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God Is At Work!



The service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12

I am sitting here in India listening to rain fall for another day. Of course, this means that we also have on and off power and internet during this time. But at the same time so grateful that the Lord has spared our little village from the cyclone that hit Kolkata and the far northeast. We are all safe and I for one am thanking God that the rain has kept the heat down, even though we still have a lot of humidity.

We are just finishing up three months of lockdown and still not sure when we will be able to open up and move around.

I am so thankful we have managed to meet some needs in our community. We did our second delivery of food to our school families, plus about 20 very needy families in our village. My guess is we will need to do another one in a week or so if our families cannot get back to work and the markets do not open up for supplies. This has been one of the highlights of my trip to be able to share with our community.

The school also has been closed this entire time and we have been concerned about our students not getting their education. So, Raju our headmaster, decided the teachers each needed to put a lesson plan together to hand out to each student. Most of our families do not have internet so this meant printing up a class lesson for each grade. We then spent 6 hours one day delivering the lessons to each student’s home. Raju and Joshua spent time with each student explaining what they needed to do for the class. They will do their lesson and we will get them all collected again for the teachers to grade. Yes, it is a big project, but the education of our students is very important to us. It was an amazing time to see where each student lives. I was humbled when I realized just how far some of our children come each day for school. For some the walk is several miles each morning and afternoon.


I mentioned in my last newsletter that Raju was dealing with kidney stones, well, he is some better, but still dealing with them. Earlier this week one of the beds in his home caught on fire. It is a total loss, and unfortunately so was his guitar that was on the bed. He is grateful that no one was sleeping in the bed at the time and that his house, which is bamboo, did not catch fire as well. They were able to contain the fire to just the bed. He is sad to lose his guitar. We will miss it too, since sometimes he would play the guitar during the time the kids met for opening devotions at school. We are praying for God to supply a new one soon.

Our Property manager Sanu has also been dealing with kidney stones. He has had a hard time and been in a lot of pain. The Dr he went to see told him he needed to go to a specialist because the ultrasound showed an exceptionally large stone. Unfortunately, due to the lockdown he has not been able to get to a specialist. The closest one would be in Dimapur 30 min away, but we are not allowed to enter even for medical reasons. Life in India!!!!

They did open the domestic airports on May 25th. We heard that they are supposed to open the International airports June 1st. I am hoping to get some clear direction this week for what I need to do to make plans to return home. It will most likely include a virus test and a permit from the government to travel. I hope to be home by the middle to end of June.

I have very mixed feelings right now. I want desperately to come home and see family and friends and take care of Doctors appointment, and at the same time very sad to leave my India family, school staff and the school children.

PRAISES:

1. Thankful, we have been able to supply food to our school families and community, twice thanks to the generous support from so many of you.

2. Thankful, each of our children received their school lessons so they can stay up with their schoolwork.

3. Thankful, Sanu and Raju were able to rebuild our student’s registration form that we needed to be sent to Education Department. And replace some particularly important seals that are needed for our documents. Unfortunately, in the transition from old to new Headmasters nothing was returned to us.

4. Thankful that the Education Department is understanding of our difficult transition and is working with us in amazing ways.

5. Thankful, our village has not had one case of Covid-19.

6. Thankful, for all of those who pray for us every day and so generously support not only Grace English School, but my monthly support also. We could not do this ministry without each one of you.

PRAYER:

1. For the International Airports to finally open.

2. For me to have clear direction on when to leave and what I need to do to meet the requirements for travel.

3. For Sanu to discover a way to get the medical help that he desperately needs.

4. For the Lord to supply a new guitar for Raju and take care of his medical needs.

5. For the School staff, as we figure out what school is going to look like when we get back to classes held in our building again.

6. For Raju our Headmaster to have strength and wisdom as he figures out how to best meet the needs of the students.

7. For understanding among some of the village people about the changes we have had to make at the school.

8. For me when to determine the best way to travel home, for protection and strength for the trip.

9. For the financial needs of our school to continue to be met during this time.

10. For my personal monthly needs to continue to be met even as I think about spending some time in the US.


I thought it might be fun for you to see the differences between being under a Shelter in Home order and Lockdown Order in India during the Covid19 Pandemic.


LIFE IN U. S. DURING SHELTER IN HOME vs INDIA DURING LOCKDOWN:


GROCERY STORES CLOSE BY AND WITH ABUNDANCE OF CHOICES TO SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS vs NEAREST SMALL GROCERY STORE IS 30 MIN AWAY AND MAY OR

MAY NOT HAVE WHAT YOU NEED AT INFLATED PRICES


GET IN YOUR CAR WITH YOUR WHOLE FAMILY FOR A DRIVE vs ONLY ALLOWED ONE DRIVER AND TWO PASSENGERS FOR ESSENTIALS ONLY.


FLY IN A PLANE TO SEE FRIENDS AND FAMILY vs NO AIRPORTS IN ALL OF INDIA OPEN


TAKE A TRAIN RIDE vs NO TRAINS RUNNING IN ALL OF INDIA


TAKE A BUS SOMEPLACE vs NO BUS SERVICE


YOU GET ON THE INTERNET AND BUY A PLANE, TRAIN OR BUS TICKET vs WE GO ON THE INTERNET TO GET PERMISSION TO TRAVEL AND TO SEE IF THE STATE BORDERS ARE OPEN


ALL ROADS OPEN vs ROADS CLOSED IN AND OUT OF OUR VILLAGE OFTEN


RESTAURANTS AVAILABLE FOR TAKE OUT vs ALL RESTAURANTS CLOSED


HOSPITALS NEAR BY vs CLOSEST HOSPITAL IS DIMAPUR AND WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CROSS THE STATE BORDER INTO THE CITY OF DIMAPUR


GET YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS vs POLICE WOULD NOT LET ONE OF OUR TEACHERS INTO DIMAPUR TO PICK UP PRESCRIPTION FOR HIS WIFE.


POLICE WILL GIVE YOU A WARNING OR TICKET FOR GOING TO THE BEACH OR PROTESTING vs POLICE WILL BEAT YOU WITH A STICK IF YOU ARE ON THE ROAD OR SOMEPLACE THEY THINK YOU SHOULD NOT BE


EVERYONE RECEIVED A $1,200. STIMULUS CHECK vs SOME VERY POOR IN SOME STATES GOT 2000 RUPEES, BUT NOT EVERYONE. THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT COVER COST OF FOOD FOR MOST PEOPLE


HOPEFULLY, YOU HAVE A JOB OR AT LEAST UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK vs THE GOV CUT SALARIES ON THEIR EMPLOYEES BY 10% UNTIL DEC. MOST OUT OF WORK WITH NO SUPPLEMENTAL CHECKS


STORES OPEN AND AVAILABLE vs EVERYTHING EXCEPT PHARMACIES CLOSED


GET YOUR VEGGIES AND FRUIT FROM THE GROCERY STORE OR FRUIT STANDS

vs WE GET OUR FRUIT AND VEGGIES FROM THE STREET MARKETS AND RIGHT NOW THEY ARE CLOSED


BUY YOUR MEAT AT THE GROCERY STORE vs WE BUY FROM LOCAL FARMERS NEAR OUR VILLAGE, THEN CHICKEN BRING THE CHICKEN HOME, KILL IT, CLEAN AND COOK IT. OR, BUY ONE PIECE OF PORK AND BRING IT HOME AND CHOP INTO SMALL PIECES FOR ALL TO SHARE.


TURN YOUR STOVES ON AND HAVE IMMEDIATE POWER TO COOK vs GO OUT AND SEE IF YOU CAN FIND GAS FOR YOUR CYLINDER AND THEY MAY HAVE IT TODAY OR NOT


TURN YOUR POWER ON AS NEEDED vs NOT SURE IF WE WILL HAVE POWER TODAY OR EVEN TOMORROW


EASY ACCESS TO INTERNET vs MAYBE WE’LL HAVE INTERNET TODAY IF THE STORM LAST NIGHT WAS NOT TO BAD.

STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU WEAR A MASK vs 500 RUPEE FINE IF CAUGHT WITHOUT A MASK

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