This is the first day off with full power for the last two months; Nagaland electricity has been struggling to service their main transformers and we have been living on half power since before Easter. You do it by having the power switched off to your house/ business for two hours out of every three. Life has been a struggle for everybody. At the hospital we have running a diesel generator when needed but it still has to be turned on. Ruth has had to make choices between ironing and running the fridge. She and Judith cook on bottled gas, baking is out of the question.
Communications have been especially bad. We have had days without any possibility of e-mail, phone or post.
I had the experience recently of ringing a very large Indian Company in
If you are a Christian visitor then Nagaland is truly amazing. It is a Christian state, there are Christian cartoons in the main daily newspaper. There are churches in Dimapur which could safely house many British cathedrals. Just down the road from us is one about the size of
Recent events underline the problem. Last Sunday inter tribal violence flared up in a way that has not been seen for many years. Young men from the Sumi tribe attacked and burned down 28 houses of the Tangul tribe who live next door to them here in Dimapur. There are now some thirty displaced Tangul families living on a police camp on the outskirts of the town. All our Naga friends are horrified and very afraid that things might go back to the bad old days before Christianity when there was constant tribal fighting. The good side, if there can be a good side, is that no one was killed and that there has been a very public pulling back from the brink, much talk of reconciliation and a general call to prayer.
This is the background to the work going on at the hospital. Somehow or other in the last 18 years £20 million has been spent by the previous contractors at the site and there is still no hospital. If you wanted to know where the money went you could look around at the vast unfinished buildings, and half installed equipment. Now a Christian organisation is busy making a hospital that works, for a tiny fraction of the money previously spent. In the next few weeks I will be installing an electrical system, which includes two miles of power cables five refurbished power panels and other equipment. When that is done in the next two months we will be coming home, hopefully in the knowledge that the hospital will be up and working.
We have learned many lessons. That Christian faith is not the intellectual assent to a set of ideas. If it was then attending a service in unknown language would be totally meaningless. As it is the services we have attended here have been a great blessing, the Lord has taught us lessons through sermons in Ao. We have shared in fellowship in unexpected ways, He is truly present in His people.
Prayer points please pray for:-
2.That materials will flow freely for the work.
3.For contacts between Nagaland and the rest of the world.
4.That we can cope with the pressure of work.
Thank you for being concerned
Yours in Christian love
Bob and Ruth Ellett
30 July 2015 Back to top