JULY 25th - I had a beautiful weekend getting to worship again at Life Fellowship and then spending the day with Abraham and his family. I can not say enough how gracious and giving they have been to me. I feel like I have my own personal tour guide to India. They make sure I have enough to eat (and yes, Abraham, I am getting plenty) and they are making memories for me.
Following church I visited with Pastor Sam and he asked if I would share next week and also share a song so I will be preparing a short sermon and song for the worship next week. After church we headed to the Indian Space Museum and Planetarium. It is a hands on museum and we also stayed for the planetarium show. It was great fun. We headed back to the house for lunch and then headed out on our road trip which ended at the southern most tip of India - “the end of the world.” It is the point where the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal come together. It was a beautiful sight. There are also vendors ALL over. It is a very big tourist spot with lots and lots of people. Did I mention there were lots of people? Oh and BTW it was pretty crowded! I found some great gifts for my family at home. I did not even spend $10 on them. If I had bought the same thing in the states, it would easily cost $50-60 dollars. I just wish I had a little more room in my luggage.
We stopped at a restaurant on the way back and I had dinner on a banana leaf. I could not tell you the name of what I ate but it was fried and stood like a cone and then there was a white paste and green paste to dip it in. I had to eat with my hands which sounds harder than you might think. I have tried a couple of times and given up because it is much faster to use a fork or spoon. It was late when we got back. Around 11:30 p.m. but I was so glad we were able to stop and see Chris Monroe and his team before they flew out the next morning. They had a great week and were headed to see the Taj Mahal before going back to the states. What a great team of people and it was good to see people from the states. I feel very comfortable here but it is interesting how seeing some people from home can encourage you and rejuvenate you. It would be interesting to see how different this trip would be if I were traveling with a group or even one other person from the states. One good thing about doing this alone, I spend more time with God and I feel like I have gotten to know Abraham and his family and the students I teach faster. God uses everything to teach us and speak to us. I think that will be the main point of what I share on Sunday at church.
Hope you are enjoying the ramblings and pics. I love that when this is done, I will have a permanent record of the trip and can look back at how faithful God was to me. Continue to pray as I go into another week of teaching and as I am sure I will start to get a little home sick. It has been good that Tami and I have been able to talk or text almost everyday. It does me a world of good just to hear her voice and to hear about how things are going at home. I miss you all and I know it will be sweet to see you all when I come home. Maybe I can convince Abraham, Feba and Ryan to come back with me. Who can resist that smile!
This blog will journal my experiences as I prepare to go overseas this July and teach at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India.