No Grass Grows Under Their Feet!
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador. Ephesians 6:19-20a
We have all heard the expression “no grass grew under his feet.” It means to not waste time or to not delay doing something. You do something immediately! Well that is something I have learned about our team at Grace English School. They are always striving, thinking, and seeking ways to make our school the best it can be. I am so proud to be a part of this work!
I can’t believe I have been in Khat Khati, Assam for over one month now. It is amazing how time flies when you are having fun!! This has been an interesting and fun month of adjustments to a new way of life.
GRACE ENGLISH SCHOOL UPDATE:
School opened and it was great to see all the children come and be excited to see each other again. My heart was bursting with joy to see all the children and parents walking down the dirt roads heading to our school. It was such a thrilling moment to see the first day of school for the first time in person.
Our new kitchen/lunchroom was painted and ready for the first day of school. We have a very happy cook who has a nice place to cook all the meals. I know it looks very different from our kitchens but it is exactly what she asked for. She still cooks in using open fire and prepares food the old fashion way. It works great for them and the food is delicious. For many children this may be the healthiest meal they receive all day.
This past week was Sports Week at school. I was amazed at how the simplest games bring such joy to the kids. You don’t have to have fancy equipment to have a good time. At times I was not sure who was having more fun, the teachers or the students.
As I mentioned in my last blog, we had some school projects that needed to be completed in order to get our registration. Good news the projects have started and some are close to completion. The wires have been run for the electricity. AS OF TODAY, WE HAVE LIGHTS AND CEILING FANS THAT WORK!! Praise You Jesus!!! What a blessing this is! After ten years of holding school with no electricity, which meant no lights or fans, this is deeply impacting daily operations of our school and making life much for comfortable for our staff and students.
Our well was fixed and a new pump put in. We now have clean running water. I don’t have to explain how life altering clean water is for the day in day out operations of the school! We are so grateful!
The storage room and office are in progress and we hope to have them finished soon which is a necessary element required towards achieving our school registration.
WHAT I CONTINUE TO LEARN:
One of the many things I have learned in India, is life is much simpler here. We are not bombarded with TV, since we don't have one. Our biggest concern some days is do we have electricity or not? If not, no worries, it will come back soon. Lesson learned; always keep your computer and phones charged. You never know when electricity will go down, as it did just now.
I have learned people are not afraid to come and ask for prayer. Yesterday Robi’s son came by on his way to school to ask me to pray for him since he was on his way to take his 10th grade exam. This test determines if he can continue with his education or not. I love that he felt comfortable to come and ask. I hurt my hand the other day and Lahki came over just to pray for my hand. I love that this group of friends and new family care so much for each other. My hand is fine now thanks to these caring and loving people.
I am slowing learning a little bit of language, not easy since Hindi, Assamese, and Nepali are all spoken by the people I am in contact with everyday. So for now I am concentrating on Hindi, since that is the trade language of India, but Sanu and Senti are trying to also teach me Nepali. So here goes some Hindi, “namaste mera naam karol alekjendar hai.” Got that! Hello my name is Carol Alexander! Lahki, who lives across from us and is also a teacher at the school, and I have been trying to build a friendship. She speaks some English, but Assamese is her language. It has been fun to get together and laugh as we try to figure out what each of us is saying, even with language barriers we are both enjoying our time together.
I have had the joy of sharing the message each Sunday at church. We are a small group, but again a group that loves and cares for each other like a church family should. I bought some communion trays and gave them to the church. After sharing with the church the importance of the Lord’s Supper, we celebrated communion together as a church for the very first time. I have to tell you, it was an emotional moment for me. What a blessing for all!
Sunday the 18th was my birthday, it started first thing in
the morning with the children, coming into my room with handmade cards and a gift. A short time later Robi and Lahki came over to wish me a happy birthday with a beautiful purple scarf. After church everyone came by the house for birthday cake and more fun. It was a great day for sure.
WHAT IS COMING UP?:
March 14th Sanu (who I live with) and I will drive to Nepal for a few days to visit with a long time friend and Pastor, Pastor Raman and his wife Asha. Our family has supported his ministry for years they are an amazing couple spreading the Gospel message of hope to the people of Nepal. I am excited to see what God is doing in Nepal. I will be speaking at the church service while there.
Next week Sanu and the chief Education Officer from this area will go to Darfur to the head office of Education. Please pray that our registration will be granted at that time.
That the money exchange rate would go up higher so our Rupees will go further allowing larger impact.
That I will stay alert to the opportunities God puts in my path to reach out to the community around me.
That God’s love and mercy continues to reach our staff and students to impact their families and community.
That I hear and am able to communicate the messages God wants me to share each week at our local church and in Nepal in March.
I have adjusted to life here in India and enjoy my new surroundings very much.
I am enjoying the food, and learning that it is OK to eat rice three times a day.
I have a comfortable home to stay in and family that takes extremely good care of me.
If you would like to contribute to our projects mentioned above we would be very grateful for your support! No gift is to0 small! Your donations go far in India!
To join in support of this meaningful ministry and give to our many school needs you can send a check made out to:
First Baptist Church
267 N Mills Ave, Lodi, CA 95242
Memo: LEARNING TO HOPE (include this account number) #20-807aa
Designate in the drop down box:
Learning to Hope (c) 20-807aa