It seems trite but true: Time flies, and here it is May 2017. We remember hearing a pastor say once that time is like a roll of toilet paper – the closer we get to the end, the faster it goes around! It has been two and a half years since John’s stroke. We have one of those cloth grocery bags in which we keep the thousands of get well cards that you sent. On occasion, we pull out a couple of handfuls and read them. What a thrill to remember so many who have prayed. John continues to slowly improve. His voice is returning and he is fairly mobile, although he still needs a cane to walk.
We’ve spent time reflecting on God’s many answers to our prayers. Both of us have recently written up our early childhood years and remembered the spiritual gift of our Christian parents. Although our parents have been home in Heaven for many years now, we still, on Mother’s Day and other days, thank God for His gracious gift for moms that loved the Lord.
Family ties in India are very important and strong. We have never heard of a Mother’s Day celebration in India, but the heart of the culture is to honor family. About twenty years ago, we set up a literacy program in a village of about 5,000 people. The mothers flourished, learning how to read, garden, and sew, in addition to learning how to count and get the right change at the market. When we started literacy classes in the area, only fifty kids went to school. Four years later, as moms learned how to read and write, they insisted that the children go to school, and 500 children were enrolled. One of the moms was elected village chief and got the roads paved, electricity for the village, and a lot of other good things (including outhouses). A thriving church was planted there, too.
We rejoice that many children in India now have a believing mom! Praise God for the believing moms we know who are such blessings to their families—and ask Him to give each of them His joy and peace.
Until all the moms of India are transformed,
John and Atts