DENGUE FEVER. The sound of it strikes an ominous note. The reality of having it is unimaginable. Yet that is what Dr. D. D. said when he reported my lab work. That’s not all he said. He told me I had one of four Dengue viruses: It is caused by the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito (which is related to the mosquitoes that cause Yellow Fever and West Nile Virus—Fever). All of these fevers may be fatal. Dengue Fever causes the body to use up an excessive number of its platelets in its fight to kill out the virus. In doing this the platelets may be depleted and hemorrhagic bleeding will occur. Once that happens there is no way to stop it so the patient dies.
One thing I like about Indian doctors is their directness. There is no long wait for answers. I had a lab test and knew the results and prognosis within three hours.
Dr. D. D. is a Neurologist. That was good because Dengue Fever attacks the brain and nervous system. The doctor said that I would likely have problems with the use of my arms, hands, and legs. Within two days I could not write…or print my name. I could barely walk and found it almost impossible to take a shower…my legs trembled like jelly, and Juanita had to help me dress.
From being told I was possibly in a fatal condition, to hearing, eight days later, “you are going to survive” was a journey of faith, hope, and fervent prayer by numerous brethren, plus the merciful grace of our loving God.
We were only half-way through our Summer Mission to India, but Dr. D. D. said, “You must get out of India…it is essential that you reduce your risk and not get Dengue Fever again or Malaria or any other disease from which you will not survive in your present weakened condition.” Following ten days in the hospital we needed no more motivation to return home, but Dr. D. D. had provided the added incentive. We left India three days later via Paris (where I had to rest for three days) and on to London where an additional rest stop, as recommended by Dr. D. D., was made.
The effects of Dengue Fever have lingered longer than I expected. Dr. D. D. said my leg muscles would likely be the last thing to recover and “that might take months or even years.” Here I would like to say, “I am doing mostly ok and am finally, after eight weeks, able to do a full day’s work. God has been gracious. Many have prayed for both Juanita and me, and God has heard you and raised me up from the deathbed. We are grateful.
During all this time Juanita was also a patient with me, and in the same hospital room. She had a burning fever but not Dengue Fever. In fact, though lab tests were performed, her fever was never diagnosed. She responded well to her medicines (which were little more than guesses—shall I say, “intuition” on the part of Dr. D. D.). She did require 5-6 days of care, and then it seems that the good doctor just thought it best that she remain in the room with me for the duration. I was so glad he did that! There’s no better medicine for a sick man than to have his loving wife with him.
No doubt you would like to know the cost of all the above. The total cost for two patients with all the lab tests you might mention, medicines, IVS, doctor’s bill, and ten days hospital bill in a room for two, was a total of $785.00 dollars. The LalithaSuperSpecialtyHospital, in Gunter, Andra Pradesh is well recognized, certified by a government qualified Indian Medical Agency, and with excellent equipment. Enough good cannot be said about their staff of nurses, doctors, and interns.
THE HOUR FOR REPORTING AND FUND RAISING IS LATE—WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Since 1978 I have not faced such a situation. Normally we do reporting and fund-raising from the third week of October until the first week of January. This year we cannot do that. On the job illness has taken both our time and our energy. Therefore, we must appeal to your understanding and ask for your patience with us.
We want desperately to see all of our supporters, but that cannot happen this year. Again, we are late getting on the road, and there are not enough Sundays and Wednesdays to get the job done. So we must appeal to you through this newsletter, telephone calls, e-mails, and any other creative way we can think of …though Juanita says she is not getting into a hot air balloon and waving a banner promoting our need for funds for the India work over the whole eastern USA! Please send me your ideas, we need help.
Allow me to simply say, we need your support for the India work. What you have done in 2012 is commendable. However, we have experienced some losses due to the economy and to at least four congregations losing members from moves and deaths. Please consider for 2013 continuing your help as an individual or as a congregation. If God has prospered your way we would ask that you consider increasing your gift to help make up our losses. The Apostle Paul urges us to remember our brethren in Macedonia:
Who voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints—and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us.
--2 Corinthians 8: 3-5
We plan to return to India leaving the USA on January 8, 2013. We have $27,000 dollars on hand and must raise $45,000 to meet our budget of $72,000 by December 31, 2012. The budget is ambitious, but realistic when we consider the growth of the work.
GOD GIVES THE INCREASE
January 1, 2012---October 29, 2012
|MEETINGS||BAPTISMS||NEW CONGREGATIONS BEGUN||DENOMINATIONAL PREACHERS CONVERTED|
Average number baptized per meeting = 1.
(My thanks are expressed to Ron Clayton, our co-worker, and to his office staff in Hyderabad who collect the Statistics from 25,000 Indian preachers in 15 states of India. The above figures are the combined results of our entire India Mission Team, and not my individual efforts alone, which again, are included with the reports of our entire Team of both Indian and full and part-time American workers.) To God is all the glory.
PAYING FOR “THE PIPER”
All of the above results were made possible by your prayers and monetary gifts. Mission work is our response to the Lord’s Great Commission, but it cannot be done without money…a lot of it. Someone has noted: “The Gospel is free, but we have to pay for the ‘piper’ ”.
Briefly, we must pay for our air-fares, hotels, and meals. Then there are the needs of Indian brethren who travel with us, serving as interpreters and organizers of campaigns for Christ—again costs involve hotels, meals, transportation, and a small “gift” for their work. There are larger outlays of cash for construction costs of church buildings and/or schools of preaching. Benevolence—eye glasses and payments for various life saving surgeries are often requested. We supply bicycles for preachers, and Bibles (printed in their native languages) which are purchased in India. This year, 2013, will see us print some 10,000 copies of a hardcover song book (which we have carefully and thoroughly edited over a period of four years) with hundreds of hymns written by our India brethren as well as favorite English songs which they have translated. Our new song book will be primarily in the Telegu language, but will also contain from 15-40 songs each in five other major native Indian languages as well. Printing of the songbooks will cost about 0.75 cents per book. Thanks for all you do.
INTRODUCING STEVE AND RENEE GAUDREAU
It is a great pleasure to inform you that brother and Sister Steve and Renee Gaudreau will be with us in India during January and February 2013. The Gaudreau are faithful members at the Manassas, Virginia Church of Christ (our sponsoring church and Eldership). They are both known for their knowledge of the Word of God, and for their ability to teach the Bible as well. Please be in prayer for them as they make this first journey of what we hope and pray will become a regular annual evangelistic effort of theirs to India. May the Lord bless them with a wonderful and productive work in His field that is white unto harvest?
Grace and Peace,
Jerris Bullard, Missionary
In Memory of Those Who Encouraged Our Work
|Albert Gardner||Kennet, Missouri|
Kushmawathi, wife of
long-time preacher, P. J. Joseph
|Bidar, Karnataka, India|
|Neil Lightfoot||Abilene, Texas|