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This year has been ONE BIG adjustment.


Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1: 17

This verse is such a comfort during all that has gone and is continuing to go on in our world today. To know we have a Father who does not change just because some circumstances change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!!!!

I know it has been awhile since I sent out a newsletter, I wanted to get you caught up on what is happing with me and Grace English School, in Assam.

In August, my daughter Kristen and kids came for a visit from Texas. We have a privilege of being together when my granddaughter Emma got engaged. I am so happy I got to share in that special time with them.


September was spent pretty much in various Doctor’s offices. I am happy to say I received a great report from each of them. I am looking forward to being done with lab work and sitting in waiting rooms for a while. After being in India, I am grateful for my amazing Doctors and the care they gave to me.

In October, I was able to take a trip to Florida using my miles from all canceled flights trying to come from India. My best friend from childhood is renting a tiny house near the beach. She invited me to come down. I enjoyed 10 days of catching up with my friend Sandi, eating great food, and being on the beach each day. In the evening we went back to see the beautiful sunsets on the beach.


November has brought more changes. On November 12th, I had a hysterectomy. Nothing to worry about. It is NOT cancer related. I will get to rest for two weeks and be ready for Thanksgiving and the holidays.

Life at Grace English School has been busy since I left in July. We have finished up all our projects that we had planned for this year. We finished our new chapel, painted the whole school property, put in a water filtration system for the lunchroom and built two new bathrooms for our students.


The teachers came together for a teacher training day. It was a successful day of learning new teaching skills, how to better run a classroom and much more.

We have continued our form of distance learning for our students, which requires our staff to produce and distribute the schoolwork to take home. In a couple of weeks, after they complete their work the teachers go back to each home to give them their exam. We have just handed out a new set of lessons for this year and in December the teachers will return to give them their final exam for the year. We are praying that school can resume full time on campus in January.


The staff has also been terribly busy meeting the needs of the village. So far, we have had 8 food distributions for our school families and other villagers. It has been a blessing to be able to help our local families. Thanks to all of you who continue to give to this ministry. Our families are encouraged and grateful to the school for the much-needed help.


When I talk to our staff about things they would love to see at School, the same thing comes up every time. They would love to see a playground for the kids. Right now, the only things we have are some balls for them to play football, (our form of soccer) jump ropes and some hula hoops. A real playground with swings and things would be great! This may have to become our next big project.

People are always asking me, “Will you return India?” the answer is YES!!!!! I will return just as soon as they open the international borders and let me back in. I pray daily for that to happen soon.

PRAISE:

1. That things have continued to go well at school, and we have managed to continue to stay in touch during this time apart.

2. I am so thankful for the generous gifts of those who gave to help purchase a motorbike for one of teachers, Joshua. This will be a big help to him and his family.



3. For the ability to finish all projects we had planned for this year, in-spite of a pandemic.

4. For the opportunity to support our local people by offering them jobs around the school grounds and supplying food for our families. All of this is due to the generous gifts from all of you who support the school.

5. We are so very thankful for the prayers and continued support for the ministry and my personal support during this pandemic

PRAYER:

1. For the International borders to open early next year so I can return to India.

2. For the schools in India to all open so our children can return to the classrooms.

3. For our students as they prepare for their final exam for the year.

4. Several of our staff have been experiencing some health issues. Barka, has issues with her stomach and kidneys, Sanu and Raju with ongoing Kidney stones.

5. For my continued support during this home assignment time.


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Carol Alexander India 2018