If you read this while the 48 hours are ticking down - do spare a prayer for us - if you read it afterwards - do say a prayer for thanks!
Worth the wait? We hope and pray!
"When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions." (W. Shakespear Hamlet Act IV scene V)We asked Hari's mother to call Vicky, the church member who has been going out of his way to help Hari and his mother - and taking them to church as well as well. Turns out that Vicky is himself admitted at a hospital for dysentry.
Where are you today Tintin? Professor Calculus (see below) has been looking around for help, but doesn't seem to find it. All of last month we have seen a vicious civil war as the CPM local goons have battered slashed and burned their way back to power in Nandigram... Today the army was called out in Kolkotta because rioting broke out after a group of Muslims were protesting against Tasleema Nasreen... Recently a group of men broke into a prayer hall and beat up the pastor - and their henchmen video-taped the whole event - hoping probably to scare others with it (you can see the link: here)
God is looking for people to stand in the gap. He can use anyone who is willing.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair. - 2 Corinthians 4:7,8
Stephan Prakash Eicher, one of the artists from Creative Conscience, has done a painting called "Finding a Foothold", drawing a contrast between the pigeons and the mass of young rag pickers who are a common sight in all towns.
The ongoing art workshop, "Disparity - Exploring Urban Growth and Urban Poverty", in New Delhi has brought together artists from India and abroad together to use their paintbrushes to raise awareness about rising inequality in urban India.
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At the same time we also realise how brittle and frail we all our. In stark contrast to the beauty of God and his amazing love for us - we see our own brokeness and short comings. There were a lot of hurting people there - and not everyone left made whole. The challenge for the local fellowship is to continue to heal our wounds and allow God to use each other to shape and mould us.Camps are often mountain top experiences. And that is what they should be. Who wants to spend time having a horrible time - though that is of course possible too...