Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Emails sent from my most recent India trip

Last day:
All,
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing you. I love the women somuch that it is hard to leave them. We had the Christmas celebrationon Friday. There were many women there. Around 300 I believe. Therewere many rumors going around the streets that if the women came theywould be forced to accept Christianity and there were some battlesbetween rival prostitute groups. I believe the ones that God ordained to be there were there. It was a powerful time. The women from Rahab's performed and our group performed and we were able to present our Pro Life information as well. David preached at the end and talked to them about their need for Christ. He said that it was an important life changing decision and not to take it on lightly. He then asked the women to stand that felt that they needed Jesus as their one and only God (an important distinction since Hindus will gladly accept Jesus to add to the gods they worship). All of the women stood and prayed. I find myself wondering how many were serious and then I realized that every one of them had a seed planted. I am sure many were saved that day, but even more have received life changing information that will be with them. Please pray for that seed to take root and that they will go to Rahab's to learn more.Another major development was that there were eunichs there, 40 total. In India a eunich can mean a few things 1) that they were taken at a young age and had rituals performed on them castrating them 2) they were born with male and female parts and they choose to keep the female parts and do away with the male or 3) that they are homosexuals living the lifestyle. Almost all of them were dressed like women. They have a very hard life and they came and stayed afterwards to learn more about Jesus. There will be a ministry starting here soon for the eunichs so it was of God that so many were there to hear about it. I will give more details about them in a later email.Yesterday we went to the Beullah home orphanage. What beautiful children. I have many pictures and stories to share about these precious ones that I will send later as well.I have to go and pack. I have MANY pictures that I cannot wait to share with all of you. Thank you so much for your prayers - you have made this trip possible. There were times when the spiritual warfare was fierce and I was thankful that I knew there were prayers being sent on our behalf.With a thankful heart,Amy


1/2 way through trip:
Dear Friends,I could not wait to write you. I knew you would want this update. Itis a long one, but worth the read (trust me, I left so many detailsout because there is just so much to share!)Today we went to Rahab's... the point of the time was sharing Jesusand a Pro-Life message with the ladies there (there are 4 ladies onthe trip that work at a Crisis Pregnancy Center in Gainesville).Abortion is a major problem in India because there is no value in lifeand there were 7 pregnant women there.The first Pro-Life woman shared how she had been molested ever sincethe age of 5 and how that impacted her life and how Jesus was able tocome in and heal her. Then she had pictures and shared about fetaldevelopment... and how a baby is a baby from conception. The womenwere amazed. Many of them would be shocked when their body would growand not know it was a baby until it was born (hard to believe I know,but the education level/mind development of most are around 2ndgrade). We gave them babies that are the size of real babies at 12weeks in the womb and lots of literature that was translated intotheir language.The second woman shared about how she had lived a promiscuouslifestyle and had an abortion and the guilt, depression and pain shefelt from that. Then she shared about Jesus and how He came to herand made her pure as snow. Many of the ladies were openly weeping atthis point.Then I spoke. I shared a story of how a young woman of 16 had to facea decison whether to give her baby life or abort her. I talked abouthow scary it would have been to have to make that decision and that inthe end she choose to give her baby life and that I was that baby. Ifshe had not chosen life, I could not be there to love them and sharethe story of Jesus with them. The ladies were surprised and so loving.The last woman spoke and shared a story about how she was given avision of Jesus. He was The Gate, irredecent and see through andthere were stairs leading up to Him and that we passed through Him toget to heaven. The ladies eyes were huge as they listened to thestory and in the end Wanda asked if anyone wanted to know Jesus. Atleast 4 women jumped up saying yes! When it was time to pray manymany women covered their heads and prayed along with the women whowere kneeling. Praise God!That was my morning - what a great one!Tonight we went to a home that serves as a tutoring location forchildren of the slums. They give them the only meal that they eat ina day and they love these children as their own - all 220 of them. Itis an amazing ministry that teaches these children about Christ andthey witness in their schools and with their families. It was ablessing beyond words to see and hear them.Well, I am winding down - I pray that all of you are doing well.Thank you so much for your prayers - Erin is in wonderful health nowand we are really enjoying eachother as a team. I am attaching a fewpictures so that you can see the ladies from this morning and some ofthe children.Until next time,AmyAmy ClackumThirty-One GiftsShop at my website: www.mythirtyone.com/

First day:
Hi Everyone,This will be my last update for a few days, but I wanted to let you know that we arrived safely in India early this AM.Today we were able to go to Rahab's and spend some time with the women.It is so great to see the familiar faces again... we listened to manyshare their story. One stands out in my mind as I sit tonight. She isan older woman who go up and shared about how she almost committedsuicide. We missed some in translation, but she was connected toRahab's Rope and decided that she wasn't worthless and that there werepeople who could care for her and a God that loved her. She choose tokeep her life and become a regular attender at Rahab's. She is nowreconcilled with her family and thankful for her life. What a blessing.Updated Prayer Requests:-Rest, we had a long night, getting home at 4:30 and then being up at 8.-Shanti - she is an "association" leader. Associations are kind oflike prostitute gangs. She consistently comes to Rahab's and knows allof the right answers, but it hasn't translated to her heart yet. Shehas "earned" her way up to "pimp" so that she no longer has to sell herbody, but she sets up younger prostitutes with men. She has told Vickithat she has "no tears". We are praying that God will provide her withtears that He can use to wash away the life she still chooses to live.The paradox of the situation is that she brings women to Rahab's... aplace where they can be free from prostitution. Please pray for God'slight to enter her situation.Thank you for your prayers, my hope is to be able to update you againbefore the trip is over.In His Glad Service,AmyAmy ClackumThirty-One GiftsShop at my website: www.mythirtyone.com/

On the way:
good morningwe are already in germany and the trip is off to a great start. thegroup is fun and i think we will mix well. please pray for erin, eversince getting on the plane she has exhibited signs of a bladderinfection... thank you for your prayers... i will write again as soonas i canAmy Clackum

About to leave:
Hi Everyone!I am leaving in the morning for India! I will arrive there at 2pmSaturday (which is 12:30 AM Sunday in India).Thank you for you prayers and support. You all mean more than I canshare with words. I will try to update you as soon as I am there (if atree doesn't fall on the Internet - a joke for those that receivedemails from our last trip).Specific prayer requests for now:-Travel into Bangalore-Teamship for the different ladies going-All bags arrive safely in BangaloreMore updates to come! Thank you again!Amy Clackum

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Rahab's has a website now!

Hi Guys,

Just wanted you to be able to see Rahab's new website... cannot wait to go!

http://www.rahabsrope.com/

Amy

Monday, September 25, 2006

An Update on why I am going to India

Hello Friends,

I wanted to give everyone more information about my upcoming India Trip. I am SO EXCITED. In Dec 2004 the first Christmas Celebration happened. The workers of Rahab's walked the streets talking to the Commercial Sex Workers inviting them to come and receieve a free meal. They did... over 100 women came to that first dinner. They gave them Saris which are the dresses they wear (and it is an honor to receive.) They came and heard about Jesus. This is the first time that they had ever heard of a man that didn't want to abuse or use them, just love them and He has already proven that through His death on the cross. This is what created the RR home where we went to visit in June 2005. Last Christmas (2005) they expected around 250 women to come... but over 500 did! It was an awesome time for RR and the women that want to come out of the horrible life of prostitution that they are a part of. I have NO IDEA how many people are coming this December... I CANNOT WAIT. I get to be a part of the tech team. Those of you that contacted me should have received a DVD of my last trip... hopefully I will be able to create one of those for this trip as well.

I am asking for prayer coverage. Please email me at aclackum@integrity.com with Prayer Coverage as the subject so that I can add you to a list of people that I want to email as I prepare and go to India.

As far as finances go... I am doing pretty good. I don't have all of it yet, but I am about 1/2 way there. If God lays it on your heart to give towards this trip, please contact me. I know that He will bring every penny in and bless the trip.

Sorry I haven't done a great job of keeping this up. Thank you for your friendship and love!

Amy

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Just a quickie!

We have moved!!! We are finally back in Rome, this is so exciting! Much is going on right now, and I am apparently not so good and keeping up with in on here, but for the most part here it goes:

Nathan has a new job
We have moved to Rome
I am still working for my christian counseling office but also selling 31 gifts (www.thrityonegifts.com - if you like something email me and let me know)
We are pregnant - JUST KIDDING, just seeing if you are reading closely :)
I am going back to India - I have my date setup for my next India trip. We will be going back this December 8-18, I cannot wait!

OK- I think that is everything for now. I hope that everyone is doing GREAT!

Amy

Monday, February 13, 2006

More Pictures of the Baby

Hello All,
I hope everyone is having a wonderful February 13th! I am excited because my hubby is taking me for our Valentines tonight! I wanted to post some more pictures of the baby since the other ones were not as fun. He is a blast, but we started having to lock him out of our room at night. He likes to cuddle, which is fine except that it wakes me up everytime he moves and he ends up scooting me right out of my side of the bed! Then to get up or down from the bed he uses Nathan's stomach as his trampoline... needless to say this had to stop :).

Here is our Dex...





Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Trying again...

Hello All,

I wanted you to see our newest kitty. His name is Dex (short for Dexter). He has already been called Dexi and Dexatrim - cuz he is a skinny little guy. I stopped by my Vets yesterday and ended up coming home with this one. I thought it might help to have a kitty around, but I have noticed that it makes me miss Dubya more. Dubya was so perfect... I mean never bit me, never clawed at me, never jumped on counter tops or hid from me. This kitty is much more normal I think... but it is hard to not compare him to mister perfect that I had before. Dex is still pretty nervous in his new home... he hides when I come in the room, but then will come out and greet me once he knows who it is. I had to get him out from behind the refridgerator this AM :). He hasn't posed for the camera quite yet, but once he is more comfortable I will get more shots loaded.