It is 31st December 92 and I am sitting on my dining chair in my small 2-bedroom apt in America, and I was just recollecting all that took place back home in India which made it possible for us to be in the USA today. Then it occurred to me that there were so many incidents of triumph, answers to prayers, fights with the devil and victories over them, that I should not hold them in my memory alone but put it in writing. So, I decided to write them down and maybe one day, this could help someone to know that our God is alive and real It all began in august 91 when one morning Raj told us that we will be going to America so he could do his theological training and get in to full-time ministry. This sounded like a joke or a dream but when things started moving, I knew that this was serious stuff and Raj really meant business. The church – MCC and Pastor Chinnadurai were behind 100% with all our plans and stood with us in prayer. At this stage it would be unfair no to mention the Chinnadurais’ involvement in our lives. They dealt patiently with us, spiritually guiding us and brought us to a stage where we could boldly trust God and be completely dependant on Him for everything. Sunday after Sunday, the teachings from the word made us all grow stronger in our faith and prayer became the first priority in our daily lives. So we began praying for God’s guidance and to really confirm that we were on the right track. It was at this stage when we were confused to choose the right college when God brought the Gnaniahs into our midst and after talking to them and praying we felt peaceful about applying to Biola University in Los Angeles, California. The paper work began in full swing. Raj was rushing up and down acquiring all his certificates. We applied for our passports and photographs were taken. We had to accomplish a few things before entering the USA. Raj had to write the TOEFL exam, pay the first semester fees - $3000, get sponsors for $25,000, get our visas, and above all, we required Rs.85, 000 to buy our tickets to enter the “land of opportunities.” We had thought of informing our relatives and friends about our plans, once we had proof that we were really leaving India, but God did not want it that way, so one day in our Saturday bible study, we made the announcement. They were shocked, surprised and though they prayed for our plans, I am sure most of them thought that were just not serious. Prayer played a very important role in all our efforts. Every small detail or plan and letter was taken and sent with prayer. Prayer helped us to lean more on God rather than man. We acquired everything. Raj passed his TOEFL with flying colors (600) with lots of prayer and fights with the devil, the Lord have us victory in getting our passports. Our great friend, Samson (Kuwait) agreed to send the dollars to the college, which would be re-reimbursed, to him after the sale of our computer center. We got the transfer certificates from the children’s schools, which was indeed a major step in our faith because we still had not got our visas. Getting visas for our family was a very big question mark because everyone informed us that they will no issue visas for the four of us. So we did not get any encouraging news from our friends and family. There arose doubt in our minds “Will we get our visas? What if we are denied? All our efforts will go to waste. How will we face our friends and relatives” All these questions disturbed us. I remember the remarks that Raj made once or twice like “I wish we had not started all this. I am doing this for you all. Are you sure we will go?” I had my own fears but deep inside, I was surprised to find our that I had great confidence that God was going to solve everything for us, seeing that He undertook for us so many things in an amazing manner, especially the Rs.12, 000 that we needed to pay for our visas was miraculously met by the help of our relatives. I will always cherish those precious hours spent with Raj in our bedroom in India (144) discussing things about God and the way He worked in different circumstances. My spiritual knowledge increased by God’s intervention and His spirit within me built a deeper desire to read and understand God’s word in a new perspective. We prayed holding hands, claiming God’s promises, fighting Satan’s schemes and winning victories in the name of Jesus. The great day arrived when we received our I-20 form and proceeded to Madras to get our visas. Our hearts were beating faster than usual as we were standing in line in Madras outside the US Embassy and the time came for us to see the person who was going to interview us. After talking to us and asking a few questions, he completely denied still looking at our papers and shaking his head, but we continued praying and Raj prayed aloud “Dear Jesus, do something now.” At that moment, the man was distracted by a girl behind him and for a few seconds he was talking to her and as he turned around to talk to us again, we could see a complete change of expression on his face and the tone of his voice became softer and then Raj said to him “God will bless you – if you grant the visa.” The guy smiled and replied “I do not know whether God will bless me, but I am taking a big chance on you guys.” Oh how relieved we were that God heard and answered our prayers and performed this great miracle right before our eyes and moreover sealing it with His confirmation that we are on the right road. We had lots of work to do now but the devil did not like what was happening and brought in lot of obstacles in our way by not letting our computer center be sold. We continued to trust God and He intervened and the place was sold just 2 days before we left. Everything worked out ok after that and here we are in La Mirada, California. Once again, I do owe a lot of gratitude to my husband for my spiritual strength. It was he who brought me to the Lord and time after time taught me truth from the scriptures. God has been wonderful to us even now in a strange land. God brought the Hurlberts in our lives and they helped us in getting settled down in his house which is closed to Biola and children’s school. They helped us a lot and paid $200 difference which we would have lost when we moved here. They took me and the girls to get admitted in their schools. They also helped through their church get a few things like couches, dining table, chairs, and chest of drawers and kitchen items. They are wonderful people and angels sent from above. Now I want to illustrate all the miracles that took place from September 92 onwards. September 92: 1. Raj applied for a computer job at the university and was rejected as the place was filled. We prayed and left everything to God and a month later he was hired for the same job. 2. We did not have enough money to pay the next month’s rent and no groceries in the house. Raj went to find out at Biola if there was any money left after his tuition fees. He was informed that there was $1000 in his account. He was surprised but knew God had yet worked another miracle and hence from that day we have not missed paying rent or starved even for a day. He has been providing. December 92: 3. It was my birthday and we did not have any extra money to spend. The Gnaniahs invited us over for dinner and presented me with a beautiful sari. 4. Veena’s b’day: The Hurlberts surprised us with a lot of groceries from the church. They even brought some chicken, cake mixes and other things to celebrate her birthday. Lynn Miller gave her a beautiful skirt and blouse for her. 5. One morning we were praying that God would give us some money to buy a few winter clothes. Our Korean neighbor (Myangjoo) who had just returned from Korea came up that same morning and gave us a lot of woolen clothes, socks, undergarments, stockings and umbrella and gave us $200 for our expenses. Isn’t God great? 6. Raj’s professor have lot of dresses fro me and the girls and 2 beautiful comforters. 7. The Rajasekarans brought a bunch of sweaters for Raj and the children and $50. 8. Reuben and Packiam presented Raj with a beautiful ready made shirt for X’mas. 9. The Gnaniahs and Hurlberts bought lot of Indian groceries and gave it to us for X’mas. 10. Raj was allowed to work 40 hrs a week during winter vacation (Dec 8 – Jan 31.) January 93: 11. An anonymous donor mailed a gift check for $150 as a X’mas present and sicne Raj also worked overtime and earned extra money, he bought a Yamaha Keyboard for the girls as a X’mas gift. 12. God enabled us to pay the rent and all bills for these five months that we have been here. 13. We have been praying that God will provide us with $4200 towards Raj’s tuition. Praise the Lord, till now He has provided for us $3500 form the college student Financial Aid Fund. We know that He will take care of the balance amount too. 14. A member of the Florence Ave Foursquare Church has given us a car 1976 Datsun to use until we leave California. 15. Raj got his driving license. February 93: 16. Ethel Azariah presents Raj with a new shirt. 17. Raj’s tuition fees have been paid by the college. Praise God! March 93: 18. Raj worked 8 hours a day and the salary was paid without any problems. April 93: 19. Raj’s boss and collegue pay for the car insurance and money to be sent to Premakka, Jeymani amma and others May 93: 20. Patty Mickley drives me to the DMV for my written test and praise God. I pass. June 93: 21. Raj and Dave Young teach me to drive the car. Praying for God’s strength and boldness to learn driving. July 93: 22. Raj is having a tough time with Dave at work. I am praying for God to intervene and give patience to Raj to deal with the situation. Confide in Ralph. August 93: 23. Dave presents Veena and Leelu with $100 for the back to school purchases. 24. Ray and Terry buy and whole year’s stationery for the girls. 25. God answered prayer and Dave and Raj worked out things at work. 26. Raj’s scholarship comes through but praying for the balance of $475 from Mesghina to be given which is under debate 27. Raj’s full tuition fees are covered through different sources at Biola. 28. Praise God for everything that He is doing in our lives. September 93: 29. Leelu’s bday: She is 13 today. Praying for God’s protection and guidance all her life 30. Pastor Ralph and Patty call us to talk about some problems with one of the members of the church. We pray for God’s wisdom to bring about peace and unity. 31. Raj’s friend, Jody, gave a lot of clothes and sweaters for us. 32. Helping in the nursery at Granada Heights Friends Church on Wednesday mornings. October 93: 33. Raj celebrates his 43rd birthday 34. I have been praying for some good fitting jeans and pants and a good pair of shoes and my prayers were answered when Theresa gave me all I wanted including a new pair of walking shoes. December 93: 35. God helped me celebrate my 41st birthday and Raj presented me a camera – an earthly possession which I always desired. 36. Ray and family surprise us with a beautiful Christmas tree with all the ornaments. God cares and knows the desires of our hearts. 37. The girls are away on a youth convention at Long Beach. Raj and myself enjoyed our time together. He took me out to eat (which I love.) January 94: 38. Raj’s semester fees are paid and also $150 is sanctioned to purchase books. 39. Doris’ m-in-law gave me a new watch when she found out that my old one was not working. May 94: 40. After 2 attempts in my driving test I got my driving license and purely by the grace of God. 41. Raj is recognized and awarded for a “person who has distinguished himself in meaningful interpretation and public reading of the scriptures.” 42. Rex took us to downtown LA. June 94: 43. Dave again gave us $400 towards insurance. 44. Leelu goes to Disneyland with her school (HMS) 45. Veena receives a letter from Who’s Who Among American High School Students and in nominated for an important award. 46. Raj’s friend gave him a check for $50 (JC Penney gift certificate) to buy 2 good pants. 47. Jim Scott and Jerry from Foursquare Head office visit us over lunch at our house and discuss about the possibility of opening up a South East Asian Church in Artesia among the Indian community. We are praying that God will use us wherever He wants us. July 94: 48. 5th: Just when Raj was wondering what would happen if the foursquare church accepted his proposal – which meant his status as a student changes and all the scholarships from Talbot will be discontinued – he received information that the Lamb’s foundation has agreed to give Raj full tuition fees till he completed his semester. 49. 8th: We are walking around the shopping area in Artesia and visited one shop owned by a sardar ji 50. 17th: We are invited to the Foursquare church in Artesia by George Shearer. The pastor talked to us and surprised that they have been praying for someone to come up and evangelize the people of India living in Artesia, Cerritos and Norwalk. Looks like God is moving. 51. 19th: Raj had to undergo a minor surgery to lance oru a cyst on his back that was badly infected. Leelu suffers from a severe fever and shivering. We felt a satanic attack on our family and at once prayed and bound the demons in Jesus’ name. August 94: 52. 12th: We shift to our new 3 bedroom apt on the ground floor right down the street. It is beautiful and God provides for us through friends 53. We have been faithfully visiting Artesia every week. We met a Hindu couple (Arun and Punitha) who gave us a few addresses and phone numbers. We met 2 roman catholic families – Ashok & Latha and their son Ajay and Sekar and Pamela. We at this time get a call from Washington D.C. asking Raj to come for an interview. Why now?? Is this from God? We talk and pray as a family over dinner. Veena suggests that we ask Him for a sign and Leelu says “let the sign be that hair grows on daddy’s head.” We receive a call from Ashok inviting us to dinner and we are peaceful about staying here. September 94: 54. 2nd: Ashok and his family are lovely people who have been exposed to God’s goodness and faithfulness. We enjoy their fellowship. 55. 10th: Ashok’s family come over for dinner and they bring us a coffeemaker and t- shirts as gifts. God knows our needs and provides for us. 56. 16th: We meet Sekar and Pamela in their home. Praying for God’s power to move in their lives. 57. 17th/18th: We have our first home bible study with Ashok’s family. 58. Pastor Bill gives us a gift of $200. 59. We meet another Hindu lady – Sarojini Devi. I called her and she talked to me in Hindi and shared her problems. She believes in Jesus. 60. 25th: Raj speaks in TCC (Heb 11:6) Bill asks the congregation for a special offering for us. The Lord is good. October 94: 61. 15th: Raj now officially ordained as Pastor for the Indian church November 94: 62. 1st: Raj thinks that we should campaign for the church by advertising and asking for financial support but I am not peaceful. A few days later, Jerry Vaughn calls Raj informing him that John Watson has agreed to pay us $500 monthly for at least 8 months. Isn’t He wonderful? 63. 5th: Our car breaks down and it will cost $300 to fix. We are now without a car. We pray and call a few friends. John Starr prays with us on the phone that God will provide a good, automatic A/C car. 64. 7th: Dave Pott calls and informs us that he was at Hilltop Church when John shared our need for a carl He told us that just recently that his boss had given him a new car as a bonus and he had been thinking what he should do with his other one. When John spoke, Hod hit him on his head, he says, and told him to give the other car to us. He came over and handed us over the 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra, a very modern car with everything. We never expected so much but God is good and we praise Him. 65. 18th: We begin our official bible study at TCC. May God bless us as we minister to these lost people of India. January 95: 66. 7th: Veena suggested a few days ago that I needed to buy Tide with bleach (laundry detergent). Today, Myangjoo and family came to visit us and guess what they bought for us? Yes – Tide with Bleach. God gives us the desires of our heart. 67. 17th: Raj goes to register and every semester we had to wait to know where the scholarship money was going to come from. But this time it was all paid for and there was excess of $2000 in his account. 68. 24th: Raj shares a dream God telling him to go to Washington D.C. We are not sure whether this is from God or just his supposed imagination. When we called Washington, he was informed that they were still looking for a permanent pastor and would let us know when everything is finalized. 69. 25th: I cut my thumb on the vegetable cutter. Raj takes the day off and helps me with the chores. Veena and Leelu also help me a lot. Thank God for a loving family. February 95: 70. 1st: The Lord provides all the money we need to buy a very good new computer. It is a latest Mac with a cd player too. 71. 21st: We experience a severe thunderstorm and lightning early this morning around 5:30 am. We prayed the Lord’s prayer together. March 95: 72. 22nd: I experience my first shock while driving and hitting another car on our street. Praise God he saved Veena and myself. God worked out all the details beautifully and all is well. April 95: 73. 1st: Raj shares about how God gave Isaac back to Abraham because of his obedience and God is giving us back this Indian church. 74. 8th: Raj calls Washington and we get a clear response that God wants us to continue here. I am sure that He will help us in this work. May 95: 75. 27th: Raj graduates with high honors. We planned a big party. The Lord provided the money for us through the church TCC. Pastor Bill raised up $685. It was a grand affair. Many Hindu friends turned up. They heard the message when Dr. Alexander spoke. May the Lord work on the hearts and minds of these people. We were not sure how we were going to live with Raj not having a regular job but we knew our Lord had plans for us and He will provide. The Foursquare church head office which was supporting us $500 per month 5 and extended their support till December 9 increased their amount to $1100. June 95: 76. 4th: Raj teaches the adult Sunday school at TCC for 4 weeks. 77. 8th: Raj and myself go to Riverside Foursquare church with Ralph and Patti to get the church license for Raj. 78. 15th: Raj applied for a job at ECCU but God closed that door. He has great plans for us. 79. For the past few months, Leelu has been having problems with her French teacher. We prayed with her that God will take control of the situation and that Leelu will learn to submit to authority and that the teacher too will work out their differences in a good atmosphere. A few weeks later, Leelu comes rejoicing that the French teacher has resigned and leaving never to come back. 80. 17th: Reuben and Packiam come in to our lives and they promise to be with us as we reach the Indian community. 81. 24th: The Lord shows us a good lawyer (Kumar) through Reuben for our green card. May the Lord help us. July 95: 82. We are trying all methods to go and reach the Hindus and Muslims but nothing seems to be working. We are praying for God’s infinite wisdom for us to use the right methods. 83. Praying that God will provide a part time job for Raj, if it is His will. August 95: 84. 8th: Somebody broke into our car, smashed the driver’s side window and stole the car phone. Why did God allow this? We do not know. Pastor Bill called and when Raj told him about it he said he would pay the money for fixing the glass window. 85. 10th: Raj frantically applies for jobs sending his resume by fax to different employment agencies. In the evening we are invited by Mark and Tammy for dinner. Mark recommends Raj join APU where there is a vacancy for a computer programmer. Calls are made and Raj goes fro an interview the next day. Monday they call him and say that he will get the job but he has to write a test as a formality. They say they are going to pay him $3000 per month with all extra benefits. We are praying for God’s will to be done in this matter that He will guide us and give us peace that we are following the right direction. 86. 16th: Raj writes a test for computer programs at APU and scores 75%. November 95: 87. 24th: Call from Samson (Canada) that Amma had a stroke and her right side was paralyzed due to blood clot in the brain. She is now in the hospital and on the respirator. I am praying that God will take her home and not let her suffer anymore. 88. 28th: Raj shares Gen 15:2&6 as a promise from God about our green card and church. 89. 29th: Amma died this morning. They took her to Bangalore. Sheila and myself were the only 2 children could not go to India. It was very hard on me to accept the fact that my mother was not alive anymore. I am not sad that she died but that I was not there to see her face for the last time to bid her good-bye. I thank God that she now with Him. December 95: 90. 2nd: We have a memorial service for Amma at TCC. 35 of our friends participated and shared in my grief. Pastor Ralph and Bill shared the message and the good news went across to our non-Christian friends. April 96: 91. Praying that God will provide us $800 for INS fees for green card process. 92. Prayer answered. We had $450 in the bank and we needed another $350. We received the amount by mail. It was a tax refund from the California state. May 96: 93. We do not have enough money to pay the rent for June. The money from the church got delayed. We received yet another tax refund for $840 in mail. God is wonderful, isn’t He? June 96: 94. Leelu gets a job at the Palms. 95. 20th: Veena graduates high school from LMHS with high honors. 96. 22nd: Graduation party goes off very well. God is glorified. July 96: 97. Veena also gets a job at the Palms. October 96: The Foursquare church financial support stopped this month, which means that we will be losing a great amount, but God has not disappointed us at any time. He will open up new doors. Raj writes a letter to IFSC saying that he would like to resign from his pastorship but still preach and teach in different churches. Veena needs $700 as tuition fees and pray that God will provide. God is opening up teaching jobs for Raj at APU in both the computer field and the school of theology. Praying that God will help us to make the right choice. Raj is also pursuing D.Min hope this education and being a student again will give him joy and bring him back to where God really wants him to be. 12th: Rev. Reinhardt calls from Canada to talk to Raj. December 96: Drive up to Phoenix, Arizona for a two day reunion with Jim and John, Sheila and Athan. January 97: We decide that Veena should attend APU and stay in the dorm as all her tuition and other fees are paid through Cal Grant and Staff Institutional Aid. We praise God that the financial problem has been taken care of for the girls. May 97: 6th: Interview for green card 8th: Raj’s passport stamped. Praise God! Waiting for our passports to be stamped! June 97: 9th: Leelu will be taking her driving test. She did not get through and both Raj and Leelu were upset that whole day. 19th: Veena and Leelu are involved in a car accident on La Mirada. Praise God no one was hurt. Our car was damaged in and around the bumper. We pray for God’s provision to repair the damages. 20th: We help the Syed family with Sameena’s graduation party. Veena was MC and Leelu sang a song with her guitar. 24th: Raj gets an offer to be promoted as Director at SCC. Veena says it is ok with her. 26th: Raj takes a leave of absence to take the car to the dealer for repairs and also talk to Jerry of SCC for an interview this afternoon at 2pm. Raj is not happy and peaceful. 27th: Everything is cleared up regarding APU and SCC as Ken offers to give Raj a raise this September. Praise God! July 97: 6th: Raj receives his official green card by mail. We are still awaiting ours. 8th: Jerry from SCC is still calling Raj and they are negotiating about a possible job there. They are even willing to give 75% tuition for Veena. So again we pray for God’s wisdom and guidance. 14th: Veena gets her college algebra summer class at Fullerton JC. It was worth waiting. 16th: Raj has an interview with VP of SCC and is offered $47,500 per year and full tuition benefits for Veena. We do not know what His plans are but we sure will after some years. August 97: 1st: Raj joins duty at SCC 22nd: Veena leaves home for the dorm. Sam and Tim visit us from Canada October 97: Trip to St.Louis December 97: Leelu gets more money because of inconvenience law. $150 bonus for Raj. $210 for teaching at Granada. Manickam athan died. Leelu gets license I was sick on Christmas Eve. We prayed and was healed and spent Christmas with Sekar family (Hannah’s first Christmas) New Year’s Eve spent with Syed family overnight at Covina. February 98: Raj offered new position as Chief of Information Systems with more salary. Everything works out well and he is appointed for this new status. April 98: After many visits to the INS office, God intervened and through the help of a Good Samaritan officer called Paul Lovingood who stamped our passports for green card. Praise God. His timing is perfect. May 98: We have been looking for homes at Costa Mesa fro the past 3-4 months now. Yesterday (May 27), I go with Raj to SCC and meet Larry (broker) who shows us many houses, but we like one home on Harbor Blvd and felt led to go ahead and proceed. Calls were made, loans were pre-approved. Today (May 28) Raj will be signing the official papers to give an offer of $190,000. Praying that if it is God’s will that all will go smoothly. June 98: 463 Princeton Dr. Costa Mesa is officially our house now. Paper work and formalities are in process and we thank God for giving us peace and joy in our hearts to move in to our home. It is a dream come true. Veena and Leelu pitch in their share of money they worked all summer towards expenses for the home. Praise God for such loving and understanding children. May the Lord bless them. This month is hectic. We are packing and Leelu is getting ready to graduate on the 16th of June. We have the graduation party on Sunday the 21st of June at TCC. July 98: 2nd: We have successfully moved into our house leaving La Mirada behind us after 6 years. We are relaxed but so much unpacking and arranging to be done before Steven and Preetha visit us on the 20th of July. Washer, Dryer and Gas have arrived and so life began for me. 18th: Leelu is all packed to go to her trip to France. Veena and I dropped her off at Miss V’s house and bid her farewell. 19th (12:00 Midnight): Door bell rings and guess who’s standing at the door – it’s Leelu with all her bag and baggage. We were shocked to see her back. What happened? Well, we were all so smart that we forgot the most important formality – we forgot to get her the visa to France and so they sent her back. We were all having mixed emotions and I couldn’t sleep all night and prayed that God will somehow open up the door for her to get her visa and she could go back. Leelu was so calm and cool on the outside but I bet she was torn inside because this was her dream which she was planning the whole year. 20th: In all this turmoil on 19th night, Veena was peacefully sleeping and woke up to find out what had happened and she felt bad for her sister. Well, all said and done, we started working on how to get her back on the plane and so started making calls to the French Embassy as Veena and I had to go pick up Steven and Preetha. Steven was happy that he could see Leelu at least for a day. Everything went well at the embassy and we just had to get the parents letter notarized and Miss V called and arranged for reasonable plane tickets for her. This was extra money but bless Veena’s heart, she have all the money that she had towards the ticket and the next day Veena and I both got her into the plane back to Paris via Frankfurt and we were so relieved that all had gone well but I was still scared as she was going alone and was happy once she called to say that she had joined the group. All this really amazed me to think that my sweet little baby has ventured out on her won without any fear trusting God all the way and I can say now we as parents have done a good job on these two precious gifts. 27th: Steven and Preetha leave. We had a fairly good time and glad that they made the effort to come and see us. 29th: Chandran surprised us with his visit for a day. August 98: 2nd: Leelu returns safely from her trip and God’s protection was with her all the time she was there and she felt that it was He who kept her safe on the day she got lost which was a frightening ordeal for her and the group. 22nd: Both the girls move in to their college dorms and are going to begin another academic year. God has been providing all the necessary funds for them to study thre almost free and we thank Him for taking Raj ther for them to have their benefits. October 99: 8th: As you can see that I have missed almost a year of writing in my diary and maybe its because of smooth sailing or sheer laziness on my part. A lot has happened in the last few months. We were able to refinance our house for a low interest rate and consolidate our credit cards. Leelu went on a trip with her theater group to Dogshed, North Carolina for 1 and a half months and enjoyed a very blessed and fruitful time with the church group and ministering to the kids. After her safe return, both the girls got ready to leave for their mission trip to India for a month. While they were there we decided to get rid of the old car and get a new one. So we went ahead – way ahead and bought a brand new 1999 Toyota Camry. We sold the Oldsmobile to Caesar and the Mercury Sable to Kareema. We still have the Buick. Since we had the new car, we wanted to drive it all the time and so we planned a road trip to San Jose – San Francisco and return via PCH. I know Raj is not pleased with the idea of driving and visiting. His idea of a vacation is staying home, lazing around, sleeping and not taking a shower!!!! But of course he is a loving and caring husband and would love to please his wife’s desires and so made the sacrifice and took me on this wonderful trip. We stayed at Latha and Ashok’s home in San Jose and had a very relaxed time. Veena returned safely from India and decided on the morning of the MCAT exam that she was not going to write the exam after all even though that was the reason she came ahead of Leelu. I was surprised and shocked but Raj kept his cool and agreed with her. A week later Leelu also came back safely and for the next 2 days we were just talking about their trip. Leelu went with her dad and got a new 1999 Pontiac Sunfire for herself as she was going to pay for it. Veena keeps the Buick a while until she can also buy a new car. Everything seemed to be going well when suddenly one day our peace is shaken by Jay (Raj’s employee) who seems to be having some problems with Raj’s administration and authoritative figure and the matter reaches to a level of the Human Resources. It settles down for a while and this time it begins with serious allegations (which are false) and he is creating a very tense atmosphere in the IS dept. He is not on speaking terms with Raj. I have not seen him so upset and tensed but God’s grace sustains all of us. We prayed as a family and are now at a stage where Raj will have to leave this job. November 99: Raj has planned to resign his job at VU with conditions to continue the free education for Veena and Leelu till they graduate. God worked wonderfully and everything was settled. Raj began applying for jobs and posting his resume on the internet came across a very expensive, but reliable company, that get jobs for people at Raj’s position. God was with us throughout the process and finally with a few interviews he accepted the job at KAPCO on 20th December. December 99: Raj starts working at KAPCO. He has to commute for 20 mins but he is enjoying it. There is great fear and concern about Y2K and we have already filled up the garage with non-perishable and canned goods, etc. The whole thing blew up in smoke. Nothing happened. All was well and we could use up most of the stuff for the next 6 months. January 2000: All is well here at home but we got disturbing news from India. Selvaraj athan went to be with Lord on 4 January. It was very sad time for us because we wanted to see him before he died. Leelu decided to venture out on her own for an adventurous road trip to Redding in her new Sunfire to meet Nat. I thought it was crazy but knowing her that was her “life long dream.” She went and God was with her and brought her back safely. June 2000: Veena graduated from VU and also writes her MCAT and works full time at Truesdail in Tustin. Leelu is working part time at Baran Accountancy. In the mean time, Raj and I felt we should visit India since it has been 8 years now. There were many issues involved and had to be resolved before we even made any plans. So once again we used the Biblical method of throwing lots to see if it was God’s will for us to go or not at this time. Guess what? It was. There began my trips to the shopping malls and stores to get gifts for everyone. I realized that I had never done so much shopping in my life. It became a gruesome task when they started sending lists of things to buy from here which even we did not know they existed. It all turned out fine and everyone was happy and we had a great time. November 2000: God enabled us to go and visit our loved ones in India which was a miracle as Raj had just joined the new company and he was not even a year old and they gave him six weeks of vacation with pay! We had a lovely and memorable time and God made it possible for us to meet everyone from the youngest to the oldest. Except for a few minor health problems He took care of us and brought us back safely. January 2001: A week after we arrived I underwent surgery for appendicitis. I recovered well. It was great to see my husband trying his hand in cooking and he did a pretty good job too. I felt loved and enjoyed the pampering which lasted for a few months. March 2001: We decided to remodel our house and so the project went on for at least four months. God undertook for us in every area of work from the roof to the sprinklers to the brand new kitchen, painting, new furniture, etc .etc. He brought in the right people for the right job. The house was still getting the finishing touches when Ravi and Roopa arrived for a weeks stay with us .We had a great time with them and they were the first ones to see the new version of the house. It was a pleasant coincidence that Chandran and Sara were in LA and could come and spend a few hours with us just a few days after Ravi and Roopa left. May 2001: Veena did not get any positive response from medical schools she applied to LomaLinda University for the MPH program in International Health and to Dartmouth College in Evaluative Clinic Sciences. She was accepted to both and decided to go to Dartmouth as it is one of the Ivy League schools. That meant a big move for her away from family and friends and for the first time to be on her own. God provided everything she needed from a place to stay to her financial needs. It was at this time that my youngest sister, Sheba and her family visited us from Canada .Her husband left for India after a week but they stayed with us for another two months. We enjoyed their stay, especially me as I had not seen them in nine years. August 2001: Veena wrote her MCAT again and she and Leelu both went on a 10 day missions trip to Fiji with their Church group. Two days after their return Veena left for Vermont and Sheba and co. left for Canada a day later. God took them safely to their destinations . September 2001: And then just a week later is when America was attacked by terrorists. We just thanked God that our loved ones were safe and secure at this time. This was the greatest shock that we have had in many years reminding us more than ever that God is in control and that we have to be prepared as the end may be nearing soon. Leelu is in her final year in college and decided to commute from home. It is good to have her around. She is really doing very well in her studies and other church activities. Both the girls are a great joy to us and we praise God for their unshakable faith in Him. Another miracle was that many of the workers at Raj’s company lost their jobs due to the September attacks, but God was gracious and merciful to us and Raj was not affected. We continue to thank God for every provision.
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