Attack on the streets of Palani!

I thought that I had prepared Betty for every aspect of international travel. However, what happened today she was totally

unprepared for. Over the years she has learned to live in bug-infested rooms, with cold showers, using holes in the ground 
for toilets, geckos screaming in the middle of the night, moldy beds, & even vipers. Today as we took a walk to town via an
extended bridge, which is also used as a toilet, I spotted a young wannabe sadhu dressed in orange with long ratty hair, 
whose claim to fame was 3 pet monkeys. I gave him 10 rupees, 24 cents, to take his photo. He motioned to Betty to come
and sit by the female monkey at his side. All 3 monkeys–the parents and the baby–were staring at her. As Betty walked away,
I noticed the baby and said, “Betty, look at the baby!” That was a long enough pause for the male monkey to lunge at her with 
his mouth wide open and attaching himself to her ankle. She let out a scream that was heard at both ends of the bridge! The 
sadhu moved quicker than he had most days in his life and reined in the monkey with the chain around its neck. By then the
damage was done; Betty was monkey bit! The sadhu reached into a secret compartment somewhere in his clothing and 
extracted a small vial of secret oil, pouring some in my palm to rub on her wound. Beyond that he seemed unconcerned.  
We went to the chemist for peroxide and bandaids. The chemist insisted–repeatedly–that we go immediately to the hospital
for an immunization. He was not a stranger to people in India’s being bitten, and we found out that being monkey bitten in 
India is akin to being bitten by a vampire in the sense that their bites are associated with rabies. We took an auto rickshaw
down the street to the government hospital. They WERE efficient; we got right in! The doctor highly recommended the shot.
We agreed after his insistence, and then we were told that the serum only comes when there are enough people bitten. 
It takes five people! Fortunately, Betty’s being the fifth, meant that they would have the serum there in the morning. So at
8 a.m. tomorrow, we are to go back to the hospital, and I suppose stand in line with those frothing at the mouth who were
bitten earlier! We will keep you posted. Please see associated photos after the article below.


Acknowledged Intelligence and Creativity Is The End Of Intelligence and Creativity!
 
I Corinthians 3:18, Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise.
 
I must admit that I love the way God works. There is the world and there is God. There is my perception, from my “earth” suit, and then there is His. I probably enjoy this the most in my own life from being an “international speaker.” Can you imagine such folly on the part of God? Michael Wells, a published author! What a joke. That very thought to those who knew me growing up (probably until age 30) would have evoked a justifiable laugh. Add to the mix that it is the support team that makes it possible for me to be like the donkey on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem as I travel from country to country (the singing and palm leaves were not for the donkey). Actually, the donkey has it over me on many counts not worth mentioning. You know me and I see no difference between the believer that published a book and the one that did not, or between the preacher of a “mega church” and the one with five worshippers attending his meetings. This much, despite my stupidity, I have gotten right. What happens is not about man; it is about Jesus. I just wanted to make a point to my friends. I have a witness, and the witness is that I have seen God witness THROUGH me to something He has spent years bringing to the forefront in a believer’s life. I have witnessed the life-changing impact of a witness to the witness of the Holy Spirit. As far as I know, I have not believed that I created anything but merely witnessed to it. This is to say, again, that I (pray for me) will never forget my place in the spiritual “food chain.” In one way, I could say, “support those with larger meetings and more spectacular reports.”  But honestly, you support ALMI because we reach the weak and the remote with a witness of hope. The point is that much has been done in the lives of believers that, when looking back, we realize we had very little to do with; we were merely a witness to what God was doing. We know that if He gets all the glory then He does all the work. However, here is what I often see: Recognized creativity and intelligence in one’s self is the end of creativity and intelligence in one’s self, for God is only Creative to the one that does not know what to do and gives wisdom to the foolish. If we truly want to remain wise and creative in our lives, we must constantly acknowledge that we are not wise and creative and we need His wisdom and His creativity. I promise that this will change life, marriage, parenting skills, work ethics, and more. When boasting that WE had a revelation, that WE were wise, and that WE watched lives turned around, WE are done! Period! It is a spiritual absolute. When I see men take credit and copyright a revelation of God, it is the last one they will have; they have proven they are not to be trusted with the talents that are given. They bury their talent.
 
God does give revelation to man, but I must repeat, GOD gives revelation to man, and if that revelation helped you with your family, do not make a program around yourself. Let me expand on this. Let us say that you are talking to someone that KNOWS about the government, he KNOWS everything that is happening. He KNOWS about the news media and KNOWS about what the world leaders are up to. He KNOWS all about abortion, gay rights, people’s thinking, and more. He KNOWS. Well, how would you have a conversation with someone that KNOWS? I would like to know how he KNOWS so much about things that are hidden from the rest of us. Then based on the “absolute” of what he KNOWS, he has a solution. This is really amazing to watch. Here is a statement that I really marvel at: “It is KNOWN that Christians are a people of hate and bigotry.” My, someone needs to double up on the pink pills the doctor gave him. He KNOWS that Christians are a people of hate? When believers in the U.S. alone gave 500 billion in aid around the world, when believers fight against slavery, when believers fight oppression, when believers want the best for a pregnant fourteen-year-old in Haiti? I could go on, but why? The someone’s of the world “KNOW.” Then when they happen to get trapped in a corner because of the illogic of what they “KNOW,” they really do not KNOW, and my statement is that they have been driveling all along if they do not really KNOW but have been telling me all along how they really FEEL. Jesus KNEW, and I would sit at his feet, but for all these people who KNOW, why in the world would I sit at their feet? Is God telling them each night what is happening around the world? Definitely there is a “knowing” in the spirit.  All I “know in the spirit” is that Jesus is the Way and every other way is not the way. However, when talking to someone who “KNOWS” all there is to know about man, I shift to a different topic to keep from going mad. I do not know how shellfish grow. I do not know how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. I do not know why a hippo hates fires. There is so much that I do not know that maybe he will know about!

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