The Privilege

Nikki and I getting to meet with Angela (middle) a she prepares to leave for Japan.

Nikki and I getting to meet with Angela (middle) as she prepares to leave for Japan.

There is a lot going on here at Saving Grace World Missions.  We have the opportunity to see the hand of God work in many different ways.  A large part of what I do here at the SGWM office is manage our applicants and process the new missionaries.  This involves a lot of emails back forth, scheduling meetings, informing our Missions Board about everything, creating websites, organizing contacts etc.  There are many small moving parts to put together to make it all work, but man, it is so rewarding and exciting when we see someone, that has been working to raise support and get prepared for many months, buy those plane tickets and make that final step of transitioning to their new mission field.

What a joy and privilege it is to be here with these people, in such a crucial time of their lives, as they are leaving what they know to step forward in faith and serve God in the unknown. Often, when God is calling us to do something, there suddenly enters into our minds many deceitful voices that speak doubt or fear into that calling that God has put before us. I love that I get to work against those voices of fear and doubt by speaking the truth of God’s Word and encouraging believers to go and see what God will do. He will always, always be faithful.  As He has risked it all for us, so He is worth taking risks for!

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…” 2 Chronicles 16:9

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder or those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

Getting to share the Gospel at an outreach in Watts.

Getting to share the Gospel at an outreach in Watts.

India School of Ministry Prayer Update

The School of Ministry in India has started its 3rd year.  We have 5 students this year.  One of those students is a man named Dron.  Dron has been a co-laborer with Pratim in their home state of Chattisgargh.  He has been serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel for many years.  This past Spring, Dron’s life was suddenly turned around when his wife, who was pregnant with their 2nd child, unexpectedly passed away due to complications from her pregnancy and sadly the child was also lost.  Due to this tragedy, Pratim invited Dron and his 3 year old son, Anurag, to come and spend some time away at the SOM, where he can study and grow closer to the Lord and also have the encouragement and support of other believers as he is mourning this loss. Please be in prayer for Dron, that the Lord would comfort and speak to him during this time.

Working at the Calvary Chapel Senior Pastor's Conference. One of my favorite parts of this job!

Working at the Calvary Chapel Senior Pastor’s Conference. One of my favorite parts of this job!

Also, the Lord appears to be opening an incredible door to expand the Ministry in India.  There is an opportunity of being able to use 40 acres of land where if all works according to plan we would be able to build a Bible College and dorms as well as other venues of ministry to the public (i.e. school, hospital etc). Please be in prayer over this, our Pastors here at Saving Grace have just one to check out this property and are excited about the prospects.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your faithful prayers for myself and the ministry that God has put before me.

I would love to be in prayer for you! Please send me any prayer requests that you might have and I would be very glad to pray with you and for you.


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Learning to Trudge on Through Deep Waters

Thank you for your faithful prayers and love for me.  It has been too long since I have sent an update and I apologize for that.  To be honest, things have been rough for a while now.  My health took a deep turn last fall, from which I am still recovering.  The good news is Doctors have been seeing more in my blood lately which is leading to more specialists which will hopefully lead to more answers. In the meantime, I am cared for and sustained by my Heavenly Father.

So how does that look in the day to day?  Your guess is as good as mine!  My body is inconsistent and thus is my life.  The battle has been to try and figure out each new day what I should do or what I shouldn’t do, what I can handle and what will push me over the edge.  To be very honest with you, this brought to a point a despair last fall where in some ways I gave up trying because I never knew what the repercussions would be on my health.  This was not good, and not a proper attitude to have towards the Lord who has appointed my life in His hands and has purpose in every season. God has brought me graciously out of that pit into the freedom to stretch myself more than I have been, trusting myself to Him as to a faithful Creator and the good news is that I am seeing His power in my literal weakness, which I am thankful to experience.

I am realizing that as my strength is limited, I need to use what I have to “love God” and “love my neighbor as myself.”  Which does include doing what depends on me to be healthy but for the goal of loving Him instead of the worldly goal of just being healthy.  And I am finding that as I step forward in obedience to that, that He is giving me more and more strength!

Said goodbye to my Indian brother Reuben at the end of last year. Pray for him as he returns to serve Jesus in India.

Said goodbye to my Indian brother, Reuben, at the end of last year. Pray for him as he returns to serve Jesus in India.

I love my parents, they have been such a rock and blessing to me.

I love my parents, they have been such a rock and blessing to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So am I still working with SGWM?  The answer is yes I am.  I am in a very fortunate situation that I would not be able to find anywhere else.  I am able to work from home if I need to, and I do need to quite a bit.  My Pastors at SGWM give me a lot of grace in order to succeed.  And God recently has answered a prayer by bringing in another mission’s minded college girl from our church to intern with us and will be very helpful in taking some of the responsibilities that have been difficult for me to fulfill.  Which is also an answer prayer of having another person to encourage as they step forward in obeying God’s call.

Last fall, God blessed me with a trip to Peru, where I was able to visit my brother and his family who are serving as missionaries there.  It was a different sort of trip because everything looks different for me right now.  But I made it there and got to spend a lot of time resting with my sister in law (who had just given birth to my new nephew!) and just hanging out with the family as well as getting the opportunity to see the Calvary Chapel Bible College in Peru.

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My nephews greeted me with much love!

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With some precious friends from Peru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also was blessed with the ability to go to the Calvary Chapel Missions Conference again this year which is always an awesome experience.  God really encouraged and strengthened my heart in the goodness that He intends for us in suffering.  I was able to tell people about Saving Grace World Missions and meet many missionaries serving all over the world.

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With Bible College friends and Pastor Phil at the Missions Conference

A truth that has been ringing loudly in my ear lately has been “I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”  Hearing of God’s power to save and His moving in America and in far off places, this is the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. And this is exactly what I get to do working with SGWM.

All in all I am learning how Jesus really is enough for us through every trial that comes our way.  He strengthens feeble knees and gives water to the thirsty soul.  His cross and resurrection is sufficient to win for us peace, joy and hope even through the dark valleys.

Thank you again for your love, encouragement and support.

Spending time with close friends

Spending time with close friends

Some of the College girls from church

Some of the College girls from church

My cousins and I <3

My cousin Megan (middle) is getting married in May and I get to be a bridesmaid! Pray for her and her soon to be husband!


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Having Confidence in What We Know

Just this last week we had my dear friend Amys church wide dessert gathering.  It was with Amy that God sent me to India.  During the gathering, she shared about the work God is doing in India.  She showed pictures of the School of Ministry that has been started there and shared about the 4 graduated students who are now serving God in their various villages and states in India.  There were pictures of sweet friends that she shared with the group. Families that we poured the gospel into. Kids that we cared for, and loved dearly.  There were also pictures of my time in the hospital, as that was a pivitol moment of change, not only in my life but also in her life and ministry in India. I loved her theme, life changes, circumstances change, relationships change but God does not change.  I am the Lord and I do not change…” Mal. 3:6 

11742660_10207611228027396_5625698272103531184_nA question that I have been asked a lot lately is, How are you now that you are watching Amy go back without you? It is surreal.  I am not sure I can say exactly how I am.  I look back on pictures, videos, conversations, prayers prayed with Indian believers, opportunities of sharing the gospel to someone who has never heard it, smiles and laughter of children screaming my name and running into my arms, watching hard hearts be softened in front of me, and it doesnt take much for tears to begin streaming down my face and the familiar ache to return to my heart. Yes, I loved and still love many people there dearly. But how am I?
All I can do is fall upon that which I do know. These things I know; that God spoke to me about a year before I left India through His Word, through prayer, and through vision that a change was coming in my life.  It came to pass as He said, and I can only know that He is in control and His hand is upon me.  I also know that He leads me into paths of righteousness for His names sake (Psalm 23:3). I know that He prepared good works for me in advance that I should walk in them (Eph. 2:10).  I know that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28) Theres much that I can know through Gods Word.
Praying over Amy

Praying over Amy

Sharing at a SGWM fundraising dinner

Sharing at a SGWM fundraising dinner

True, there is a lot that I dont know. Theres a lot that I dont quite understand yet. But I am free to place my confidence in that which I do know.  And truly thats where my confidence lies. So how am I? I am in the hands of Him whose ways are higher than my own.  In the shaky, changing circumstances of life that leave us completely void of understanding, we can look to Him and know that He does not change.  That His throne is unshaken by my change and His Kingdom standing firm. Therefore I can take that which I do know and press on, move forward and know that there is more to be done. There remains a further work that HE has prepared for me. Although I can look back and be thankful for all that was given to me in India, I can know that my work is not done yet, and He desires use of me now, a present obedience to His calling. I do not know what will happen in the future. I do not know if I will go back to India or to another foreign mission field. I know my desires, I know how God has gifted me, but I dont know how He will lead me. But I do know Him, and He is good.
Getting to use my acquired henna skills

Getting to use my acquired henna skills

Its been a busy last couple of months. The organization I work for had a fundraising benefit in May.  Which was a major on the job learning experience for me.  I have been able to go to a couple conferences in order let people know about Saving Grace World Missions as well as to spread the word about the work in India.  We have had missionaries coming in and out, from Kenya to Cambodia to Muslim countries that cant be named.  It has been an honor and a priviledge to sit with them and hear how they are doing and getting to hear those awesome first hand testimonies of how God is working in diverse ways all over this world.
Girl's Team India gained a newborn member, Breanna Gaona!

Girl’s Team India gained a newborn member, Breanna Gaona!

Difference Makers Young Adults

Difference Makers Young Adults

Our college group at church has been going well. We have been doing a Bible study with the girls and I switch off teaching with a couple others.  We have been having a sweet time of learning to train our minds to dwell on truth.  
Girl's Bible Study

Girl’s Bible Study

I also wanted to let you know that those 4 graduated School of Ministry students that are now serving as missionaries do write updates and they are awesome! You get to hear first hand some of their stories of how God is moving.  If you are interested in receiving those updates, please respond and let me know so I can add you to their mailing lists.
Rakesh and Pradeep doing dishes after an outreach to a newly found village.

Rakesh and Pradeep doing dishes after an outreach to a newly found village.

This is Anugrah, his parents died recently from TB and he lived for a bit with our missionary, Rajendra, in Bihar. Now he has the same disease, please pray that God would touch this young boy and heal him!

This is Anugrah, his parents died recently from TB and he lived for a bit with our missionary, Rajendra, in Bihar. Now he has the same disease, please pray that God would touch this young boy and heal him!

Pradeep sharing the Gospel in a remote village

Pradeep sharing the Gospel in a remote village

Please be in prayer for
  • Always that God would keep me healthy and be my day to day strength.
  • I am praying about ways I can meet more Indians that are right here in SoCal, pray that God would lead me into what He has for me.
  • Pray for my support as there are some things that God has been putting on my heart to do but I do not have the means to do so at this time.
  • Continue to be in prayer for the School of Ministry as they just started a new year. There are 7 students and I am so excited to see what God is going to do in them this year!

 

 


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Changing Roles

Hi friends!

Lovely sisters in Christ

Lovely sisters in Christ

I am excited to share some news with you all. Before you jump ahead of yourself, no, I am not yet returning to India (although that would be very exciting news!). Rather, I am officially taking on the role of administrative assistant for Saving Grace World Missions. Many of you know, that since I have been back from India, I have been serving here in the Saving Grace World Missions office.  I have been involved in various  tasks that support the current missionaries on the field, assist in raising funds for churches in India, sending missionary updates, planning the missions related events and much more. I am now moving into a formal position and have the wonderful opportunity to focus in and devote all of my time to supporting our SGWM missionaries all over the world.

Hosting an SGWM table at church.

Hosting an SGWM table at church.

In case you do not know, Saving Grace World Missions (or SGWM) is the missions sending agency directly connected to my church. It is through SGWM that I served in India until now. They do a lot of the behind the scenes work to provide the backing and support to what the missionary is doing on the field. From insurance to pay roll, to sending out newsletters and supporting the various needs that come up while missionaries are on the field. I have been so blessed as I am growing more aware of the work God is doing through all of the SGWM missionaries in various countries around the world.

Jonathan and His Armor Bearer

Enjoying spending time with one of Indian brothers who is here right now.

Enjoying spending time with one of Indian brothers who is here right now.

As I have been settling into this new role, God has been teaching me and giving me vision for it. He keeps bringing back to a story in 1 Samuel 14.  During a war with the Philistines, Jonathan decides to go up with just his armor bearer to where they were encamped as he says, “it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.” (1 Sam. 14:6) Jonathan was focused on, not the capability of his army or their army, but rather on the capability and strength of God.  Jonathan says to his armor bearer, “come, let us go” and “come up after me for the Lord has delivered them into our hands.” God worked a victory for Israel in this battle through the faith of Jonathan.

God has really spoken to me, not just about the bold faith of Jonathan, but also about the support of his armor bearer who teamed up with him in this adventure of faith.  The man carried Jonathan’s supplies, bore that burden, stayed by his side, supported his faith in God, and fought the battle with him. What a difference that armor bearer must have made to Jonathan in that moment. The armor bearer committed himself, no matter the cost, to supporting and going with Jonathan in his vision.

Having been on mission field, I now know what a difference it makes when God is calling me to take a bold step of faith to have people who come alongside of me in that and say they agree and will “go with me” and help “carry those burdens” in order to make it all possible. I have been blessed with a wonderful church and support group on the mission field, and now I feel God is calling me to be the armor bearer to others who are being led to take these steps of faith.

Sharing on a missions panel.

Sharing on a missions panel.

So is she still on support?

The answer is yes I will continue on missionary support, as SGWM is not able to provide a salary for my position. I will now be considered a home missionary working with missions and missionaries from the home office. My ministry tasks will change to focus on taking care of administration so that our missionaries can freely preach the gospel and walk in what God has called them to. I am in need of monthly financial partners to continue to provide support so that I may accomplish what the Lord has called me to in this new role.

 Quick Health Update

I went through a bad relapse of sickness this spring that was very similar to what had happened in India. I was out for about 2 months. Praise the Lord, He has been healing me from that and I have been feeling fairly well for about a month. I received a series of vitamin B12 injections which did make a difference in helping me recover after the relapse.  They have discovered that I am severely deficient in some of my anti-bodies, which explains why I get sick frequently and why I have a hard time fighting it off. I am working with a doctor who is helping me support and strengthen my compromised immune system. Thank you for your faithful prayers in regards to my health.

Please pray for God to give me wisdom and ability as I step into this new role. Thank you!

In Christ,

Deanna


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One Step at a Time

Greetings!

I am so excited to share with you all that my health is starting to actually improve to a point where I am once again having energy and feeling stronger. I went and saw a holistic doctor who diagnosed me with parasites.  After about a month into my treatment, I began to really see my health turn around and improve.  Thank you for taking care of me through your faithful prayers.  God has been so good to me and so faithful during this time.

I just met with my Pastor last week to talk about where I am with my health and what to walk forward in now that I am getting better again.  Our current plan is for me to begin working in the church office with a regular schedule to make sure my health is able to remain.  So, as of now I will be spending a couple months helping out around here and as God leads, if that goes well, we can start looking into plane tickets for me to return to India sometime in January.

I was interviewed for a women’s monthly newsletter for my church just recently and thought that it would be nice to share it with all of YOU as well! In it I talk about how I got involved in missions, how I ended up at Saving Grace, and what God has been teaching me in this season. You can click on the link below to see it. I hope you enjoy!
Deanna Carver interview


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Health Update

Hello everyone! Yes this greeting comes from America, not India.  I just want to give you a quick update about my health.  I first just want to say how much I have appreciated all your prayers, love and encouragement during this difficult time.  How truly precious it is to have the family of God during such times.

Amy, Pastor Mike and I as we began our journey back.

Amy, Pastor Mike and I as we began our journey back.

It’s been two months since I came home due to becoming very sick and going in and out of the hospital in India. And quite honestly there is unfortunately not much to report about what exactly I was sick with.  The good news is over all I am definitely much better than what I was.  There were points where I basically couldn’t walk.  I have improved to walking and being able to drive and do basic things for myself again, which feels so good!  The bad news is, I am still not very well.  As I have said to many who have asked, my health goes up and down frequently.  So I am taking things day to day.  I can tell you that one doctor thinks I may have had malaria but it isn’t showing up on any reports now because I was on so many anti-biotics.  I can also tell you that it looks like (although it hasn’t been verified) that I might have endometriosis.  This doesn’t really seem to account for this whole sickness but would explain a lot of other things that I have been dealing with in my health.

“You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you ‘you are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you, with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:9-10

I would like to take time to declare how faithful God has been through this time.  From providing awesome opportunities to share the gospel within this experience to speaking to me in ways deeper than I have ever known before to providing for health care and plane tickets.  I find myself in a place of being mentally/emotionally/physically unstable, and God continues to draw me back to the only source of joy you could ever find in all this world; Himself.

“…my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1b

“They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasure. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.” Psalm 36:8,9

I will continue to stay for a bit longer here in America as I wait for my health to be more restored.  Please continue to be in prayer;

–          For my health, wisdom on what steps to take next, and complete healing.

–          Anxiety has come in strong, beginning with a severe panic attack I had just before I left India.  Please pray for the power of the peace of God to rule in my heart above anything else. I start doing better with it at times, but any time my health goes down, or pain returns, my anxiety levels rise up.  Pray for God to increase my faith in the simplicity of His Word.

–          Please continue to pray for the Bible School in India! 6 new students have arrived and officially began the next semester. Pray for them to grow in the knowledge and love of God.

–          Also continue to pray for the 4 students that have graduated and have now begun official church planting ministry.  They have experience quite a few hardships already within the last few months, from sickness to persecution.  Please pray for their protection and their own relationships with the Lord.

–           Pray for Pratim and Vinita as they lead the school and make decisions for this upcoming year.  We are still praying God provides an awesome place to hold all students/teachers/staff/guests!

–          Pray for my ministry partner Amy, that God would give her wisdom in being there alone in this season, and would anoint her to continue working and reaching the people there.

 


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Graduation and Prayer Requests

Blessings to you all!

I would like to start this letter with a big loud, “THANK YOU!” to all of you precious people who overwhelmed us with almost 5 suitcases full of goodies, letters, sheets, and more coffee/creamer than we could even imagine! I have no words, thank you for showing us grace and loving us. For those of you that are confused, let me explain. We recently had a small team from our home church in California come and visit us for the graduation of the Bible College students, and there were literally suitcases full of things our church sent to us.  I am thankful for a church that surrounds us with love and remembers us in such a way.

Us ladies wearing sarees for graduation.

Us ladies wearing sarees for graduation.

We had a great time with the team, they stayed for about a week.  We were able to take them with us to the slum area we have been visiting.  They also helped prep for graduation, led worship, and taught the students their last few days. We held graduation in Mussoorie.  This was my first time back to Mussoorie since moving away from there a couple months ago.  It was a little difficult as I was reminded what a precious place it is, and all the precious friends we have there.  I admit I didn’t necessarily want to go back to Dehradun.  But when God calls, we must obey, and (because He is such a gracious God) there is always blessings stored up for that obedience. And though it looks different than Mussoorie, I am so excited at the ministry opportunity God has given in the slums and with the youth in another local village.  The women and the kids have widely opened their arms to us, and we are humbled to love and share the glory of Jesus to them.

The graduated students.

The graduated students.

After a week the team left, and so did all the students. I have very little to tell you about after everyone left because with this I became sick, very sick.  Well, actually I had already been sick for a few days before the team came, continued to be sick while they were here, and once I was finally able to stop and rest after everything was over, it was like my body took advantage of the quiet and sickness came in stronger than ever.  After 5 days straight in bed, I felt like I was starting to feel normal again for about two days, and then everything came back strong again and I was back to ground zero in health. Its been a little over 4 weeks of high fevers, extreme fatigue, sore throat on and off, body aches, headaches,  stomach issues on and off, and a cough. I’ve been to the doctor three times and have another check-up appointment in a couple of days.

It’s such a strange season, and I have done very little but lie in bed. Although when Satan would tempt me to great discouragement, the living hope of Jesus Christ and His awesome love always comes in stronger.  A couple of the young girls from the slum area came yesterday for a visit and brought flowers, because they heard I was too sick to go out to them.  Just one of the many touches of blessing that God’s grace provides in the midst of this sickness. So even though my outward body is weak and tired, I feel the Lord renewing my inward man day by day, drawing me closer to Him.  And I know according to Isaiah 53 that Jesus bore my sickness and grief on the cross, therefore I am healed, though my body doesn’t seem to know it yet 😉 So please do not worry for me, but do pray for me, this is why I tell you because I covet your prayers.

Prayer Requests and Praises:

  1. First praise God for the graduation of these students, the blessing of that day, and the blessing of the team from our church, being able to be here for it.
  2. Praise God for a quieter season to be sick in, time to rest, and a home and bed to rest in. He is so good.
  3. Pray for healing, complete healing. I have had days of feeling better, and then things get bad again.
  4. Pray for the finances of new students coming to the school, and for the hearts of these students to be prepared and serious to know God’s Word.
  5. Pray for these young men who recently graduated, that they would be found faithful in the sight of God, and would remain in close and intimate relationship with the Lord.

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New Opportunities

Jay Masih Ki

The girls on Easter Sunday.

The girls on Easter Sunday.

I apologize for it being so long since my last update.  Thank you for your prayers and encouragement as we moved to a new city last month.  This has been a big change indeed.  We said goodbye to many that we have loved so much this past year.   Also, the culture difference from Mussoorie to a big Indian city is pretty major.  I feel like I am in a whole new country starting over again dealing with crazy city traffic and neighbors behind their walls in our more suburban neighborhood.  All of us with S.O.M. moved. Pratim and Vinita and our current students.  As we were praying and beginning this new season God gave us this word from Acts 8:26;

“Now an angel of the Lord said to Phillip, ‘Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ This is a desert place.”

We were mutually encouraged by this word.  Here we were heading south and down the mountain into the hotter “desert.” God sent Phillip because God cared for the one Ethiopian eunuch who was searching the scriptures and was prepared to receive the gospel.  So also with us, God can move a whole Bible School down the mountain in order to reach the individuals, maybe just one, who are wanting to know Him.  Because He cares THAT much.

Some of us went for a picnic after our Easter Sunday Service.

Some of us went for a picnic after our Easter Sunday Service.

So here we are in the big city, slowing getting to know more of our neighbors.  There was some discouragement the first few weeks as outreach is just starting over again and we were waiting on God to develop what our ministry would look like here in Dehradun. Well, God has recently brought about new opportunities that we are really excited about! One of those is in another part of Dehradun that is more like a village. There are a few Christian families in that village but not a good bible teaching church. So we have begun to go once a week and hold a service.  We meet in someone’s home and bring in many others in the neighborhood, some are believers, others aren’t, but the room is packed full of children, young women and young men, and some older women.  We are loving that there are young girls to work with!

Our second main opportunity that God has brought, is to go intoa local slum by our house.  A lot of the women work as house help in our neighborhood, which is how we met them.  The kids love having us come and beg us to come every day. The families in this area are all from the Indian state of Bihar.  We have two Bihari students with us right now, so they are excited to go and minister to their own people.  Some of the boys in this slum go to school, but none of the girls do.  Most of them are working during the day.  And the average Bihari girl is married by 15 or 16 years old.  Because of this not many of them can read, children or adults.  But the children are hungry to learn! They are really enjoying listening to Bible stories, singing songs, and playing games.

Well...we got a dog! His name is Gusto.

Well…we got a dog! His name is Gusto.

School of Ministry is going well.  Two weeks ago we were joined by Bond and Heather Gaona.  We were so blessed by their fellowship!   Bond taught the students through 1 and 2 Thessalonians.  Now they are in Nepal helping start a Bible School.  Our first full year is coming to an end, 4 students will be graduating at the beginning of May; Rajendra, Rakesh, Pradeep 1 and Pradeep 2.  A team will be coming from the states for their graduation. I am so looking forward to spending some time with brothers and sisters from my church body!

Please be in prayer for us:

  1. Praise the Lord for bringing us to Dehradun and helping us get here smoothly.
  2. Please pray for our students who are graduating. That they may be filled with the knowledge of His love and be close to the Lord as they prepare for full time ministry.
  3. Please pray for the team coming out, that God would help them take care of many details and that He would prepare the way before them for their time here.
  4. Please pray for our two new areas of ministry, the Bihari slum area and the other village. Also for our outreach within our neighborhood as well.

Thank you for praying!


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Changing Things Up

Hello Everyone!

I have some big news to share with you all, but first I want to tell you a little about my time in the states and coming back to India.

My beautiful and godly 80 year old grandma and I.

My beautiful and godly 80 year old grandma and I.

I went back to the States just before Christmas for a two month visit.  I visited with many friends and family members.  I was overwhelmingly blessed by my church family and their constant love towards me.  So thank you so much all you who took time to be with me and give towards the ministry. It really means so much to have the support and encouragement of others.

I was able to attend the Calvary Chapel Missions Conference where I was refreshed in my relationship with God and renewed in my vision to be where the unreached people are.  I was burdened by how desperate the need is to get people to go to these places that have no chance of hearing that Jesus can save them, unless someone goes! So continuing in the call that God has given me, mixed with a fresh burden for the unreached, I returned to India about a week ago.  We flew into Delhi and got to spend a few days there with a group of new friends who are working together to start a home for disabled boys.  I was so blessed by their fellowship in our time together, and thankful for more people to call family here in India.

I was so blessed to reconnect with precious friends from Bible College.

I was so blessed to reconnect with precious friends from Bible College.

I got to see my brother and his family step out in faith and move to Peru.

I got to see my brother and his family step out in faith and move to Peru.

This is the house I will be living in.

This is the house I will be living in.

Well to get to the big announcement…we are moving! I feel a rush to my chest even typing it out.  Our partners, Pratim and Vinita, have for a long time now, had this vision to start a Bible School, and it was always on their heart to start it in Dehradun, which is the city down the mountain from us.  It’s a good central location and there are more opportunities to find a place that we would be able to grow into as a school.  They have prayed for this for years, and Amy and I have joined them in this prayer this past year. Now, it seems that God is opening the door and has answered this prayer.  We have found two great places that are close to each other. One place is a duplex and then just a couple minute walk away is another small one story home.  The other side of the duplex is also for rent, ideally we would like to get both sides and use those for the students/director’s/guest housing, and it would be all together in one place.  We have not been able to get ahold of that landlord as he is out of town, but we know there is high chance of us being able to get it. We are praying for that other side of the duplex and a good price for it, please pray with us! For now, Pratim and Vinita and the students will be in one place.   Amy and I will be living in a house that is super close, which actually also has a back living quarters for guests.  So in prayer, we will be transferring there next week.

I am excited for the new work that God wants to do, but my heart also breaks for our precious neighbors and church family that we will be leaving behind here. Please pray with me that God will continue to bring Christian influences into their lives,  that they would not forget the gospel that was shared to them, and the Holy Spirit would daily remind them of those truths.

Also, there is much to be done in moving, so please pray for us with all the details that need to take place.

                Pray for God’s provision in everything as there are extra moving expenses and set up prices.

                Pray for the work that God wants to do in Dehradun, this is so new to us, and we know God has plenty of ministry waiting for us there.

                Praise God for His guiding and providing for us!

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. “ Ephesians 2:10

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Thank you for praying!


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A Momo Thanksgiving

The momo making process....

The momo making process….

Rakesh decorating our table.

Rakesh decorating our table.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all of you lovely people who are taking the time to read this, and pray for me here in India! I hope you had a sweet time giving thanks to God for the good things He has done.  We had a very blessed Thanksgiving time here. Obviously it was quite different considering they don’t celebrate the American Thanksgiving holiday here.  On Thanksgiving day we were invited to the home of other missionaries here, and gathered with some fellow Americans, ate some mashed potatoes, stuffing, and assorted chicken (Turkey is nearly impossible to get here….) The next day, we did a “MoMo Thanksgiving” with the School of Ministry.  We even were able to decorate with some things that the team brought last month.  We made momo’s, some of the students talked theology, while the women cooked, some of us played a card game, while another napped on the couch, we laughed together, prayed together, and gave thanks together, to me…it was a very traditional family Thanksgiving gathering.  Amy and I continued to celebrate the next day by making pumpkin pancakes, and pumpkin bread! MMMmm…

I made some traditional apple pie!

I made some traditional apple pie!

 

The finished product, everyone seemed to enjoy it!

The finished product, everyone seemed to enjoy it!

 

Our schedules are busy right now.  We are practicing for a couple of skits (in Hindi) that we will be doing both for our neighborhood as a Christmas outreach, as well as for our church.  We will even be doing some traditional Punjabi dancing to a Hindi Christmas song for the church! Yes, we will be taking videos in case you are wondering! We are blessed that a few kids in our neighborhood are also joining us, and will also be performing in the skits and in the Children’s Sunday School songs that will be sung in front of the church.

I want to let you all know that I will be returning to Southern California for Christmas and will be staying about 2 months.   I fly in on the 18th of December and will be there until mid-February.  I look forward to seeing you all! I hope to meet with many of you, fellowship together and hear how you are doing!  Send me an email if you would like to get together during my time home!

 

Amy and I

Amy and I

Please be praying for us, as there is much to get done in the next couple of weeks and time is quickly running down.  Also, my heart breaks to think of leaving our precious neighbors here, that we have been laboring amongst for the sake of the Gospel.  Please be praying for the continual working of the Holy Spirit in their lives, that they wouldn’t just forget about Jesus because we are gone, but that they would remember Him and His Words of truth.  I know that though we leave, His Spirit remains to be with them. Thank you all, I look forward to seeing you soon!

Let Earth Receive Her King!

Deanna


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