Thank you for your interest and prayer. Today has been a particularly challenging day. However, God blessed the preaching of His Word. He always does.
I did not sleep very well last night. It has been very hot, I have not adjusted to the time change (it is 10 1/2 hours ahead of est here), and no doubt still some jet lag. I think I saw every hour on the clock and some for a long time. Hopefully, tonight will be better.
This morning I preached at the ODBC in M where Pastor S and his wife A faithfully serve the Lord. This will be posted on my blog on the churches web site and so I need to keep their identities and location anonymous. I was driven to church in a taxi. It was a 40 km trip with ice cold air conditioning. Air conditioning is not very common here in India. When I arrived at the church I exchanged pleasantries with the Pastor and his wife. I have known them the whole time I have been coming to India. He was one of the first men saved through the ministry here many years ago. His training all came in and through this ministry. He is a godly man and well respected. He then said to me, “Pastor, will you be able to teach Sunday School and preach in the Morning Service?” to which I replied, “If that is what you would like.” Actually, I was only prepared to preach in the morning service. However, after almost 31 years in the ministry I should be able to handle an unexpected Sunday School class…which I did.
Some things you would find interesting about the service. The music consisted of a keyboard, guitar, and a couple of tambourines. Most of the songs are accompanied by corresponding hand clapping by the congregation. The men sit on one side of the room and the women sit on the other. No one was wearing shoes (shoes are not worn inside churches, most private homes, and some other places. The service if followed by tea and cookies….cold Coco Cola for me.
Following the service it was back to Kulshaker for lunch. Lunch was rice, chicken curry, and green beans. Does that sound familiar from the other meals I have described. I then took a two hour nap after which preached the same sermon at the Kanada language service here in Kulshaker. My emphasis tonight was on forgiveness. If we are to love the church and give ourselves for it…as Jesus did…we need to practice forgiveness. Supper tonight was…want to guess…fish, chicken, green beans and flat Indian bread.
Please pray that the module gets off to a good start tomorrow as we begin the book of Hebrews. Tomorrow is about the Doctrine of Eternal Security. If a person does not understand that doctrine they will find Hebrews very confusing. I guess that is all for now.
Thank you for your interest and prayer.
India Update #4