Friday, September 11, 2009

I just discovered that AMC... showcases movies from India from time to time. A new one is coming out on 9/18 "Dil Bole Hadippa". Times & Locations are not available yet. Movies before Noon are $5. It would an experience for most of our friends. Next week the description of the movie should be out. From the poster it looks like a comedy. I have to ask "D Daddy Das" for the translation.

The Gospel through 2 Coke cans, a calendar, PBS and Dr. Phil:
I spent 4 hrs w/the Das family yesterday. Took them to the clinic and then hung out with them while I waited for 1-17 traffic to disappear. They taught me to make another form of roti, which is like a tortilla. That was too funny. Mr. Das's("D Daddy Das" ) roti was perfect, mine looked more like a deformed frisbee! This Julia Child cooking class gave us time just to bond and chat in which Mr. Das shared his heart and concerns. I admire him for thinking of ways to at least look for new jobs. 2 months ago I would bring him my Sunday's classified ads, for him to look for better jobs. He "didn't have time to read" then, but that's when he was working 5 days and Kumar was working 5 days .... money was good. Yesterday, he asked if "I would bring back paper to him". Last Sunday, I shared Jeremiah 29:11 with him. Yesterday, Mr Das talked about moving back to Nepal by saving up a lots of money to move back. Then he talked of Texas..yes Texas. They hear where other families have moved there and found jobs. After listening to him yesterday, I had him write that scripture on a piece of paper and asked Mr Das to start memorizing it and substituting his name or "the Das family" when ever "you" is mentioned in the verse. We wrote it out yesterday so he could tape it on the bathroom mirror. We also read Matthew 6:25 "Do not worry passage" and we read the 23rd Psalms. He's that's how we got to Jeremiah and Matthew. He, like so many of us is looking at the storm and leaning on his own understanding . I shared the story of Moses and how God made a way by parting the sea. Mr. Das knew that story, but we talked about how Moses didn't know that the sea would open up for him. I then asked Mr Das if he knew when the way would open up for him, and he said "why of course not"... you silly lady (my interpretation), then I told him to keep praying until it does! I took 2 Coke cans that were on the table, one was Egypt, where the people of God where slaves to bad people, and the other one was "A better place". I shared how the people wanted to go back to Egypt because it was familiar and easier to go back to what they knew. And then I tied in the story of how they followed God, through Moses and made it safe to the other side of the sea...then we reread Jeremiah 29: 11 again.

Then we watched TV and Tulasa started singing the "We are family" chorus, because we all were sitting together and I wasn't running off in a hurry to get home for my next task at hand. I left them watching Dr Phil, which had a family who was going through financial hardship during tough economic times. How stress was killing the family and the husband was making wrong choices, like taking the equity out of the home to gamble to make more money....which he lost.

While watching TV, I noticed a 2009 India calendar from the temple on 28th Ave & Maryland. I read about each of the "gods" that was highlighted for each month. I asked what they thought about each of them. I gingerly noted that they were made by man and were abnormally made. I asked if they thought that the God in heaven made them. Tulasa didn't believe in them, Mr Das was sitting on the fence. Mrs Das honestly answered "no" when I asked her if she thought they truly had the power to do what each of them were said to have. We talked about reincarnation and how some Americans believe that too, but with Christianity there was none. I asked him why would anyone want to came back to a bad place again. We talked about spiritual forces that do operate in the world that we can not see, that there were good and bad spirits. I reinforced Sunday's sermon about God being the Creator of the heavens and the earth. The half hour before Dr Phil's show, I have surfed the stations and we ended up on Channel 8 (PBS) that just happened to have a documentary on the universe and the galaxy... I used that to tell them that is what our God created. There mouths dropped and then I gently said that stone figures of half elephant/half woman, with 6 arms didn't make the universe...which lead me to talk about how an fallen angel was given power over the earth. It was a blessing, when I left there prayed for seeds to stay planted in their minds and heart.


Thursday, September 03, 2009

Thank you for your prayers. Kamala had the phone interview on Tuesday morning, but the manager did not call back to schedule an in-person interview. He was a very nice man. I think perhaps he was hesitant because of the language barrier. It’s a huge roadblock to securing a job. We MUST keep praying and keep eyes & ears open – the issue is SO critical, as we all know.
Carol L

From: Carol
'Subject: possible job for Kamala Acharya

Hi all,
I got a call just a moment ago about Kamala’s application for a job at the new Drury Inn – opening in September at Pinnacle Peak and I-17. I’m going to go & pick her up tomorrow morning and we will call the man (general manager) back – he wants a phone interview to determine if he wants to bring her in for an in-person interview. Please PRAY. (I helped her put in this application online last Thursday.) This was a quick response and I think that’s a good sign. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!!!!
Carol Langley
Kumar Das was laid off from GCA on Tuesday. He might be able to be assigned to a different GCA site, but not sure. He just moved his little family into their own apartment apart from his mom, dad and three siblings.

Dal Das, the father of the clan, is getting high pressure sales tactics from Anthem College to take a course in medical assisting for a mere $13,300, of course with the promise that he will be given loans to cover this. Dal has been very wise thus far in refusing to sign anything, but the salesman is relentless. He gave Dal the impression that it wouldn't cost him anything, but I called on his behalf to help him find the truth. His jaw dropped to the floor when we found out the cost.

Please pray for Kumar to be reassigned quickly and to have some gumption (an old Okie word) to get another job. Please pray for Dal to continue to be wise to resist the schemes of high pressure sales. Many of our friends are being enticed by the promises of loans to pay off school, cars, etc. We need to pray for their protection, as many of them don't understand credit, interest rates and the long term commitment they are making. One of our most educated friends approached me last week wanting to buy a car using his credit card, at 16% interest! He did not understand he would have to pay the interest. In all honesty, I actually did use a credit card to have a down payment on a car when I was in college but I had no other options and understood what I was doing!

Kudos to all of you for your service! Thank you for praying for these situations and so many others.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Today I took Umesh and Suman Das to the county clinic for shots. The clinic is closed on Wednesdays, much to my dismay. However, Suman was elated and relieved, and told his dad that he had prayed to Jesus to save him from the shots, and he was so happy that Jesus saved him!

After that deadend, we went to Ranch Market, which I am positive exceeded the fire code limit for customers. I have never been in a grocery store that was as crowded as this one. The boys were so hungry so we checked out two taco stands. At the first stand, I said we wanted beef tacos. The clerk said she didn't know if the meat on the grill was beef, but her manager had said it was beef, but again, she didn't even know if it was meat. Second taco stand, inside the store, I asked what a particular bin of meat was and again the girl said she didn't know what it was. No tacos for us today!


Tuesday, September 01, 2009

need some help with a problem of timing and signing kids in/out.

Except for Adhikari kids, please make sure all kids are signed in and out by their parents. Durga Adhikari can come in place of his dad. When Rati does not come, her oldest son can sign in/out the kids. ONLY ONE PERSON NEEDS TO COME FOR EACH FAMILY. It gets very congested at the sign in/out table and very confusing since the other childrens' workers don't know who is who.

Please, please, please release the parents to come get their kids at 11:45 or at the latest 11: 50 a.m. and then please remind them to go directly to get their kids.

Last Sunday I gave up after waiting for 20 minutes for the parents to come.

As of this Sunday, the other teachers will be waiting on the Bhutanese parents, so please let's respect their time as well by getting the kids out of there on time.