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Attempting to obey God and follow Jesus Christ our Lord

Village of Sorrow

By Pastor Kerry Mauldin
This mission has been so awesome in many ways, and had challenges in others!

We are healthy and blessed, but this area had political turmoil and all buses shut down and we struggled to find reliable transportation.  We got a taxi (5 plus 1) and 9 of us and all our luggage inside.  Has no shocks and so so slow to go hundreds of miles…  Opportunity to send email for prayer cover has been so challenged!!
However:
We went to remote area of villages near the quarries.
We pull up to Chinthalapeta (Sorrow Village) and are greeted by some villagers.
We follow these bare footed friendly people into a thicket of scrubby trees where they had cleared out an area and swept it clean and put a circle of plastic folding chairs.
It was like as a kid when we had a secret place to go make a fort…
This is where they met for service and the land is given for a church.
30 adults and children set crosslegged on the tarp as we share about Christ and taught.  They so much want a church as there is no church at all here.
These are hard working people.  One young woman started with 1 goat 7 years ago and now has 25 to go with a captivating smile that filled her face as it flowed out of a heart full of hunger for Jesus.
We gave matching amount and these people gave for the church!
Many were watching from around in front of their small houses and we went and shared.  One woman said “NO” she would not leave here gods and pray to Jesus, but by end of visit, she and all were waving with huge smiles as we left…
“Our parents named this SORROW VILLAGE”… but these people are choosing joy!
Lord help us that we choose JOY every day as the choice is ours!!
Today built 3 churches by Tyler TX First AG all in same region.
Jim, a Baptist from Alabama,  did baptisms and plunges right in to the water to get the job done!  Joshua, Youth pastor from Fairland OK AG makes friends so easy and is always right there….
Praveen and Veena Bunyan interpreting and a blessing!!
Great Team and so much to be done!!
Thanks so much for praying!!!
Melody, Kerry, Jim and Josh
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