Today we traveled to Gudalpete in Karnataka to attend church. Gudalpete is a rough, hour long drive from Quiet Corner through the drought ravaged game preserves with about 70 speed bumps. (Thank God for Zophran!) It was established about 35 years ago, and was the first Christian church in the area.
Sal preached a challenging message about serving the Lord. After the service many people requested prayer. A long line formed and Sal prayed for each one.
After church we stopped to buy corn stalks from a roadside vendor. They will be fed to the cows because there is no vegetation left for grazing due to the drought. Quiet Corner lost a four month old calf this week. Its mother died a few weeks ago. In a nearby field, there is a country cow lying down. She is too weak to stand and soon will die. I wish the authorities would put her down, but it is against the law to kill any animal. It is sad to see her lying there so helpless.
After returning from a long day in Gudalpete, we rested then took our usual late afternoon walk to the nearby village. We are greeted with warm smiles, hand waves and invitations to stop in for tea. Children run to greet us with questions like, “What is your name?” They are proud to show us how well they are learning to speak English. They are delighted when I answer, “En peru Elena. Avanga peru Sal.”
Tomorrow I will spend the day preparing for a women’s event on Tuesday, while Sal begins preparing his first message for our return to Lake Country Bible Church. I am looking forward to meeting with these women. Please pray that the message I share will encourage and strengthen them. I am challenged by the words of Paul in 1 Thessalonians and feel this way regarding the women:
Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God
but also our own lives,because you had become very dear to us. 1 Thess. 2:8