August 1st - It’s the beginning of a new month and the start of the my last week here in India. Yesterday was my day to preach at Life Fellowship. I always have a hard time evaluating if I effectively communicated or if I simply rambled on and on. At least I know the verses I shared from scripture will be profitable. God promises where His Word is spoken it will never return empty. I continue to simply say “Yes, God, I will do that” and then He will take care of the results. It was encouraging to have people stop me after the service and thank me for something specific I said that touched them personally. God was gracious to let me here those words. I also sang “Word of God Speak” by Mercy Me. I preached on God speaking so it was a great way to end the service. I also wanted to lead a worship song we all could sing together. I picked “How Great Is Our God.” Can you believe that was one of the songs that was planned for the service and we sang at the beginning of the service. Again, God was gracious, He closed out the service with us all singing to His greatness together. It was an incredible experience!
After church we headed to the college where Abraham had set up a recording studio in the main teaching room (where there is air-conditioning). Not only did they record the students playing but also recorded video in order to make videos they can use on either the website or YouTube. Most of the students were part of the music school that comes in each day following the college classes but a couple of the college students were there helping and also did a little recording. The session lasted from around 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. We did take a break for lunch around 2:00 p.m. and also had a break for tea at the shop next to the college around 5:00 p.m. The day actually went by pretty fast. Abraham kept making sure I was OK. I keep assuring him I am fine! Not only have I had enough to eat but I am getting plenty of sleep as well. I slept in this morning until 8:30 a.m. and then had a lovely conversation with my wife before she headed off to bed. Abraham on the other hand not only was out Saturday night very late setting up the studio but had to be up in time this morning to go to a family visitation for a student whose mother had passed away. He puts in lots of hours and works hard.
Later this afternoon we will head out and I can do a little shopping for the fam. We are going to hit a music store and then I am not sure where. Abraham has never steered me wrong so I am sure it will be a fun outing. Before we go I need to look over the lesson plans for this last week. I can hardly believe it is nearly over. It seems everyday goes by a little faster. I will be sad to tell the students goodbye but I know I will keep in contact with some of them when I get home. I have to say the idea of getting home and sleeping in my own bed and getting back to my routine sounds appealing to me. I look forward to getting back on the podium to conduct my choir at church and my orchestra at home. I have lots of stories to share so you all better be ready. You know how I LOVE to talk!
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.