Posted by: janpierce | November 17, 2009

Could I Do It?

There was word this morning from Orissa that the Hindu Extremists have called for another round of persecution against Christians in the month of December. Four of the women here will leave Saturday for their homes in Orissa, or for the place they now live since their homes were destroyed two years ago.  I wonder how they have the courage to face the dangers, the uncertainties and how they can go forward in ministry with the knowledge that they may be killed if they show their faith publicly. They endanger their families as well. Could I do it? I want to say yes, but honestly, I’m not sure.

Kumudini, who lost her aunt and uncle and her mother in the killings two years ago said that she will again be a target for the radicals because they know she identified the bodies of her family and fear that she may testify against them in court. This isn’t the kind of mild embarrassment I’ve experienced at home when someone makes a joke about Christians in the staff room or when someone ridicules believers in casual conversation–it’s the real deal. How would I react? If my life were on the line, or the lives of my family, could I do it? I can only pray for them and believe that God will take care of them. In Philippians Paul is talking about no fear of death. In fact, he says, he would rather die and be with Jesus which is much better. He saw Jesus face to face on the road to Damascus, maybe that is the key–seeing Jesus clearly. Will you pray with us here that God will intervene in Orissa and that the Christians there will stand in faith?

I had this post nearly finished earlier this afternoon and then the electricity went out. It goes out daily, sometimes numerous times. Now there is a big thunder storm going on which clears the air some and helps to cool the temperature, but doesn’t help the humidity. Roger is in Hyderabad and I’m not sure how he is getting back here. The roads are more dangerous when the roads are wet, so I’m praying him back in.

Today I taught the devotional hour and then sat in on the women’s classes. They are very interesting, but my tailbone isn’t used to sitting for three or four hours of lectures. Today an anthropologist spoke on Hinduism and some of the history of the people groups of India. I’m learning lots of things and also finding that the Christians here know their Bibles much better than we do, especially the Old Testament in which they find many links to Indian culture and history.

Again I’m going throught my usual trauma with seeing so much need and worthy projects all around me and then going home without being able to help very much. I think I am learning that I can pray and  though all the projects need money, they also need prayer. I don’t understand how God works through my prayers, but I know He does and at least I can do that. I can’t generate the cash that people need, but I can love them and pray for them

In just a few days I’ll be leaving the humid, hot weather, the bugs and lizards and frogs, the dark rooms filled with avid learners, the friendly smiles, the tea five times a day (and you’re in trouble if you skip it), the love and the dedication and the beautiful atmosphere of love here at TENT. I will miss these women so much.



  1. That these women are returning to do God’s work in the face of such grave danger is as good an example as any I’ve heard of what Jesus meant when He said in Matthew 19:26:
    “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
    God bless them. We prayed for them this morning at the men’s breakfast prayer meeting.

  2. Any news from Orissa?

    • We have heard from the young woman who is housing 30 children, half of them total orphans. We’re waiting for a report from TENT in January. Also we found the organization that supports three of the other women in Orissa. There is a U.S. program called Vision India and they oversee the work of many churches and orphanages in India. We’ve decided not to support people directly anymore. It’s too important to have someone on the ground who can visit and see with their own eyes what is happening. I do want to write some of the Orissa stories we were told while there and then we’ll see which of the fourteen women we may want to support in the future based on how much of their plan they have implemented.

    • About the political situation—there are new political leaders in place since the genocide of 18 months ago. People are hopeful that although there is still a strong movement against Christianity or any change from Hinduism, the govt. will be there to protect people more. I think there will still be isolated cases of violence against pastors and Christian leaders though. We’ll see.

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