Archive for November 2009
Praise God! Last year was the first time Pravaham participated in our church’s Bazaar. We had 1 table and 2 volunteers. This year, we had 3 tables and 8 volunteers! In addition to giving girls the gift of Christian freedom (Pravaham Nursing-Aide sponsorships), donating towards a much-needed kitchen building (the current kitchen is nothing but a mud hut), and chickens (for pest control as well as for food), there were a variety of products on sale. These included Christmas greeting cards by San Pedro artist Peter d’Aleo featuring the artwork of some of the Pravaham girls, calendars, thank you and blank note cards featuring photos by Christie Van Vugt taken during her August 2009 stay at Pravaham, natural jute bags made by the Hearing Impaired in India and which were a big hit last year, jewelry by Pravaham students and others in India & other handicrafts. We also had plant gifts ready for gifting, donated by Garden Club members.
The whole Bazaar experience – from planning which started in August to execution on Sunday Nov. 22 – is an unforgettable and powerful reminder of God’s love and provision for all of us, here at IPC and far away at Pravaham, India. It is also about the power of prayer. So much was an answer to prayer, prayer by many faithful friends and prayer that was clearly Holy-Spirit led. God answered these prayers amazingly & powerfully. Friends Suzanne, Joy, Karyn, Shanti, Jennifer, Cindy and Nancy graciously offered to help with the Bazaar. It turned out every one of their presence was needed and most warmly felt. Christie who’d visited Pravaham summer 2009 gifted me the sponsorship biopics which made the girls come alive as the the stories are in the words used by the girls themselves – these were the sheets the sponsors took away with them. Angie & Pete designed cards, Aruna sent ‘natural products,’ Lucy, Annie & Paul sent exquisite Indian handicrafts, and Arlene & girls made jewelry! Suzanne packaged and price tagged everything! Cindy made beautiful table signs. Jennifer raffia’d the terracotta plant gift donations & I had fun helping some of my friends figure out which Indian dress they’d like to wear :).
Linda and her husband Dave’s unexpected donations of succulents brought God’s blessings most affirmatively to the Garden Club; before that we’d had only 8 baby barrel cacti, 8 aloes, 2 pizza dish gardens and a dozen each of tomatoes, and basil. Their gift – many, many dozens of succulents ready for gifting – boosted our Garden Club collection! Similarly, there were many more unexpected divine gifts. I was really sad that Kate Leavey’s family couldn’t be with us because of her recent tragic accident but here again, God is so marvelous! Sunday was Kate’s day of rest from daily, major surgery, her healing is proceeding miraculously, and God is being glorified. Our faith community and city is coming together in a way that is simply amazing. Many, many people signed the poster we made for Sean & Nora; we used the picture of Kate from last year’s Bazaar (she was at the same spot Pravaham was this year) and Jon enlarged & printed it so beautifully. I was blessed to be able to be with Tim & Nora too, briefly.
I could go on and on but pictures will share the story much better. I was touched by the generosity of Team Pravaham and also how many of our church folks came to the Bazaar and bought their Christmas gifts; that”s a lot of burning hearts for the unseen, under-privileged, and marginalized, hearts filled with love & desire to serve God and each other. I’ll be uploading ~130 pictures of the entire Bazaar shortly, pictures taken by Nancy & me. Jon also took pictures as did Rick, Joy and others too; send me yours if you’d like them added to the ACB Gallery & Archive. Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures from ACB 2008! 🙂 “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3: 20-21.