Two years ago, while we were here, 2 of our teachers experienced the death of the husband of a close friend and we were all moved by the plight of the widow. Her husband lost consciousness and died of unknown causes at this job site in a hotel restaurant. His co-workers brought his body home, where his wife found a friend with a car and they took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead of unknown causes. The police were called and the widow was accused of murder, because she had delivered the body to the hospital. She left Mahab that day, to escape persecution and never returned, not even for her husband's funeral. The story is heart-wrenching but an example of the treatment of women, and especially the horrendous persecution of widows that goes every day in this culture. Surely, it breaks God's heart. We know it breaks ours.
We are constantly reminded that India is a very dark place with many evil spirits. These people need Jesus so desperately. While we are here, we are also constantly reminded that the most important work we do here is to pray. Hindu and Christian teachers here with us are praying side-by-side - with us and for us. We believe that if you are following our story, God has called you to participate as well, even if from half a world away. Last time, many of you took this prayer request to your prayer groups, forwarded the story in emails, and asked others to pray too. That day, we received the highest number of readers to this blog in a single day - 192, many of whom even Jim and I don't even know. Our teachers were moved to tears and prayer. It was a powerful example of the expansive and deep love of Jesus around the world. This, alone, causes many to want to "drink from this water", as well. Won't you please join us? Please feel free to copy this URL and/or story and post it on your Facebook pages, take to your prayer groups, or forward in emails. Please let us know, in the comments, below, as you hear of others praying for this village. The impact of this simple networking may make the different in the lives of these teachers and their friends in their acceptance of Jesus as the Great Healer and Comforter for all people - Christians, non-believers, Hindus, and more.
We are praying for all readers of this blog and asking God to bless your faithfulness.
Jim, Susan, and Charlie