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|Destination India: March 2008||Volume 2, Issue 1|
As always, it is a pleasure reporting news about Omie's Home and the happenings there. As you can imagine there is never a dull moment with 35 children to take care of.
In mid January Rev. Mani contacted me to report that several of the children were ill. They suspected small pox! I started to check with the CDC and WHO and learned that vaccinations were no longer mandatory since this disease is supposed to be "eradicated" in all the countries of the world. Well, I soon learned that it is still a reality in south India.
Twenty of our children became ill but thanks to the pouring out of prayers funds were raised and vaccinations were done for those who were not showing symptoms. As of the writing of this newsletter, all the children are well and back to normal. Thank God for his everlasting mercy over these dear children.
Needless to say, after having so many sick children for so many weeks, I would like to thank those who care for the children day in and day out. I know it must have been a difficult several weeks for them as well. God is so good in teaching us all how to love and live in his protection.
While there are 35 children currently at Omie's Home there are also other children who come to our attention for medical care and prayer. One little girl named Chinki, who is Mani and Rani's niece, was in need of open-heart surgery. The team found her so ill that she was unable to leave her cot. Despite this illness, she touched everyone's heart.
When she had surgery, Mummy Oma, who also went through open-heart surgery, sent her a little pink poodle stuffed animal for her to hug. As you can see she received it and thanks to many prayers is doing well.
On April 10th I received and urgent e-mail from Rani. Mani was in an accident and was in need of prayer. Those of you who have experienced driving, riding and walking on the busy streets of India know how dangerous they can be. Every inch of pavement is occupied by a car, bus, lorry, motorcycle, motorbike, pedestrian and the odd animal (cow, buffalo, pig, camel etc.).
While coming home from a meeting with local pastors, Mani, in his own words "kissed" the back of the car in from of him while traveling "too fast" behind it. Praise the Lord for his protection because the car behind him did not hit him. Mani was riding his motorcycle rather than driving in the "Hallelujah van." He was knocked unconscious and had injured his leg severely.
Friends came along and recognized him and his "bike" and immediately picked him up and took him to hospital. He remained unconscious for a day and recalled when he woke up the first thing he saw was his wife and child.
God indeed was merciful and Mani has recovered and is doing well. It reminded me how fragile we are and how amazing our God is. Psalm 23 reminds us that:
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want .He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The school year ended for the children on April 23rd and they all did very well on their exams. As you might remember it gets extremely hot during the month of May so all schools are closed. What a blessing the air coolers and the Honda generator have been in keeping them bearable for these hot months.
Through your gifts we have raised enough to pay for the tuition, uniforms, shoes and supplies for the coming school year that starts June 12th. We have also helped with Mani's medical expenses and have provided for the monthly needs of the home. As you can imagine the costs have skyrocketed for fuel, rice (in particular) and for all other needs.
Effective June 1st Omie's Home can no longer use the Vineland CMA as a conduit for contributions. This is due to IRS regulations and not any change in the policy of the church. I am extremely grateful to all those at Vineland CMA who have provided assistance in this way for the past three years. We are seeking solutions to this by investigating different options and will keep you informed. Prayerfully this will be resolved soon.
If you would like to become a sponsor or give a gift for Omie's Home please contact:
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"For from the rising of the sun, even to the setting, My name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure, for My name will be great among the nations," says the Lord of hosts.
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