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Attempting to obey God and follow Jesus Christ our Lord

Oxcart to Victory

Rain, Rain and more Rain…
It has been definite monsoon time, early, but trying to not let us slow us.
Went to first village Jaganath Thanda and pastor was leading us in along canal bank–only way into village.  Came to place the bank washed out and a 3 wheeled auto fell into the torrent of water…  We will have to come in February!
All along the roads, low water places are covered and is quite an adventure…
Midtanpalli–Came to dedicate a good church given by Canyon DEl Oro AG in Tuscon, AZ.  One young woman “Rupika” stood to share with huge smile.  Since coming to Christ 9 months ago at age 22 life has been so blessed!!  She took us to homes!!
I asked her what Rupika meant?  “It is the name you only gave me 9 months ago when you baptized me!!”
We named her Rebecca!!  Ha!!  Translation…
We went to her house…  Rebecca married at age 13, her husband died when she was 16, and now 22 has found Christ and no more fear or sickness that plagued her.  Many had seen the difference in her and today, her mother, aunt and several others made firm commitments to follow Christ and pull the deities-gods out of their houses!!
Kotapahad “Kings house Destroyed” village–Mud and water everywhere.
They harnessed a team of oxen to oxcart and we all climbed on and walked 1/3 of mile thru muck and mire with all the Christians following in a long line to the place a nice church is being built.  Incredible memory as we watch those 10 year old oxen dip their horns to get under the yoke and such strength to pull…
As the Christians all got a brick to sit on, on the foundation of a beginning of a church under stormy clouds, we taught and prepared hearts.  Every person joyfully gave for the church 111,250 rs and we match to build!!
Oxcart man in his dirty, simple lungi, gave 40,000.  What an awesome memory with laughter and joyful people to build Gods house and 7-10 hindus were among the gathered that accepted Christ and also gave.  Whole village is less than 10 years old in Christ!!
Sublade Village–“Sharp Blade” village–All are 8 years or less in Christ and together we taught and challenged and they gave 175,000rs and we matched to build a strong first church in the village!  These are spirit filled people who know how to come into the presence of God!!
By Pastor Kerry Mauldin
On 21/2 hour drive back to our cots (55 miles) We had an exhibition.  We came to place where torrents of water were crossing the road and in dark, holes were washed and people were trying to stand in knee deep water and direct motorcycles across with their loads.
We set in jeep watching and learning.  No one got hurt, but watching made you  want to laugh, but was not funny…Lord help us….
We made it back and it has poured all night!  I think of so many multitudes we see everyday who live under little plastic tarps over thatch with dirt floor.  Several sleep in the church beside us when they as travelers are stranded…
So thankful for your prayers and standing with us!!
Melody, Jim, Joshua and Kerry
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