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It means what?!?

INDIA | Saturday, 28 June 2008 | Views [1260] | Comments [8]

So hilarious story: the community college girls on campus erupted in laughter after I said my name (the way the children pronounce it).  Megan and I were very confused as to why everyone kept laughing until we asked Sam Stephens (the president of IGL) what Tamil word was close to "Maladi" - it turns out that "meladi"  in Tamil means "beat me really hard on the head."  ha ha greeeaat.  So I've been telling some of the people here to hit me.  Anyway, now I just stick with Mallory and let them butcher it. 

Yesterday (Friday) we went to a leper colony which was about 2 hours away from Sharon.  The people there were so welcoming and we got to pray with many of the villagers.  Their joy is inspiring especially considering each person's condition.  There was one woman there who did not look like she had leprosy who was pregnant.  Honestly, it looked as if she could go into labor at any second.  I can't imagine what that must be like - to live in the heat and humidity in a village where it is next to impossible to feel clean for very long and to top it all of you're living among lepers.  It turns out that leprosy can be transmitted through open wounds or by living with lepers for a prolonged period of time.  Most Americans' immune systems keep them safe from the disease because we eat well and are much more healthy.

Being here has shown me just how awful some places in the world are.  I finally get what my parents and others talked about when they chastized me for not being thankful.  The people here often live in filth and have known nothing else.  Fortunately the Spirit is at work here and God has really been encouraging me with these several passages from Habakkuk:

In Habakkuk 1:2-4 he complains about the evil in the world.  I felt this when I thought about the awful situation these people are in and try to reconcile that fact with a sovereign and good God.  God's reply is incredible.  He responds, "Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded.  For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told." (Hab 1:5)

Habakkuk presses the Lord further in 1:12-13 and the Lord replies saying, "For still the vision awaits its its appointed time; it hastens to the end - it will not lie.  If it seems slow, wait for it; ti will surely come; it will not delay."  and He continues saying that "the righteous shall live by his faith."  (Hab 2:2-3 & 2:4)

That is incredible - it blew me away.  God is still good even if there is pain everywhere because despite how things look or seem He is still working it all for good.  I was encouraged by this and it placed a new perspective in my heart regarding missions.

Lastly, Megan has been such an amazing encouragement to me during my time here.  She leaves little bible verses everywhere in my stuff for me to find and all of them have moved my heart.  I praise God that such an amazing woman of faith is here serving in India.

Thank you everyone for your prayers!  You are all wonderful!

Love, Mallory

P.S.  Gigi - my flight from Cleveland to Chicago was my first flight - I really enjoyed it!  my second flight was about 14 hours long from Chicago to Delhi.  I like flying a lot and it's not as unnerving as I thought it might be - thanks for asking!

Comments

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Hi Mallory--
Thank you setting up this form of communication for all of us to witness some of the experiences you have there. Know that we are truly grateful for your updates and encouraging scripture as well. It goes beyond words to describe my emotion and gratitude of how I feel comforted, that you are with our Megan half way around the world. God is using you in a mighty way and this experience has greatly moved my heart beyond measure. We love you.
Mrs. G

  Mom G Jun 28, 2008 11:04 PM

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Lindsay and I enjoyed your blog, Lindsay says beep beep (she just saw Wall-e, sorry) Mallory, we are so thankful that you have such great support in Megan. God's love and His witness is strong in your friends.
you are our sunshine and I am glad you were able to witness and recieve God's grace at the Leper colony.
Our love to the four of you,
Linds and Mom

  Lindsay and Mom Jun 30, 2008 4:17 AM

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Wow, what an awesome experience for you guys, i just wanted to let me know what an encouragement those verses were to me when i read them on here. and what an encouragement all four of you are to me. it is so amazing to see you all over there and i am so blessed to have amazing God-fearing friends who want to serve Him. It's hard for me being away from everyone at gcc and reading your blog really brightens my day! Love you and praying for you Mal!
-meg

  Markley Jul 1, 2008 2:50 AM

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Hey Mal and co.! What a blessing to discover your blog and learn how the LORD is at work! To hear about it makes my soul soar with joy and with praise!! I stand in awe of our Lord. What an awesome, loving, faithful God is He who guides and sustains you! I have been praying for you, and am so glad to learn through this blog in what areas to pray. Know that your testimony fills me with joy, and only heightens my adoration and awe of the Lord. My prayer is that He is leading you in truth and bathing you in the love of His Son, so that you simply overflow with the Spirit and joy!
I love you, Mal, and God bless you all!
Christina
P.S.> Thanks for sharing the Scripture verses, and Meladi, haha, I thought kick-me-signs were bad! ;)

  Christina Frye Jul 1, 2008 10:25 AM

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Good morning to you all! Just doing my morning ritual(and afternoon and evening too) of checking this blog. As I start my day I am aware you are finishing yours! What an amazing thing you 4 are doing...serving the "least of these" and yet to God they are His precious ones. (just like you). Just know that we love you and miss you and are constantly lifting you up in prayer. I hear from the team of prayer warriors that are lifting you up here in Duxbury and they are so blessed to get to pray for you. So be encouraged , you are not alone as you go about His business.
xo, Mrs. R/Mom
ps any more pictures???

  cathy Jul 1, 2008 8:19 PM

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Greetings from the US. We made it back here without any difficulties.

It was GREAT to meet you and we look forward to following your adventures in India. You may not see it directly, but know that you are a blessing to those you are serving. You are planting seeds that will grow and spread

It was a pleasure and honor to serve with you! You are in our thoughts and prayers

Peace & love,

Bill & Nancy

  Bill & Nancy Jul 3, 2008 6:04 AM

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Mal:

Fantastic! Have you ever thought about writing a book of daily devotionals? If so, make this your first entry! I loved it.

Grace and peace to you all.

Mr. G.

  Mr. G. Jul 6, 2008 3:36 AM

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I pray for the 4 of you daily. This is an experience that you will never forget and your Christian faith will continue to grow.

Stay strong and know that you are in His care.

Love,
Gigi (Billy's grandmother)

  Virginia Munson McTier Jul 7, 2008 10:52 AM

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