• Carol Alexander

Oh, What a Year!

Grace staff and children

Lord I have chosen you alone as my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion. I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands. Your pleasant path leads me to pleasant places I’m overwhelmed by the privileges that come with following you. For you have given me the best! Psalm 16:5 (TPT)

This has been my life verse for several years now and I am always amazed when I read it in different versions how it again brings new meaning to my heart just when I need it.

The year 2018 has been an amazing year of changes and adventures. I assume most of you have been keeping up with my blogs. I am so blessed to have such a great team sharing in this ministry with me.

As you know I left the first part of January for India and stayed until the end of May. It was five months of adjusting to a new culture and way of life. It confirmed to me how much I love India and our ministry at Grace English School and that I was right where God wanted me to be. I loved being with the children and staff. We are blessed with a staff that loves their job and enjoy being with our children. I have loved watching the children’s learning skills grow from the beginning of school in Jan to Nov when I left for home again.

I came home the end of May and spent the summer traveling. I had the joy of watching my granddaughter Emma graduate from High School in June and also took a trip to Rhode Island where I got to spend time with my brother-in-law Bob and sister-in-law Elaine Alexander, my daughter Kristen and her two children, Emma and Joshua. I had the privilege of sharing about Grace English School, at Wickford Baptist church. It was such a great time and the people were wonderful and receptive to our school. My sister in law planned a wonderful concert for a fundraiser for the school this fall and sent a generous check to help support our school.

I was so excited to take my granddaughter Emma with me on my return to India in September. Emma and I left September 7th to return to India. This was Emma’s first trip to India, but I am quite sure it will not be her last. I am so proud of how quickly she adjusted to a completely different culture than her home in Texas. She enjoyed working with the children, teaching in the pre-school and also teaching music and dance to the older children. She also taught Sunday School every Sunday.

In October we attended the Nepali Youth Conference in Dimapur. I had the opportunity to speak at one of the sessions. I loved seeing several hundred teens and young adults with a heart to learn more about how to live as Christians in their world and to spend great times in worship. Nothing like watching them worship and dance before the Lord.

November found us winding down our time at the school, we celebrated Children’s day at school with a big program for the parents. It was fun to see all the kids perform all their songs and dances they had worked so hard on.

We made a point of visiting all our favorite places before heading home. One last trip to Nagaland Coffee shop to have a great Latte and say goodbye to our sweet hostess, our last favorite meals prepared by Senti and Sanu, and farewell party with the school staff and all the children. It was a bittersweet time with lots of tears and hugs. But at the same time happy to know we will be back one day soon.

We headed out November 15 for Kolkata and then on to Nepal for a week to visit my dear friends Pastor Raman

and Asha Tapa and their family. It is always an adventure when you plan travel in India. We arrived at the airport for our trip to Bagdogra only to find out our tickets were not been confirmed even though the email in my hand said they we quickly purchased new tickets at twice the cost and got on our plane to start our trip to Bagdogra. We were met at the plane by Silas Tapa and headed off to the India immigration office so we could leave India before going to Nepal. We cleared there and headed off to Nepal Immigration so we can get into Nepal. We were met my Pastor Raman, got our Nepal visa and headed home. We spent a wonderful busy week in Nepal. Friday and Saturday I spoke at a Women’s conference and Church service. I loved being with the women! We also loved the days we spent sightseeing around Nepal. one day was spent driving up into the Himalayans, Wow such amazing beauty in God’s creation. Emma just kept saying, can this be real, it is so beautiful!!! All to soon we had to say our goodbyes to the Tapa family and head back to Kolkata for our trip home. We arrived home Sunday morning Nov 25th.

It is always good to home again with our families. Both Emma and I adjusting back to life and the US.

Since being home I have spent time with family and Doctors. I discovered that my cancer has returned, this time with a large mass in my right breast. This means I will now have to start chemo to shrink the tumor and then eventually have a mastectomy once the tumor has been shrunk. It also means I will be delaying my return to India. I anticipate being home most of this year with treatment, but plan on returning to India as soon as the Dr give me the OK. My heart and ministry is still in India and I will be staying in close contact with everyone there during this time. I do covet your prayers for clear direction on treatment and healing. I know God is in control and I still feel he will send me back to India. As of now I am getting ready to renew my passport so that I am ready to travel when I am healthy enough to go. After all I still have several years left on my 10 year visa.

Pre school class with Emma and Carol

I am sure you are now wondering how this will affect my ministry in India? Well I will still be the liaison between the school and the LTH board here at home. Thank goodness for video chats, that we are already doing on a

regular basis, email and messaging. I will still be involved in all the finance at the school, working with them during our construction projects and coordinating any other school challenges. So I will continue to be busy with Grace English School, just doing it from home for the time being. During this past year we built have a strong bond of trust between the American board and the staff at school, we have seen our relationships grow and our vision expanded, as I interacted with the school staff. I had the joy and privilege of hearing them share their vision and heart for the school and children. Over the next few months we may be separated by an ocean, but our bond and goals will stay strong and we will relay God’s empowerment to fulfill His mission that he set before us.

I will continue to write my blogs each month to keep all of you up to date on my progress.

I have so much to be thankful for this Christmas season:

1. I had the great privilege of spending 9 months of last year in ministry in India

2. God has blessed me with strong family support and a great world wide prayer team.

3. I have a cancer Dr (who happens to be Indian) who I trust will provide me with great care.

4. I am so grateful for my prayer partners and those who support me financially.

Prayer Requests:

1. For Grace English School as we start a new year in January.

2. For my India family as they deal with the news of my cancer

3. For wisdom as I stay in contact and still try to minister to those at school from here at home.

4. For me and my family as we make decision about by treatment, as we start this new uncharted journey.

5. That I will not miss opportunities to show God’s love to those I come in contact with on this journey.

I know God is in Control and that one day soon, He will send me back to my beloved India. Healthy!!!!

I pray all of you have a Merry and Blessed Christmas and remember we can truly Celebrate this time of year because God sent HIS son into this world to save each of us. O COME LET US WORSHIP HIM!!! CHRIST THE LORD!!!

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