This evening we will have to say goodbye to this beautiful place and move to Bangalore for the final leg of our journey. It has been a world-wind of a visit here. Every day has been filled with old friends and making new ones. Surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation has given us a time to rest and recover from the hecticness of the past month.
Our time with the widows has been wonderful. We have enrolled seven of the adult girls into tailoring school and keyboard classes. The training will enable these young women to get jobs and earn a living. Another group of widows are weaving purses for me to bring back to the states. My hope is to sell the purses for a suggested donation and use the proceeds to fund the CAM Widow Projects.
In addition to working with the widows, Sal has been busy with counseling pastors privately. Also, he had a pastors’ conference earlier in the week with about 140 men in attendance. Yesterday I traveled to Mysore for a women’s meeting, which also had about 140 women attending. Sunday Sal preached in a small church. There were about 30 people in the tiny sanctuary. But Sal had their complete attention. Every man, woman and child seem to hang on every word. We have spoken to large and small groups here in India. But the level of hunger to hear the Word of God is high no matter what the size of the gathering. Each meeting has been an honor and blessing to us.
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV
Today will be a day of farewells and some tears. God willing we will return to our jungle home next year. We will wrap this trip up in Bangalore with three more conferences before we return to the USA! Please remember us in your prayers.