I am sitting in a hotel room in Hyderabad, India. It is early in the morning and I am about ready to experience my first day in India. I already experienced a wake-up call that let me know I wasn't in Kansas anymore. At daybreak, public loudspeakers in the city began playing a chant/prayer quite loudly. Not sure if it was hindu or muslim, but it was an experience.
It was also quite an adventure just getting here. My wife Karlene and daughter Tara sent me off from LAX on Monday afternoon and after some 20 hours of flying to the other side of the world, I arrived in India on Wednesday at 12:30am.
I was met at the airport by Pastor Prem Mallipudi and a few of his associates. We were scheduled to go directly to his city, (which is a several hour drive away), but the plans changed. I ended up in a decent hotel called the Green Park for the night, so that I could get a few hours of sleep. I think I probably got around three and a half hours in. The good news is that they have internet access -- the easiest way to stay in touch with home.
I failed to mention the reason for the schedule change. My host, Pastor Prem had eye surgery last week -- here in Hyderabad. Unfortunately, he is not doing well in the recovery and they will be doing a 2nd surgery on him this morning. I am praying that all goes well for him, today.
While that is going on, I will be with his associates checking out the city of Hyderabad and awaiting the good news from the doctor's medical office. They believe that it will be out-patient, so that we can depart this afternoon.
More thoughts from India -- later.