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One of my favorite pictures in scripture is Jesus on the shore of the sea of Galillee with the disciples coming back after going 2 by 2 into every village and sharing with the people in preparation for Jesus coming that way. As the disciples told all that happened in those villages: demons cast out, healings, peoples lives touched for His glory, Jesus REJOICED IN SPIRIT–I can see Him dancing for joy!!
Yesterday we went to 6 villages, gave 5 Prayer Sheds and churches, Dedicated a nice church given by Fern AG in Mountainburg, AR, gave several baptisms and was a full day!!
A joy is going to Sithya Thanda to house of Kishen, 19, the boy with polio that when he was 14, we met on the dark roadside along with many villagers. We were going to help him, but all said he could do nothing because he had a polio leg. We finally gave him a pair of goats. Now his goats have multiplied, he got his degree to teach school, he is local Sunday School teacher and he starts Bible School in 2 weeks. We went to his parents home–thatch small house, but right next door they are building nice brick house and when we come up, his Momma comes and grabs my legs as a sign of thanks…. Of course you grab her hands to get her to stand, but you can see their heart of thanks!!! In the tank in front of the house others take baptism!!
When God works, it is a joy to look back and see how Gods blessing so flows and so many lives changed!!
At Tunga Thurthi we dedicate well from Dubai City Church and dedicate a prayer shed beside it.
Many miracles since 2 years since we first came to thius village:
One couple had come for prayer after 10 years of marriage and no children. They have a beautiful baby boy in thier arms, 1 year old!!
A 35 year old man had a brain tumor and in 2002 had brain surgery. 10 years later, he is alive and sits on front row playing cymbals to add to beat of the drums in Prayer Shed worship. He is blind since, and has cotton on his forehead as he still has puss from the surgery wound on his head these 10 years later. We pray for him…
The most joy for me in villages is to go in the night to the last village… Often it is tempting to miss this village as we are tired, long drive and worn out…
But we came to Nagaram and sit on a packed front porch with 40 people… they have worked all day in the cotton fields and it is a little after 7, they are tired, but bright eyed and excitement. You sit and look in those huge brown eyes of incredibly hospitable people who have eached worked to filla 25kg bag with cotton bowls -for a days work. The cotton cuts the skin so all wear long sleeve shirts and toil for 100 rupee.
Men and women make up 10 member teams that the land owners pick for their fields…
We begin to share and these are such hungry hearts!! The first believer came to Christ 2 years ago and now about 40 and have church walls up and need a roof.
Do the teaching on salvation and ask how many want to be blessed. OIf course every hand shoots up as they want to follow Christ in every detail. I ask if I can ask one really hard question first? They say yes!!
Are there any thieves here? I ask. There is smiles and eyes glancing one to another…”No sir, we are not thieves.” After reading Malachi 3:8, they began to say, “No sir, We did not know that we were thieves we will all begin to give.”
We sat at length in that heart to heart time with them sharing about work. I shared about Ruth and Naomi and how Ruth went to the field to work and how land owner would leave Handfuls of grain on purpose to bless the widows…
“No sir, land owners let us leave nothing”. They share what it is like to work with some land owners, kind, giving water etc… how some land owners areso tough,
how after working all day in the fields, they face the 2 km walk home…
When hearts are open and you see the challenges and life of work and struggle, but share how we can have victory!! I am so so so thankful for Gods hand of blessing to sit with such people who I know one day will spend eternity with!!
These people gave 10,200 rs and we matched 20,400rs to build a beautiful little church as the first church in this village with incredible hearts!!
Thank you so so much for praying and notes of encouragement!! We have few more days in villages…
With so much thanks and appreciation,
Kerry, Melody and Debbie Dewan,
Today we got back to “home” of village Ishkababvagudem at 630 pm. So unusual and nice. Gets dark before 6.
This morning, we were headed 60 km to the first village about 830 AM and we passed a large group of people on highway. They surrounded a lady who was on her hands and knees crawling 200 kn (120) miles to the temple of her god. These people would lay mats out in front of her and she crawled to show her committment and devotion to her god and to get an answer to her prayer.
We were gone till 530 pm when we passed back thru that section of country and that lady was still crawling the milees. Women were ariund her, agony on her face and they were wiping and prodding her on. I snapped a picture from jeep widow as we passed 10 feet from her. They all started yelling and whistling. That grim dertermination for their “god” is incredible to me!! These gods can not hear or answer prayers, –trees, rocks, rivers, animals, but they are worshipped in grim determination…
I will share only the last church.
We came to Sri Nagar Colony and pulled up to a 35′ long thatch jute shed built 12 years ago. Since then,nicer houses have come up as the 120 or so church members have been blessed as they serve the Lord!!
Next door is a new church under construction, 25x 5o and good big church. It is so needed as the people could not all get in the jute house.
The pastor Jacob that startede the church, died Oct 2010 when kidneysv failed. Now pastor Ravi has taken.
We shared salvation bracelets, but these are all believers who know the Word and are well versed in the Word!
Then I asked how much they love Christ? Yes, with all our hearts!!
Do you want to take4 a test? “?” “ok”
How many thieves are here?” None, they said with wonderment at the question.”
I asked them to look at Malachi 3:8 and who robs God. Only 12 paid tithe so after teaching all saidv they want to pay tithe and break the curse and be blessed…
I then asked about the church next door. 300,000 rs needed for completing the roof. They already had given for walls but much work still…
We prepared our hearts and asked people to share what God put bin the heart. For 20 minutes we slowly got 46,000rs. Then prayed again. 2000more rs.
We prayed again and hurt and anger engulfed me. It wasn;t me, but God’s spirit rising in me and I began to weep. I wept deep and sobbed. It just broke my heart and I think it was the Holy Spirit in me, it came kind of like a message in tongues and it hit me…….
“For 12 years you have served God in this jute thatch house while you are blessed with nice houses. I do not want to come from USA and beg you to give to build your own church for God and have a nice house for him.
They began to give up to 70,000 and as they stood it was written down.
God was stretching me and finally I shared, “for every rs to 100,000 we will match it… Within 5 minutes people popped up all over and when finished 281,000 rs were had. People all began to clap loud and in rythmic unison, on and on… Shouting praise to God!!!
One last note… In first village Dadanacherla, we gathered in new Prayer Shed to dedicate. About 50 came and one Grandma in 50′s came who was muslim and woman of middle means. After we shared the Gospel and gave opportunity to accept, she was only one when I asked face to face, she said no to Gospel.
She started to leave and I called to her, interrupting the message and she stopped…I gave her the challenge to ask God to speak to her heart and if she felt peace that this was the way to the Eternal Life, to pray the prayer.
She thanked me with a wry smile and left.
20 minutes later she called across lot from her house to the Prayer Shed and beckoned a young woman who soon returned carrying a heaping pot of rice pudding as a thank you to us…
Do I we have that determination for Christ to go the extra and be willing to fulfill His plan in our life, even if we are supposed to crawl 120 miles on our knees?
Lord, I must stir that determined zeal for You!!
Team help has arrived from Dubai…
With love, thanks and prayers,
Kerry and Melody
Subject: Only by Gods Grace…by Kerry Mauldin
We stopped at a church in Miryalagudem first thing in early morning. A man Venkanna, 33 and his wife, daughter 10 and son 12 were waiting. I so vividly remember 7 years ago in the first prayer shed by a swamp as this young woman was in the dirt of that prayer shed and she was so broken with tears crying for God to bring Venkanna , then 26, back. He was introduced to some men and had financial challenges so he began to go with them…
These men would dress like women with saree and make-up and would go thru the city and create havoc banging drums, noise and beg and demand money. In Nandyal similar people came where we stay and we would go inside and lock the door. These are tough people…
Venkanna lived 7 years with these men who were homosexual and would even “marry”, according to Venkanna. “We faced so many problems and never had peace or joy. We all knew what we were doing was very wrong, but we were stubborn and would not listen. Some went to church, but would not listen and were determined for this life…” “Some would join us because wanted money and that life…”
Venkatt got a knot (tumor) in his stomach and needed surgery. 3 months ago, he called his wife from another city and she took him back. She went deep in debt to do the 150000 surgery, but it was done. Now Venkatt is home, with HIV and no relationship is possible in natural with his wife, But she stood with him.
He looked me in the eye and shared his heart of regretting his choice and death it has brought, but his determination to serve the Lord now!!
They have nothing and deeply in debt. He has only one skill, laundry… So we gave 3000rs as he requested equipment to iron laundry–a talent.
Lord, to have the grace, mercy and compassion that Venkannas wife had as she cried out and did not give up for 7 years…
At Paradula the POWER of God came down!!! This is dedication of a beautiful church all painted and nice, given in part by DeQueen AG in ARK.
When we came here last Feb. all the believers were at the church location laying cement blocks. Melody , I and Jeff gallant all carried some blocks and there was joy! We sat in the village with many people around and shared Christ. The church is growing and good strong church is in the village now!!
Pastor is Spirit filled pentecostal, but this little hut church was first planted by a church 11 years ago “Faith Baptist Church“. Now 11 years and had grown out of hut and we came to village and helped construct.
As we set in congregation of 40 or sobaptised believers, 20 more not yet baptised… None had baptism of Holy Spirit. Annointing came strong and I shared and prepared the hearts. These are all givers, good, hard working people, but they wanted more of God. After sharing and they asking God to fill them, they all were on knees with arms lifted and asking and waiting, God began to move!!! One womana with tears streaming began to let out an almost bone chilling shout that startled me, but immediately I knew it was God!! These Baptists could shout!!! One by one they were touched or out under the power of God!! Some testified they got a new langusge they did not understand…
I know this church given in part by DeQueen AG will prosper much!!! We gave a well here given by Mountain Home AG, as it is 2km to closest water. All these ladies were excited to not carry water. Some also had glasses still that we gave in Feb. and all remembered the salvation bracelet message!!!
We stopped for 1 baptism at a stream by the road near, Tirumalangira. As we made our way to the water, a police jeep stopped and commander got out and began to question, “Why are you here? What are you doing? He was hindu and and thoughts flashing thru my heart.
“We came here to pray”, one said! “Is this a temple?” the police asked? “No, we just are praying here.”
Then the uniformed officer man stood beside me and put arm on my shoulder around me and crutches and his deputy stepped up with camera to take our picture.
“If you need any help in my area, call.” “Carry on” he said!!
It was a relief, as i was not sure what to expect. Some problems can come for baptising, but only GODS GRACE……
Longer drive today, but much anticipation day by day! God is giving strength and 2 more join us this evening from Dubai…
I have been concerned my leg is still so weak. Sitting in car, every village we pass thru (so many) I am pressing hard 25 times 3 different ways on that knee to try and exercise that muscle of the knee-leg and get to walk freely again!1 Only by Gods grace!!
Thank you so much for prayingand standing with us to encourage!!
Kerry and Melody
If you can see these 12 village men, short with white lungi’s wrapped around the waist and turban on the head with a large wooden goad balanced on the head, marching behind a huge pair of hump backed oxen with a large wooden yoke joining them…
12 teams–yoke of these oxen came and lined up in the field that Lingiah has now inhereited from his grandfather. It is 5 acres and has a gushing spring of water… beautiful.
These men were such a blessing to make a memory. They got special things for Melody and I to wear as we took the plow-till handle on the last yoke of oxen! It would be a huge challenge to manage these animals, but these guys could hee and haw and get them to line up!
We were recreating a scene from the Word! What a memory!! The men of Puchakylagudem blessed us!!
At Mukundupauram–we set under a big tree in front of huts of plastic and thatch that these people have lived in 20 years! They weave mats out of straw. their fingers literally f;ly as they take the foot long grass and weave and add peices into the mat to make a large mat of 8×10 feet.
These set to hear the GOspel where Pastor Lukas has come 4 years and needs a prayer shed. These we taught to give for the church and after waiting on the Lord, told them for every rupee, we would match 3. We raised the money to build and after 2 took baptism and we stepped into some simple huts to pray blessing, we all stood in front of place prayer shed is going up!! Excited people!! The joy is when people find the way to Eternal Life!!
Tipparam Village is where 43 AG drilled a well and we go to dedicate a beautifully strong church where about 100 adults now meet on Sunday. Also about that many children. Berryville Christian Fellowship gave for the church –we used theirr offerings from the years…
So many are being reached in this group: sick, idolaters, possessed… One man Bicksham–”Beggar”, came up with HIV. He accepted Christ standing in front of plaque of newly dedicated church! He is so thin and so weak. Prayed for him and know he also has Eternal Life!!!!
Church has more stones to go up, plaster, paint and floor, but it great place to meet and all are so happy! Gave a wonderful, simple lunch in home of widow who was hindu, but one month now has come to Christ and 3 children!!
Last village to share is Kalvapalli. This is Banjara-Gypsy people that we baptised about 18 in canal 2 years ago and helped with a prayer shed. We came back this time to dedicate a well given by Cottom family!
At least 35 adults are coming to this church and about that many youth. The church is almost full.
The reason, is so many lives are being changed. A woman stood and shared she had been 6 months in hospital at death… Nothing Dr could do and sent home to die.
These Banjara’s began to fast and pray in this simple concrete block church on edge of rice fields. They are learning the power of God!!! After 7 days fasting and prayer, this woman and all testify that 32 demons came out and she is there now with a huge smile and such peace one week later!!! Took baptism!!
A 17 year old girl named Pavathi, hindu goddess name, stepped up. She is a student, but has terrible dreams and evil spirit. She has been raised muslim and her parents are just now come to Christ and Mom has taken baptism and father is preparing!!!
\We had her pray the prayer of salvation and then with as much strength as she could muster, commanded the evil spirit to leave. The spirit would try to choke her to keep here from speaking… She began to flail her arms and was trown down and the demon began to shout out of her, “I am muslim, you can not make me leave her, I am too powerful…” Over and over it kept speaking this.
Then the spirit of her uncle (faters brother) began to speak thru her. This uncle had learned black magic and spoken curses on her as this family has come to Christ. TYhe black magic was put on all her bangles, nose ring etc.
We clapped, sang and shouted to the Lord and that demon tore her! “I won’y come out” it screamed”
Her father came as Spiritual head of the home over his daughter, 17. We had him lay hands and annoint with oil and command the demon to leave as the family no longer served and other god, but Jesus!!
The girl came at the end and her name was changed to Blessing and as she knelt in her right mind, we sealed her under the blood and blessing iof the Lord!!
Much work to do in this village, but when people are being set free and God is working, people come and many many are coming. Many new last night as we worship and pray and see God work–some electricity, but much in darkness of no light. BUT THE LGHT IS COMING!!!
Lord help us in discernment and especvially at home we need tiscernment as so many are in deception!!
With so much love, thanks and prayers!!
Kerry and Melody