Update on Gary
Here is a letter from a high school classmate of mine (Peggy)...about a high school classmate of ours (Gary).
Gary is perhaps the most "successful" of all our classmates; he has devoted all his life to helping others less fortunate...mostly in Pakistan. Since Pakistan is the refuge of al Quaida, I see Gary living all these years with severe challenges to health and life, i.e. his own and his family. That is true dedication to mankind, and the teachings of Jesus.
If you knew Gary, you would sense how special he is; you would KNOW you are in the presence of a special servant of God. Help him if
Class mates of LHS '52:
I thought you would all like to hear the latest from Gary Letchworth. Of course, I don't know how much each of you gave but it sounds as if the class came very close to donating the $1500 Gary needed for the new generator. At any rate, he has it now and I am very proud of the Class of '52 for pitching in to help! We da bomb!
PS It sounds as if God has been testing Gary and I am certain He has not found him lacking!!
From: Gary Letchworth [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 6:51 PM
I am overwhelmed with your love, compassion and sacrificial gifts to help. We put out a plea for help in getting a generator installed due to the "load shedding" of electrical power. Some days, we have had power for only 8 hours in a 24 hour period. Many of you heard our cry and came forward with sacrificial help.
The generator and cable connections have been installed, and Iím writing this email on generator power, thanks to your prayers and gifts. With the contributions from you, and those of others, we received enough to wire four mission houses, the offices, and security lights. We also have enough left to wire the school (640 students) and girls hostel which houses 175 village girls. The well pump is also wired directly into the generator. The well water provides water for all of the above, plus irrigates the compounds. Water is a necessity of life out here since the annual rain fall is only about 2 to 4 inches a year. We have been here since January on this trip, and we have only had rain twice in all that four months. The city water is not pure and is unreliable, so we have had a well for many, many years. The temperature is over 100 each day on itís way to 135 in the middle of the summer. However, the humidity is only around 25 to 30%, so the heat is much more bearable. Nevertheless, we are not able to use air conditioners when the electricity is off and the generator is running. But, we do have ceiling fans which can be run on the generator power for which we are deeply grateful.
Joyce and I have had one bout of sickness after another. In January, Joyce was diagnosed with amebic dysentery and kidney infection. She became extremely dehydrated and had to be treated with intravenous feeding and medication. Her potassium level dropped to 2.5, and at 1.5, a person dies. After much prayer and treatment, she recovered wonderfully. A few weeks later, we both contracted a flu bug that lasted for four weeks. While under the weather with the flu, our cook became seriously ill with typhoid fever, and shared it with us. We spent the next few weeks being treated for typhoid. We just received word from our Mission Hospital lab that there is no sign of typhoid in our systems for which we are deeply grateful. The 14 day treatment was successful. Praise the Lord! However, the lab results revealed that we both now 0have tape worms. So, last evening, we started a round of medication to eradicate that malady. The treatment is two tablets a day for three days, and after two weeks, another round to eradicate any eggs that might have hatched out in the meantime.
We have come to the conclusion that Satan is really upset with the progress we are making in ministry, and is attacking us physically. Only eternity will reveal all that has been accomplished in the past two years. We have seen over 2,000 pray with us for Godís Free Gift of Eternal Life, trained 11 pastors and church leaders in personal evangelism, built three pastor houses, one complete church, put roofs on three other churches, purchased land for five churches plus land for another pastor house, funded four seminary students for theological education, negotiated with the Pakistan government to de-nationalize our mission schools that were taken from the Mission 35 years ago during the reign of Benazir Bhuttoís father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, etc, etc. Last Friday, after 16 trips over the past year to the Education Department in Lahore, plus pressure from the Consul General of the US Consulate in Lahore, who has been a great help to me, the final negotiation was completed for the return of four of the ten nationalized schools,. Next Monday, April 28, I have an appointment with the Secretary of Education in Lahore, at which time the official documents for the handing over of the schools on June 9, are to be received. Please pray with me that there will not be another delay.
We have tickets to return to the States on May 14, but Joyce plans to return alone, and Iíll stay until after the handing over of the schools in June. We plan to spend the hot summer months resting and fund raising, and plan to return to Pakistan for continued ministry in September, the Lord willing. Thank you again for your prayers for us and for all you do to help us get the job done for which God has called us. May the Lord reward all of you with good health and long life.
Your servant for Jesusí sake,
Knox Home Compound
"Education has been given us from above for the purpose of bringing to the benighted the knowledge of the Savior. If you knew the satisfaction of performing a duty, as well as the gratitude to God which the missionary must always feel in being chosen for so noble and sacred a calling, you would feel no hesitation in embracing it. For my own part I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office. People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?"
/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.