call O. called back - the judged sentenced the men to jail time until at least January 26th. After that, we don't know, but it was a great miracle and answer to prayer. Talk about holding your breath!
Thanks to everyone who has been praying. Don't stop.
Hopefully, we'll get our husbands back home soon now...
* RSS = Hindu Nationalist Organization, totally anti-Christian
On Thursday night the police sent four security to escort some of the believers who were beaten back to their homes. One of the security men was supposed to stay there all night. This only happened through prayer. As God softened the heart of Pharaoh, he soften the heart of the police inspector, at last. Thanks for praying. After the past four days of hindrances on every side, this really was a great miracle.
The story gets better. After the security man was sent, O. and the guys with him returned to his home village in the evening. It's located about 3 Km from Tidi village where the attacks happened. As they pulled off the main road into the village they saw the security man sitting around with another man, drinking. He's supposed to be in Tidi protecting the villagers from more attacks and here he is three kilometers away, drunk.
O. got fired up, called the police inspector, threaten all kinds of stuff and got it all sorted it. But the end of it was that we caught the police corruption first hand and on film.
They are now much more willing to do what needs to be done.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
These photos have all been taken over the last 3 days.
Pastor Surjit (This is the father of the president of our ministry.)
His hand was cut while using it to stop the ax that was coming toward his head.
O.'s sister with a broken leg. They didn't get any medical treatment until over 24 hours after the incident happened.
* ignore the dates stamped on the photos, they're all wacky.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Here's what happened: about 15 believers: men, women and children, were gathered at the house of another believer for a prayer meeting. They had started to make rice and sang only a couple songs when some people came to stop the meeting. When they came and told them to stop, the pastor stopped everything and everyone was going to leave but the people then started to come at them with ax and heavy pieces of wood.
They beat everyone. The numbers of believers and beaters were about equal but the believers had several small children with them. Even they were beaten. The pastor, Surjit, was beaten the most and when he was on the ground they came at his head with the ax, but he stopped it with his hand. He has a bad cut on the palm of his hand and forearm from it.
O.'s sister, Laxmi, was beat several times on her legs and one leg was broken. Someone also came at her with an ax but at the last second someone pushed it away so that it only hit her leg slightly.
There were three young men among the believers; Ramesh, the Bible College graduate who was missing but later found, fought off as many men as he could and was able to rescue most of the children and get them out of there. He was later beaten badly, he was just one against fifteen. He was able to escape by jumping into some body of water and pushing three of them into it (they were drunk).
The two other young men who are very new believers were also there and were beaten. Laxmi told Martha she was worried that after this their faith would fail, but they have both said that Christ suffered so much more for them that this was nothing. Amen to that.
Once you get the story from the mouths of women you get a much clearer idea of what happened.
The other side continues to hold onto that the believers were drunk and had killed a cow. Lies, but it's what the police and everyone else is choosing to believe. That's the uphill battle that O. is fighting, trying to get the truth out and accepted as the truth.
The beaten believers are still in much pain; the pastor was taken back to the hospital today because the pain had become too severe.
There was an encouragement and unity meeting this morning and about 200 Christians came from the surrounding areas, which is great. O. and his team are back at the police station tonight trying to get an honest report on file. Keep on praying.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
O. says tomorrow they will put a case against the people from the side of his sister, hoping that will hold some more weight because she is a woman and also seriously injured. He asked for prayer for that and also for a good lawyer.
He also called all the pastors from the city and surrounding villages to come together in unity tomorrow. He's hoping for a turnout of at least 100 pastors. Please pray for them to come together and stand as one in Christ.
Continue to pray for Onkar, the team, and those who were injured. Thanks for visiting my blog, I've had more visitors today than I think in the last 6 months combined! Pray!
Last month he called me and told me he was getting married. Good news! But the road ahead of him is still very hard. Last night he called and said that 2 days earlier there had been a terrorist attack and a bomb had exploded right in front of him. Two people were killed before his eyes.
The terrorist attacks in the state of Assam have become so frequent that people do not even go out of their homes after 6PM. He asked for prayer and shared his struggles in sharing the Gospel and planting churches in such a violent environment. Please pray for him.
At this point the government hospital personal, the police, and the media have all sided with the Hindu persecutors. (bribes) The report in the newspaper today ready that the Christians ate meat or killed a cow or some such nonsense and that is why there was the incident on Sunday night. Lies.
I did hear that some of the people had been apprehended and put in jail, but I don't have many more details than that.
We're all praying here and waiting for the phone to ring.
O. did tell me he'd be going to the mayor of the city today and to pray for that meeting.
I'm feeling a little more active now.
Fourteen and a half months later and I am finally moving into the New Testament. It took me a while, but I enjoyed myself.
Monday, January 18, 2010
He also asked for prayer for himself that he would not get too angry over the situation and let his emotions control him but that he would allow the Lord to work through him. Please pray for him in this area.
O. and the team have not yet arrived but that's what we know right now from others who are there.
Ramesh. Our Bible College graduate who was missing last night and this morning but who has since been found. PTL!
I should have more details after O. and the others arrive tonight. Please keep praying.
O.’s sister was beaten on her arms and legs, her husband was beaten the most and was unconscious until 3AM. They had no vehicles, no 911, no cellphones. Everyone just ran away to hide until daylight.
By God’s grace no one was killed. Several believers were beaten very terribly. The owner of the house were the meeting was held was injured by a blow to the head with an ax. Another young man, Ramesh, who is a graduate of our Bible College (2009), was there and fought off the attackers with his hands as much as possible and as of this morning was still missing.
I spent most of the morning in tears and prayer and it wasn’t until about 2:30 this afternoon that I got the news that Ramesh had turned up. He was injured badly on his foot and after hiding out all night, returned to his village. Thank the Lord. He was on the way to the hospital.
First of all this morning, before going to the hospital the pastor and others went to the police station to report the incident. Those who are more seriously injured are now admitted in the hospital.
O.'s sister and husband who were attacked last night.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Our boy Bible Students performed their Award Winning Nativity skit a few more times over the Christmas season so I got to take some pictures.
Here are Mary and Joseph before the census guy. (notice donkey in red in the front.)Mary on the donkey. (She really rode him.)
Monday, January 04, 2010
I won't even waste this post on a throw-away picture post - No - I'll give you a real, live entry for Mr. One Thousand.
If this were not my One Thousandth Post I would have called it, "How I Spent My New Year's Eve."
I spent a large part of New Year's Eve 2009 in a hospital delivery room. I was somewhat deliriously happy not just over the new life about to enter the world but over the fact that I was NOT the one on the delivery table, for once.
Phoebe, who lived with me for four years and was married last year, went to the hospital in labor on December 30th (while I was in the movie theater with my kids watching, "Avatar.") She was sent home and was readmitted 24 hours later.
By New Year's Eve I was in the delivery room with her helping her push. Yes, I did every action, I felt like was giving birth myself (but no pain, thankfully.) She cried a lot and kept grabbing my head and saying "Mommy-sah, when will it be over????" (I can do a good imitation of her voice but that's irrelevant here.)
After about three hours on the bed, at 7:50PM Phoebe gave birth to a healthy, chubby little boy. Everyone was fine. I stayed for a while in the hospital and then headed home to eat and bathe (I was stinky, giving birth is a stinky business. - OK, assisting.) I caught about 45 minutes of our New Year's Eve service and then went home and went to bed.