Greetings Friends and Family of Paul and Molly,
Paul and Molly wish each one of you a blessed and Merry Christmas from a seat on an old beat up bus making its way through the Indian countryside, at midnight their time.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Steve Evers and I’m the Director of In Touch Mission International.
I count it a pleasure and a privilege to partner with Paul and Molly in the ministry and mission that God has given them. I just spoke to Paul and Molly via telephone, and wanted to share an update with you.
Paul and Molly send their apologies for not sending out e-mail updates in the last couple of days, as their Internet service has been down.
They also didn’t take their laptop (and almost forgot their camera) with them on this Christmas trip to the girls’ home.
Paul and Molly’s Exciting New Adventure
As most of you know, Paul and Molly are very excited that God is allowing them to take responsibility for 19 precious little girls who were saved at birth.
What all that looks like is yet to be seen, but we do know that the current leadership can no longer care for these girls.
When I spoke to Paul and Molly, they along with baby Isaiah, were sitting in the back of a very loud Indian bus, cruising down the road on a 15 hour overnight trip to spend the Christmas with the little girls.
Molly was remembering that last year Paul spent separated from his family because he was in the States, and again this year he is spending Christmas away from his family…but for another very good reason.
Behind a Bush on a Cliff in India
Molly shared that some of the noise in the background was a Tamil language movie blaring through the bus. She expected this to go on until maybe 3am…so they had about 3 more hours of this. You could also hear every single semi-truck and un-muffled exhaust as they continuously passed them during our conversation.
At one point, Molly said “Steve, I need to give the phone back to Paul… they stopped the bus for a bathroom stop… and I need to get there before the bus starts again.”
Then I heard some rustling of bushes and Molly came back on the phone and laughingly told me she and Paul were currently hid behind some bushes on the edge of a cliff, taking advantage of the once every five-hour bathroom stop (visualize a bus pulling to the side of a cliff and everyone finding a spot for themselves.)
Good news is…it was about midnight and some what dark, except for the other vehicle lights. All the while, you hear other people talking and vehicles going down the road.
Molly said “only in India.”
Molly asked if we would pray for Isaiah (pictured right) because he’s running a fever at this time. She believes the fever is due to him teething and hopes that it doesn’t become an issue as they spend Christmas away from home with the little girls.
How They Plan to Make it the Best Christmas
Molly shared just a bit of what Christmas is going to look like for these little girls.
Paul and Molly, with the financial help of one of Paul and Molly’s friends, have bought each one of them a little doll.
Molly says that she really believes that each little girl will not put down this baby doll during the whole Christmas season.
She also shared that these little girls have never had toys like this. As Paul and Molly went through the store to purchase the dolls, Molly shared that Paul was so giddy as he ran from one type of doll to the next asking, “how about this one… do you think they would like this one.”
After the dolls were purchased, Paul and Molly bought 19 little dresses… new dresses!
Molly describes these dresses as new, full of sparkles, lots of glitter. Molly believes the little girls are going to be so excited to have these new dresses, in fact to have any new dress, period.
Paul and Molly have planned a special Christmas for these little girls. As mentioned before they will receive their first doll and their first new dress.
Then Paul and Molly are planning to take all of the little girls out for a Christmas service in a church that Paul knows of in the area. Can you visualize this… Paul, Molly and Isaiah with 19 of the prettiest little fluffy dressed, dark hair and dark eyed girls walking down the street.
Can you visualize what it would look like in the little church?
Paul and Molly and “family” will take up at least a couple pews! This will most likely be the first Christmas service these little girls have experienced.
After the service and sometime during their time with a little girls, Paul and Molly are going to take the little girls sightseeing, which will also probably be a new experience for the sweet little ones.
Molly shared that she brought peanut butter oats and some syrup so that she can make no-bake cookies for the girls.
I guess they don’t have an oven, so Molly needs to be creative in what she prepares.
One other thing that Molly is going to do for “her little girls” this Christmas season, is breakout the freshly purchased, multiple bottles of hot pink nail polish and polish each one of their fingers and toes…another first time experience!
I didn’t realize this, and maybe you didn’t either, but somehow the little girls first language is not Tamil but…English.
Molly told me, “…my little girls can talk to me and I can talk to my little girls!”
Imagine what are the chances of that happening in India where Molly has very little opportunities to communicate in her own mother tongue. “Only when God is in it, do things like this happen.”
Molly with a few of the girls.
Molly asked if we would also pray for Paul and her as they try to unravel the mass of confusion and neglect that this little girl ministry has had to work under for many years. From what it sounds like if you ever wanted to walk into a messy, messed up situation, this would be the perfect one for you.
Paul and Molly realistically see all of the challenges of taking care of the little girls each month, financing this home and caregivers, trying to work out the legal details with the local government officials, and finding a future home closer to Paul and Molly’s other ministries, but they also are overjoyed with the way God has already gone before them, “in making their path straight.”
Please pray as they work through the logistics of making all this happen.
Please pray for Paul’s family as they gladly accept their part in this grand and unfolding direction in Paul and Molly’s life and ministry.
The family is going to provide additional oversight when Paul and Molly need to travel and when they need to come to the States for visa issues and for support raising.
If you could have heard the overwhelming joy and excitement in Paul and Molly’s voices you would have come to the same conclusion that I came to.
This may be the best Christmas that these 19 little girls have ever known, but I am pretty sure that there is a young Indian/American couple somewhere in the Indian countryside who will have a Christmas that is a Christmas above all their other Christmases.
Thank you each one for your partnering and for your help in making this truly a Christmas to remember.
Paul and Molly again wish you a very, very Merry Christmas.
In Touch Mission International