....Monday 7th December
Today was a very
special day for me and the others I know for sure. As Anita
writes in her journal "that today brought us another
heart rending tear jerking morning". We were taken
to a place called Guntur.
I recalled a
As we approached
this place, it reminded me of a dream I had many months
ago that I never understood. In my dream I was approaching,
in a car, a block of flats. As we drew near I saw children,
poor children everywhere I looked. In my dream I was bidden
to stay with these people rather than go on to a tea party
in an elite area. I'm sure that the dream was prophetic
as it caused me to make a decision that I would choose to
minister to the poor rather than choose comfort.
This day I was
so pleased that I had made this decision. As we gathered
in the small concrete building that Brother Raju uses as
a schoolroom, I had never seen children with eyes so shiny.
These children and their parents who make their living by
going through the Western rubbish dump which is on their
doorstep, have to live in the most appalling area, full
of flies..... yet there eyes shone with the light of Christ
(which I've only ever seen once before in a Chinese man
who had gone through terrible persecution for the love of
Jesus). I do hope that the photos turn out well so I can
show you these children!!!
Gudrun had obviously
been touched by her visit in 2007 and told them that all
she could think about since that visit was about them and
how glad she was to be back with them. We all introduced
ourselves to them and there were many tears, especially
when Pastor Florence spoke as always her heart was brimming
with the love of God. But what really got to me was when
I started singing, the joy and glee on their faces and their
shiny eyes shone even more as they danced. I saw Jesus dancing
with them with the same glee and I just couldn't help but
cry. It was hard to sing for the first time I came to Tenali.
The children looked at me with some sadness and I didn't
want to mar their joy they were feeling so struggled to
get a few rupees a day
by sorting out what can be recycled on the rubbish dump.
They live near a block of flats that are unoccupied at the
moment. The government will allocate who will live there.
We ascertained it would be unlikely to be these poor of
the area as they didn't have enough money, but anything
is possible with God.!!! What we are looking at is getting
clean water to them. Apparently they are drinking only dirty
water at the moment. Normally to dig a well would cost about
£250 but because of the depth of the rock there it
will cost approximately £400. We are looking at this
project as one of the main priorities.
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