Ever wonder how far your participation in ministry with us reaches? Casting out a line, the distance and number of lives impacted are impossible to quantify, but let's talk about a few in India. May has worked closely with two colleagues there for the past 12 months, painstakingly working through details and decisions for their online giving site. India has very specific needs, especially with security for their staff members. Violent persecution in India has increased, placing them tenth on Open Doors world watch list. Together they are trying to find the delicate balance of protecting staff members and making them findable for their partners.
As the technical lead who knows the project best, May walked them through the process. They were inches away from the finish line when India was hit with the latest terrible wave of covid. About 100 of their staff, volunteers and family fell sick. Some were hospitalized and even died. This caused a 5 week delay in opening the giving site because the ministry set up an 80 bed covid care center in their headquarters.
Finally, last week the new giving site went online. Now almost four hundred Indian staff members can receive gifts with the ease of the internet. They are also receiving funds through the new site to help specifically with the covid crisis. All of this is possible, reeling the line all the way back, because you partner with us. We are so grateful for your help. It allows us to serve here in France, but it also affects staff members in India as well as everyone their ministry reaches. May has enjoyed working closely with our colleagues there, precious people living miles and continents away. We thank you for them as well.
Twenty years old now, Silas' summer plans converge less with our summer plans this year. He has completed his second year at Université Paris Dauphine studying Math and Computer Science. Today as I write this he has a second violin exam to finish his year at his music school. He very recently found and accepted a summer job working as an assistant at a private investment firm in Paris, not far from the Elysée (the French equivalent of the White House). We hope it will give him useful experience and something worth listing on a resume. The only disadvantage, beyond having no time for vacation, is that he has to wear a blue suit five days a week on the job. The black one he wears for violin concerts doesn't fit the dress code. Did you have to purchase a suit for your first summer job? Personally I bought a pair of Redwing work boots.