I Remember: Bonded Labor, Quicksand, and Good News for Thousands

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With simple, heart breaking detail, Das Maddimadugu recalls the joys and tragedies of his childhood in a destitute family of the untouchable caste, nearly sold into slavery, and "adopted" by a single Mennonite missionary woman. In her care, he was taught about Jesus' love and given the opportunity to discover his gifts for wide-ranging study, loyal friendship, community organizing, and dreaming redemption for those at the bottom of society's heap. The God "for whom nothing is impossible" used the moves of Das and...

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Overview

With simple, heart breaking detail, Das Maddimadugu recalls the joys and tragedies of his childhood in a destitute family of the untouchable caste, nearly sold into slavery, and "adopted" by a single Mennonite missionary woman. In her care, he was taught about Jesus' love and given the opportunity to discover his gifts for wide-ranging study, loyal friendship, community organizing, and dreaming redemption for those at the bottom of society's heap. The God "for whom nothing is impossible" used the moves of Das and Doris Maddimadugu's lives to weave together a network of friends in places like Vietnam, Newton, Kansas; Winnipeg; New Haven; Chicago; Korea; Taiwan; and Shanghai. This collaboration of friends has become an innovative partnership in Jesus' mission of "good news to the poor" for thousands of students, hundreds of orphans, a score of churches, and a series of disaster relief projects that have brought hope to the lives of countless persons on the margins, such as Das once was. On the wash line of his life story are hung colorful testimonies of a dozen mission partners in Asia and America that reflect on this innovative way of doing mission, following in the footsteps of indigenous leadership.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610978682
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/8/2012
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Introduction xiii

1 Childhood: Destitution, Survival, and a Second Mother 1

Famine and a Trek to Guntur

Volunteers on the Way to India Julia Guyer

Mother's Illness and Death

Begging with My Father

School, a New Mother, and a New Name

I Worked with the Buffalo

Stolen Lemons and a Snakebite

Excelling in My Studies

The Life of Helen Warkentin Larry Kehler

2 Youth: Agony of Discouragement and the Gift of Forgiveness 20

Anna Suderman Becomes My Sponsor

Humiliation of Being an Untouchable

Saved from Quicksand by an Angel

Weariness and Despair

Running Away

Repentance and Return

A Load Off My Heart

3 Young Adulthood: Survival, Ambition, and Service 30

One Year of Bible School

Lab Tech Training

Other Odd Jobs and an Honesty Test

I Meet Doris

Reflecting on Survival, Ambition, and Service

Taking Relief Supplies to Eastern Pakistan

Doris Tells Her Story: Julia Guyer and Andrea Buchanan

Serving with MCC in War-Torn Vietnam

"The War Child"

Our Friendship Goes Back Forty Years: Jeannie Stuckey

Marriage with Doris

Another Term in Vietnam and a Desperate Flight

"South China Sea-An Unknown Cause"

With MCC in Kansas and College at CMBC

Traveling Light: Mary and Luke Martin

Precious Times in India, Canada, and the USA Annie Janzen

4 Our Calling among the People Where I Was Raised 48

A Decade in Hyderabad

As a Mennonite Brethren Pastor in Hyderabad: Rev. P. Menno Joel

Village Evangelism Development Association

"I am That I am"

Informal Schools among Tribal People

Visit to a Tribal Night School Julia Guyer

Getting to Know the Tribal People

Mission Partnerships Formed

I Could Help You With Your Refrigerator Problem Joanne Janzen

Bindu Home for Orphans and Bonded Laborers

"My Mother"

5 Enlarging the Tent of Compassion 64

Building Up Schools at Devarakonda and Mallepalli

Thanks Ma: Esther Maddimadugu

Whitey-It's Natural to be Ashamed Julia Guyer

A Farm at Angadipet

A Visit to the Farm David Janzen

Planting and Supporting Churches

The Gift of Empathy Noni Johnson

Why Do You Come?

Witnessing to Our Faith David Janzen

Pastoral Seminars

An Ecumenical Seminar for Church Leaders Don Jacobs

Threats of Persecution

No Choice But to Do the Work God Has Given Us to Do Jeannie Stuckey

A Crisis Is Brewing David Janzen

Helping Others as We Have Been Helped

Taipei International Church Partners with Matilda

Education Society Gerry Cooper

Dental Team Visit from Taipei Robin Truslow

A Housing Project for Tsunami Survivors

Visiting Twenty Homes for Tsunami Victims David Janzen

Torrential Rains

6 Indigenous Ministry and the Power of Weakness 107

Here to Stay in the Face of Whatever Comes

Life Coming Full Circle? David Janzen

After Twenty-Two Years ... We Are Retiring but Not Quitting

Behold, I Do a New Thing David Janzen

"Peter, Peter"

Map of India 115

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