Pasadena

February 02, 1993

Missionary tells church of life in India

A Protestant missionary who spent 10 years in India described the country's extreme poverty in an address to the Pasadena Assembly of God Church Sunday.

Mike Edson, on furlough from India and Pakistan,

showed slides of the work he and his wife, Cindy, did with the poor, dressing the wounds of lepers. The couple also worked with Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Mr. Edson spoke of people born on street corners, who live their entire lives there and die there.

"I was impressed with how fortunate we are to have homes," church secretary Mildred Cocolin said after hearing the service. "It's incredible to think what we have and still complain, when these people don't have anything. They'll walk all day for one meal."

One of Mr. Edson's slides showed a woman who returned to her home from the field where she was working, had a baby, and within an hour returned to the field.

"If she didn't work that day, they wouldn't eat that night," Ms. Cocolin said.

The Edsons are headed for Kazakhstan, a country northeast of Pakistan in the former Soviet Union, where they will work with Muslims.

The Pasadena church, which has about 125 members, supports 25 missionaries overseas.

POLICE LOG

* Pasadena: A resident of the 8300 block of Deck Road reported that someone smashed his mailbox Thursday morning.

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