Loving greetings to you in Jesus Name.
Thanks for your mail. Know that we always remember your love & courage and we always pray for you. Yes, the situation is very terrible here. In Orissa 1100 churches & thousands of christian houses & many institutions are burnt. Nothing is left. Here it is tense, but calm. We had refugees from Orissa. Today one christian componist was here. He had big buildings and a chuch & 4 vehicles. They burnt everything. He had to run for his life. He is already elderly & not used to walking. He had to run for his life 28 kilometers in de jungle. He escaped only with his clothes on. In North India they wanted to have a pastor from Orissa to testify. So John arranged for him to go & they accepted it. So this night he went & then he is coming back to stay with us, because he has nothing left. Like this, tens of thousands have lost everything & have nothing left. They are not allowed to come back without converting to hinduism. It's hinduism or death. One nun was paraded naked in her place before thousands & then raped by 14 man before the eyes of thousands, & the police also were onlookers! Many are killed or wounded. They have cut hands & feet of many. It is more than terrible. We are in our Mission House in Bhilai & this house has become a kind of coordination centre for the christians of Orissa. It's bad in whole India. We are never really safe. Please tell these things & pray. John has a terrible swollen foot & needs prayer. It's because of his diabetic. You must have been led by the Spirit to send this mail.
May be we are coming to Holland in April. Come & see us then.
With lots of love,
John & Marja