Glimpses from our week in India!
Quick links to the other parts this week:
We have praises and requests this week. Full and heavy hearts for the progress and need of those we love and serve together.
Shilpa and her baby
Full hearts: Shilpa is doing better! And so is her baby. Constant prayer, weekly care, and seeing some progress have been doing wonders for her, and having a whole village to help with her baby has been a lifesaver. We continue to pray for them both! And for the rest of her family, husband, son, and mother-in-law.
Heavy hearts: Sharadhamma had heavy bleeding, and we brought her to the hospital on Monday. The doctors performed a biopsy, and the results just came back today, confirming what they suspected—cancer. She’s in a lot of pain, and they recommended immediate radiation therapy. Please pray for wisdom and provision in this. The treatment recommended will require her to travel to the hospital every day for 5 weeks (about 2 hours round trip). It will be hard on her. She has two daughters who are also widows, who are grieving the situation and this tough decision. But they are ready to say yes as soon as the Lord gives the go-ahead. Please pray with us for Sharadhamma
This is Shilpa’s mother-in-law, praising God for how well her baby is thriving. Each Sunday, the kids hop up to repeat their memory verses, and the adults stand to share testimonies of God’s faithfulness throughout the week.
One of the most important parts of our outreaches is to show by example that we are made rich in every way so that we can be generous on every occasion. In Christ, we are meant to be a continually flowing river of all we receive from God—love, kindness, patience, blessings, etc. Our time, our attention, and our material blessings are meant to be passed on to others. We are never meant to be a reservoir—living water must keep moving. In one of my favorite passages, (Isa 58, where God tells us what He desires from us, and where He says hineni to us) God tells us to spend ourselves on behalf of the hungry. I think of that phrase often, am I spending myself on behalf of those in need? And no matter the level of need of those we serve, there is always someone else they can give to. Generosity begets generosity. In this passage the kids learned about this week, Paul tells us not to forget to do good and share. For the last couple of years, the Lord has had me on guard against distractions, and that has come up in several conversations this week as well, along with the parable of the sower. I think there’s a connection with these and verse 16, we want to do good and share, but the distractions of life are warring for our attention and focus. It’s easy to get caught up in them.
So this week, I’ve been praying for all of us, not just myself, to notice and avoid the distractions that steal our focus and move us from the call the Lord has for us.
And that’s our week in India! Thank you for praying, for your love and support of those we serve together.
See the other parts this week:
Thank you for your love, and your prayers for those we serve around the world! It’s absolutely amazing what happens when we come together and follow the Lord’s leading. I’m beyond grateful for you all!
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