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Jacqueline Lai Fat Fur of Canada who is in bereavement for her late husband visits Mauritius after 5 years and meets Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza and childhood friend Alice the spouse of Bishop Roger and Mrs lai the President of the Chinese Evangelical Church.
July 12, 2010

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Rth 1:1 Long ago, in the days before Israel had a king, there was a famine in the land. So a man named Elimelech, who belonged to the clan of Ephrath and who lived in Bethlehem in Judah, went with his wife Naomi and their two sons Mahlon and Chilion to live for a while in the country of Moab. While they were living there,
Rth 1:2 (SEE 1:1)
Rth 1:3 Elimelech died, and Naomi was left alone with her two sons,
Rth 1:4 who married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. About ten years later
Rth 1:5 Mahlon and Chilion also died, and Naomi was left all alone, without husband or sons.
Rth 1:6 Some time later Naomi heard that the LORD had blessed his people by giving them good crops; so she got ready to leave Moab with her daughters-in-law.

Rth 1:16 But Ruth answered, "Don't ask me to leave you! Let me go with you. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
Rth 1:17 Wherever you die, I will die, and that is where I will be buried. May the LORD's worst punishment come upon me if I let anything but death separate me from you!"
Rth 1:18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more.
Rth 1:19 They went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived, the whole town became excited, and the women there exclaimed, "Is this really Naomi?"
Rth 1:20 "Don't call me Naomi," she answered; "call me Marah, because Almighty God has made my life bitter.
Rth 1:21 When I left here, I had plenty, but the LORD has brought me back without a thing. Why call me Naomi when the LORD Almighty has condemned me and sent me trouble?"
Rth 1:22 This, then, was how Naomi came back from Moab with Ruth, her Moabite daughter-in-law. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the barley harvest was just beginning.