First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! I will give a Turkey update tomorrow...we are cooking and getting ready for our festivities, but this morning I have been watching a lot of news about the attacks in Mumbai.
Most of you know that I have been to Mumbai the last two years and have fallen in love with the city, country and it's people. What was shocking when I first read about the attacks is that I've been to most of the places that were attacked - they are beautiful parts of the city and frequented by foreigners. The Taj was my favorite potty stop and Leopolds has delicious Chinese food (the first time I visited there a young Indian man who had converted from Hinduism at his first bite of beef...it was quite the momentous experience for him).
Anyways, I just wanted to ask you all to be praying for this city. I am attaching a note that I received from my goood friend Christie Weehunt who currently resides in Mumbai. So, as you are with your families today just stop and say a prayer for the families of Mumbai...not only do are most of these people without clean water and sanitary conditions, but today they also have an extra layer of fear surrounding them.
So pray for peace, wisdom, and that the Christian community would have God's wisdom to minister to scared and wounded hearts.
Until next time! Eat plenty of Turkey & pie!
Terror Attacks in Mumbai (from Christie)
Today at 3:50am
Just wanted to let you know that we are safe. Yesterday Hannah, Season, Mark and I were outstation doing some documenting, and were on our way back to Bombay when we got news of the terror attacks in the city. With there being reports of attacks all over the city we were asked to spend the night up at the LIFE Center, as it there was no clear picture of what was going on...only that it was escalating. We drove back into the city this morning. As you may have heard they were targeting Americans and Brits, so we all covered our heads with shawls and headed into the city. (otherwise it was far too obvious that we were foreigners.) They city has been very quiet, as everything is closed today..schools have been cancelled, many shops are closed, and there is a heavy military and police presence all over the city. Literally at every corner there are police officers and vans, there are blockades and checkpoints all through the city, and apparently downtown is almost completely shut down, and they are checking every car. I don't know how much news you are getting about the situation here, but so far the most information is available at cnn-ibn.com. So this attack hits close to home. Literally three hours before all of this craziness began my parents were shopping along the causeway where the Taj hotel and Leopolds are. They just knew they had to leave, and got home to find out what was happening. The Taj hotel is greatly damaged, and they are still holding hostages. This hotel is just opposite the Gateway to India, and we frequent it with many of our teams as it is a tourist spot. (and they have/had beautiful, clean bathrooms.) Leos, where they opened fire killing many, is a favorite hang out for my friends and I, and has been for years...they have amazing chinese food. Metro Cinema, where they threw grenades into, and opened fire (from the police truck they stole) on people as they fled the exploding cinema, is directly across the street from my home church here. CST, the train station where they opened fire and threw grenades, is the main train station, and home to so many street children...and on and on the list goes. As best we know, we don't know any of the casualties. Things are still crazy, and there's not a very clear picture of what's going on, or how much longer this is going to last. Please just keep this city in prayer. A Pakistani terrorist group has laid claim to the attack, but please pray that they don't continue their rampage, and that there aren't any reactions from radical hindus. I will try and keep you guys posted as I get more info! Thanks for your prayers.Christie