India is incredible! That’s why we like it in here. You never know what will happen next. What is your dream marriage anniversary celebration? Some of our friends take long vacations, go to some beautiful places, or take their spouse in a limo to a great restaurant. You really want to have something special on that day. And we got it!
So here we go to a nearby coffee place to have something special and celebrate our 19 years together. Wait, why in the world, the cake we ordered smells like it was cooked with machine oil?! And my wife is extremely sensitive to smells! We keep trying to be positive, throw out the cake and simply enjoy our coffees. While we drink coffee, the rain starts and adds romantic charm to our “special dinner”. We drink coffee, hold each other’s hands and look at each other’s eyes. What a wonderful time together!
We go out of the cafe and discover that while we were drinking our coffee with a machine oil cake the “romantic rain” brought a national disaster! Yes, in Delhi rain is a national disaster. The metro stops, streets are flooded, no electricity, and phones are not working. Welcome to monsoon! Open sewages contaminate the water, and the streets are flooded with… well, you understand.
So we need to go home from our “romantic dinner”, but the only way to do it is by jumping over the stream of sewage waters that flooded the street. We went up and down the street, and discovered that there is no way out. The “romantic rain” flooded the streets and our cafe was cut off from the outside world. So here we jump with all our strength… And we land right in the middle of the muddy sewage stream. What a wonderful anniversary celebration! We will keep the memories of that day forever.
Monsoon is the perfect time to get sick. All people around us are sneezing and coughing. Malaria, dengue and other tropical diseases are very common during that time. That’s why on the streets of Delhi you can see special vehicles. They go through the city producing a lot of toxic smoke which kills mosquitoes. When people see this machine approaching, they try to run away, hold their breath and hide from the smoke.
Praise God we did good during this monsoon season. Just a couple of weeks of weakness, and small fever, and some unidentified red rushes. Otherwise we were fine. Our friend who visited us recently, was not that lucky. After reaching the States, she was immediately admitted to the hospital and treated for two weeks from dengue. She thought she was gonna see Jesus soon, but thank God she got healed.
Trying to save poor and uneducated people from dengue and malaria, they don’t allow selling of the paracetamol without prescription. Why? Because people from the slums can’t distinguish that they have not a simple fever, but a serious sickness. So they buy paracetamol but it doesn’t help and they die.
It’s already five months we have been here in India and we are so excited to see what the Lord is doing in our churches and children’s homes. The Gospel is preached, children are rescued from the human sex trafficking, new children’s homes and churches are built, just as the Bible encourages us: Go and make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28: 19) Please keep us in your prayers, and help us to continue change lives in India and worldwide. We pray for you and thank God for each one of you.