WE ARE HOME AND IN ONE PIECE!!! NO FALLS OR BROKEN BONES. DID HAVE SOME RIDICULOUS DELAYS—INDIA CLOSING THE AIRPORT FOR AN HOUR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, AFTER WE WERE ON BOARD, AND PARIS BAGGAGE HANDLERS GOING ON STRIKE JUST AS WE WERE READY TO BOARD THE AIRCRAFT—OH WELL, WORLD TRAVEL COMES WITH IT’S CURSES.
But, look at those darling girls giving us good-by hugs. It is sooooo worth it.
Well, here you go guys, a chicken story. Dr. Suresh has been a VERY busy doctor for the last few months since Christmas. All of the “gift giving” of animals falls upon his shoulders. We are in no hurry to give all the animals away, just to be giving. The leading of the Holy Spirit is prime, as you will see in this story.
“Early in the morning I started out to buy a set of chickens. As I was driving my motorcycle I saw a bare footed person walking in a lot of pain. Stopping, I recognize him. He was from a tribal village known to me. I just gave him a lift and took him to his home. When we reached there he told me his story of how badly a big thorn damaged his one foot at the time of hunting in the jungle. I saw his wound was badly oozing.
Before I could work on his wound though, I asked him to take bath, as he was smelling worse than cow dung.
As he was taking bath I went and brought some first-aid things for him along with Tetanus vaccine. I cleaned up his wound and applied antibiotic cream on it. As we had tea, he really felt relief and shared his story with me. (By the way gang, all of these medications came out of Dr. Suresh’s personal salary.)
Annuk is a 60 year old having six children, 18 to 30. One younger son and grandson are living with he and his wife, but rest of sons are living separately as they are working for others. Daughters got married and thus they are living with their husbands’ families.
I noticed one thing, he is not making the traditional wines as others because he is old and has no one to help him, and therefore he still goes for hunting. His younger son is also not interested in winemaking business. I also observe that his grandson is eating something, which was a meager leftover.
Right then, I felt to gift him chickens so that this younger son must take interest in chicken business and prove that this can give their family good financial stability. Also, they can become a good example to their village doing other than winemaking—which is really not good.
Annuk and his family are very happy to receive this gift of chickens and this will defiantly change their lives. I instructed them about some medications for him and the chicken, too. I will go back and continue to build relationships with this village and this family.
My heart was praising Jesus as He provided His people to help me to be of assistance to these needy poor village people. You might not realize, but trust, this small help will really bring relief in their lives. Thank you very much and God bless you mightily for His glory.”
I will continue to write some more stories from India. I simply did not have time to write them all while we were there.