I noticed quickly that the Indian people in general were definitely not huggers. Even their handshakes left much to be desired. A simple bringing together of the hands in a prayer pose just under the chin and a slight bow is the most common greeting. Physical contact is not necessary. They almost seem to avoid … Continue reading Full Body Hug
As much as I am learning the limitations of my faith and courage I am seeing the depth and beauty of the faith of these who live and serve in Chennai. Brother Paul is simply amazing. Not perfect, yet a man who sees a need and then engages whoever and whatever is necessary to make … Continue reading Friday – People of Faith
Loaded up and traveled to Brother Paul's house to prepare to head out to the Indian Countryside. A longer day than we had ever imagined awaited us. Lost count at about 5 churches because of the terrain we drove between each. I never had any sense of bearing regarding where we were. Small villages with small … Continue reading Marathon Monday
With Saturday came the monthly remote preachers meeting where over 300 preachers that Paul works with and helps support travel to the Preacher's school in Chennai for a monthly encouragement gathering. Wow! 340 showed up and the ministry provides a hot lunch and one way transportation funds. I have never seen more excited, encouraging men … Continue reading Saturday Morning – Preachers Galore!
Father God surprised us once again with a challenge of which we had only recently dreamed. A three hour flight followed by a 2 hour layover followed by a 8.5 hour flight followed by a 3 hour layover followed by a 9 hour flight definitely set the experience in motion. Whew! I'm a professional sitter … Continue reading Who Would Have Thought…
As Monday morning dawned, it hit me that this was the day we would head for the infamous "Amazon Jungle". Yikes! I had been so courageous from a million miles away but now, only a 5 hour drive and a 45 minute flight out, fear showed up. Gulp. I thought about the trip ahead of … Continue reading To the Edge of the Jungle
Our trip to Africa a couple of years ago was amazing, fun and inspiring; however, Africa itself was far different than I had ever imagined in my mind. There were no giraffes. No elephants, although Andy claims he has seen some. No monkeys, rhinoceros, etc, etc, etc. The landscape was vast and beautiful but it … Continue reading Ascending and Descending