Posts Tagged ‘Monsoon’

A Beautiful Day, by B2B India Staff

September 11, 2009

It’s raining! It’s pouring! The monsoon rains have finally come to Hyderabad, India and are a welcome relief from the near-drought conditions. Thank you to everyone who prayed for this rain. And, thanks to our God for providing this “shelter” in a sun-scorched land.

Last weekend, my old concerns about the monsoons resurfaced. It had been raining all week, but we had planned a big event on Saturday. The children at Eternal Joy Home were going on a field trip! They were going to have a picnic lunch and play at a scenic spot.  So, I started to worry. “What if it rains?” I’ve prayed for this rain and now that it’s come, I feel the need to put qualifications on it – “just not tomorrow, God.” But as usual, He had it all under control. We woke Saturday to beautiful blue skies.

When the twenty children piled into two SUV vehicles, it was the first time that most of them had ever ridden in an independent car. They didn’t care that there was no air-conditioning. Open windows made it easier to wave at passing cars and trucks. We found a shady spot near a lake, overlooking a big rock mountain. Amid some grazing cows and a baffled goat herder, the children enjoyed their picnic lunch.

Meal time

Meal time

Then it was time for some games – cricket, badminton, Frisbee and jump rope.

Playing frisbee

The children enjoying a game of frisbee

They played a version of “duck duck goose” called “sumba, sumba, cumba” and the smiles on their faces were priceless.

The children play an Indian version of duck, duck, goose

An Indian version of duck, duck, goose

After that, our friend from the US gave all the children chocolates. Wow!

For many of the children, this may have been the best day of their life. For just a couple of hours, they enjoyed what we so easily take for granted as a normal life. God provided for these orphans just as He promises to do. The next day, we had record rainfall in Hyderabad.

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Pray for Rain, by Back2Back India staff

June 30, 2009

Before coming to serve in India, I had lots of questions. Many centered around monsoon season. When would it rain?  How much rain?  Does it rain all day?  Everyday?  No one was really able to answer those questions. “We’ll just see,” said my Indian friend.

Monsoon Rain Clouds

Monsoon Rain Clouds

I like warm sunny days. We had plenty of those. I don’t really like rain so I anxiously awaited the monsoon. It was predicted to arrive May 26. But as with most things in India, the monsoon was late. Then I was told that the rains would start around the first of June. It is now the end of June and the rains have yet to come. It might be an El Nino year. Who knew that El Nino would follow me to India! No rain – lucky me or so I thought.

With the lack of monsoon rain, India is on the verge of a drought. The water reservoirs are drying up. Power outages are becoming more frequent. Farmers are struggling to grow crops. The cost of vegetables has increased by 50%.  This has put a huge strain on the already meager budgets of the children’s homes trying to feed over 200 children daily.

The government programs are ill equipped to handle such crisis. A recent headline read: Chief Minister Calls for Prayers as Government Woos gods for Rain Desperate to protect its people and country from economic harm, the government is calling on all religions to offer special prayers for rain. Most Indians are Hindu, some are Muslim and a small percentage (2-3%) are Christian.

A verse from the Back2Back summer theme of Shelter comes to mind. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:11).

We need to turn to our God for His shelter. In contrast to the idea of a physical shelter to protect us from the rain, in this case rain is the shelter we seek. Rain that will fill the reservoirs and water the crops. Rain that is vital to India and essential to the survival of so many poverty stricken people. Please pray with us for God’s shelter –  the monsoon rains to come to India.

Shelter in Telugu, the native language

Shelter in Telugu, the native language