Friday, February 29, 2008
This morning, I was treated to a new tasty dish as a part of my breakfast – an Indian flat wheat bread called “Chapathi.” It looked like a square, thick, brown flour tortilla. So I did what any Los Angelino worth his salt would do, and made myself a breakfast burrito! Not like home, but was good, nonetheless.
The next few hours after breakfast were spent with Pastor Prem doing last-minute things for the Convention and also trying to get some electrical issues solved here at his house. The end result: I now have wireless internet access for my computer. I don’t have a tub, I don’t have a shower – but I’ve got wi-fi! Hey, it’s India, folks. Thankfully, I do have a toilet and running water to wash with. Many people in the surrounding area (especially the outlying villages) just use the canals for bathing. They also use them for cleaning – and for cooking – and for washing their animals – and for drinking water – and for… well you get the picture. If you don’t, I’ll share a couple with you.
Around 11:00am, Pastor Prem, one of his assistants and I headed out to visit some affiliated churches and Pastors in the surrounding area. We ended up visiting three churches – one here in Tanuku, one in a neighboring city and one out in a village. The Pastors were very happy to see us, and each of them wanted me to pray for their churches and their families. I must confess that the Christians here in India are very hospitable, respectful and friendly. Actually, the western church could take lessons on honor from these precious people. After visiting with the Pastors and praying for them, we headed back in to get ready for the Opening Night of the Convention.
Tonight, we had a great service to open the Convention. There was some confusion as the promised (and advertised) venue was changed at the last minute (due to officials that do not want Christian events in the public arena). So some people went to the advertised venue and thought the event was cancelled, because nobody was there. Pastor Prem said he is working with the pastors to get the word out and that the crowds will grow through the weekend. However, those that came out were treated to a great event. One thing that caught me a little off-guard was that Pastor Prem brought in a Christian Band from the big city to do the music at the Convention. They were very contemporary and really got the crowd involved – this is a great turn of events for India Christianity.
There was a great move of God present and many people came forward for prayer as the service ended at around 9:45pm. Thank you for your prayer support as I was able to operate with much more liberty than I had in the village the night before. On Saturday, I will be ministering in the Youth Session at 11:30 in the morning.
To my friends and family: I love and miss you. Keep praying for me – I need it.
PS: There’s more to the lizard story.