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Topic: India (02/12/09)
- TITLE: Patalkot
By Debra Elliott
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we came to Brazil my life would change forever. Jonathan is a dedicated doctor and goes where he is needed and I follow him. I've dedicated my life to serve the Lord and the indigenous peoples that need us.
Jonathan and I are leaving Brazil and headed to India. Our mission this time will take us to the Patalkot valley.
I couldn't believe that I was uprooting again. First, I left my home in America to travel to Australia to be with my parents after my fiancé died , then to Brazil with my new husband. We didn't even have a honeymoon. Now after six months in the Amazon Rain forest we're heading to India. We're headed to another unknown region.
We argued about what we wanted to do when we got to India.
“Clarissa, I'm a doctor and my only mission is to help save lives. I understand the importance of Christianity, but my first priority is establishing a medical center.”
I didn't argue with him. “Jonathan I will go where you go and I will help where I am needed.”
He kissed me and went to call the chief medical officer to let him know when we would leave for India.
I wanted to know more about Patalkot .
“Jonathan if I'm going around the world with you again then I want to know why we're going to India.”
“Clarissa, Patalkot is a home to a tribal culture skilled at using the forest plants to make effective medicines. There's increasing threats of deforestation and exploitation of the people there. “
I was enthralled with his description of this strange place.
“Tell me more.”
“The natives know secrets of the medicinal plants that grow in the Patalkot valley. Doctors Without Borders wants to help the Bharias and Gonds that live there.”
“When do we leave?”
“We fly out tomorrow. It's monsoon season in India and we need to get started as soon as possible.”
“Where will we be staying?”
He saw her concern.
“There are twelve villages in the valley and we will be staying in Gaildubba. Don't worry darling,we'll have access to everything we need.”
I wasn't worried about that, I'm worried about telling Jonathan I'm pregnant . I don't want to hide it from him, but I'm afraid if he knew he wouldn't go to India.
“Clarissa, what's really bothering you?”
I couldn't lie to him or hide anything.
“Jonathan we're going to have a baby.”
“What? Oh darling that's wonderful news.”
“It is? What about India?”
“We can still go, only if you want to.”
“I do. I want to go where the Lord leads us Jonathan. And if the Lord is leading us to go to India, then that's where we are going on our next trip of a lifetime.”
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