Luggage Miracles

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Welcome to a collection of stories of our walk of faith in India.

It is hard to know where to begin telling the stories of the India journey. These two months of time in India are packed with special evidences of God's care. He blessed us everywhere we turned to show HIS love in India. I prayed every breath I took that I would bring only blessings and reflect HIS love.
As I packed for the India journey, I prepared for a whole year. I knew we were going to orphanages. Many dear people heard about the project visiting orphanages and box after box of  baby clothes and children size clothes came to our home. As I packed my old suitcases, they were so worn from 10 other mission trips abroad that they ripped as I packed. In despair I laid it out before God that I needed a new set of bags. He provided these nice ones with so many pockets and zippers. They were perfect for little shoes, shirts, and pants. We had 21 bags total. During the journey 4 of these ripped. 
The Lions Club sent almost 400 glasses and more glasses were gathered by friends. These were wrapped in clothing for padding and prayed over that there would be no breakage during rough throwing of bags on airplane carriers.
Teddy bears, cars, dollies, and pens and pencils were sent to me to pack for the orphans. Many were the love gifts we stowed away in these bags. Each bag was prayed over that it's contents would reach the intended destination. These were received in 5 orphanages with gratitude and thanksgiving to God for His demonstration of love to them. Children are so often the last to get something special especially if they do not have a mother or father and live in poverty. It was fun to carry God's surprises to them. Look at how these dear children knelt to thank God for bringing the bags of blessings to them. Neena is on the far left in the picture. She is a widow with a heart bubbling over with love as she runs this center for children. Her husband helped her begin this work but died in a tragic accident. She bravely carries on the work. She has masters training and could earn good money but has chosen to serve unselfishly. What a special lady!
We did not expect the joy that we saw as the kids received their toys. They insisted on giving back to us. This dear boy handed us a leather horse. I wanted them to keep it but realized how important it was to them to give me something to show their love too. How precious are the children in God's sight. Is it any wonder that He assigned extra angels to the baggage?
It was fun to give these dear children the gifts out of God's bags. It was more precious still to see them kneel and thank God for what God had done to get these bags to them. It really was a miracle when you realize the limits of bags are normally only two per person traveling and we were beyond the allowance. There was nothing lost or left behind. Every item sent reached destination and was received joyfully. God opened up our itinerary to visit 5 orphanages. We had only planned for 3 but God provided for 5 and all items were delivered.
Going through customs was God's miracle. I showed pictures of orphanages we were going to bless and the official closed up all the bags quickly and checked us on through rapidly. All luggage was waived in India for extra fees as God tapped each person on the shoulder and moved HIS LUGGAGE ON THROUGH. What fun to see God work for HIS dear children. It really strengthened the widow Neena to hear how God had her in mind when HE sent HIS luggage her way. All the struggles of loneliness and battles  against her work were ignored as she was comforted by God's demonstrations of love to her and her orphanage.
All of our team arrived in good form. My husband did not go. Only 2 mothers and these children. All the equipment for projecting computer graphics  made it in and out of the country. There are more stories about that in another section. All luggage was God's and HE arranged for it all to arrive as planned. We were just HIS VOLUNTEER PORTERS. We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the power of God may be more obvious.  "Ask, and it shall be given you." Mt. 7:7

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 
4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 
4:8 [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; 
4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 
4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Many precious people helped us prepare for the journey. I think of one very special lady, Enid Krowl, who encouraged me so much. She was not the only one who did, but she had a way of helping me have courage. Her sparkle and enthusiasm and interest in taking pictures of my children just helped me feel more valuable to God. She looked for ways to help such as mending my sanctuary robes and giving money for our needed supplies. Her shining light, like that of over one hundred others, encouraged me during the challenges I faced. Her grandma love and that of others was hugged to my heart during my trials.