20 and 21,2003
Pentecostal Church service surprise
Jenny and I were watching
all the unique things being done for Sunday services. There was a spot
under the pulpit that many were bringing food gifts to and setting them
there neatly packaged. I asked what it was and learned it was
"tithe" food. The people coming in the door would climb over all
the others sitting cross legged on the mat and go up front with a package
of bananas or rice or something. It was their offering and tithe food.
Jenny told the story of
Esther for the children's class. They loved the pictures. She did a great
during all the singing and clapping, I was asked by the Pastor Fís wife
if I would speak. This sweet lady had such a beautiful singing voice. We
had her teach us a song in Telegu. She watched me every morning at the
feet of Jesus as she could see me from the window into the kitchen. They
had remarked that Kyle and Jenny were such kind godly children and had
Godís Spirit in them. They wanted us to share in their church.
Thankfully, I had gathered rich treasures during my early morning time
alone with God. After sending up a quick prayer for the Holy Spirit's
help, I was ready to share. Afterwards we were asked to sing the new song
we had learned in Telegu. Then others spoke and the service went on for
hours. Then Jenny and I sang in English. We sang Psalms 23.
little kids clustered about us and tickled our toes through the church
service. Their gentle touching of our feet for a half hour of the
church service made us think of how God says our feet are beautiful. They
donít look pretty to us. They get so dirty in sandals
as we walk on dusty streets and have to go bare foot in homes.
These little children chose to show their love giving us foot massages.
Their cute grins and giggles were a treasured memory. We did not leave
that place needing to shake the dust off our feet. In fact, it seemed we
left part of our hearts there.
We enjoyed a visit to
the "Potter's House" where they have a school for orphans and
poor children. They feed many people at their mission. This school
is expanding. They have quite an outreach program here. There is such a
need for training little children. They retain their studies and Bible
lessons and then take this light to others. If the Lord impresses you to
help in this ministry contact Dr. Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org
and she will help these love gifts reach the children's training center.
on the evening train for Tenali. Our host Pastor urged us to return on May
12 after his series of meetings he is doing. We have been doing street
meetings and were having encouraging results. Pastor and his wife want to
return to China for a month doing some Bible work. They tell me their
plane ticket cost is all they have to come up with for there are brothers
who will pay all the inside China expenses. I was amazed that their
tickets are $550 round trip.
The train trek lasted 4 hours. We were all much worn out as we arrived at
brother M.ís home. The few
medicine and equipment bags were a very stressful thing for us trying to
get it all off in time before the train moved on. Our
skin color makes us stared at and the nervous strain from that alone makes
it difficult to relax. People stand in your way and don't move unless you
speak in their language. If you touch and urge them aside they still don't
move out of the isle. We imagined a 3 minute stop without being all able
to get off. What if the train should take one of the children on to the
next stop? What would happen to them? How would they ever find their way
back? These thoughts troubled my mother heart. I knew I needed to trust
I wish I could say that I am always relaxed
and at perfect peace but I am constantly praying for this. The day after
we move to another place, we always feel so exhausted we just want to
sleep. God is our refuge and strength. He gives us strength daily. I was
hoping to get some translations on scripture music done during this little
3 day break we had but sickness complicated things.
take nice pictures and prepare the presentations during our rest days.
There is a sad case of muscular dystrophy in a little girl we saw at
church. I hope to send them recommendation updates through email.
There are always medical cases that require my attention between meetings.
I enjoy serving.