Thursday, October 31, 2013

Soaking in the last Delhi experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our last full day on Delhi...
Went to the American Embassy International School to visit Open Hand coffeehouse. A place after our own heart. We had a nice long cup of coffee with the director, Christiaan.

Habitat for Humanity was another organization worth gathering info about. It was started by Christians here and still continues as such with devotions at the beginning of each day with the other staff. This is certainly not just another social organization in India.

God works in so many ways through so many people, we are all just an important tiny piece of God's masterpiece.

Last stop-cheese and yogurt in Amsterdam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Chaos at the airport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before you freak, we are all ok. The chaos was caused because of a person from the government was flying on the same plane as us. So the airport was full of military personnel and security was stressful. Plus there was an accident on a escalator, not with anyone from the team. The plane was late, but we made it to Delhi. Please keep praying for safe travels as we are coming home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

mountain top experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Travelling from Orissa to Andra Pradesh is how much of today was spent. The entirety of the trip was breathtaking as we drove among mountains, through tribal villages, in view of waterfalls, in absolute awe of the creative power of God.
As we near the end of our trip we are completing the tasks we came to do. Please continue to pray for us on the last leg of our journey. God is so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Sun Came Out!!!!!!!!!!!!

We spent our last full day in Koraput today. The sun finally came out. We have not seen it since we left Delhi.

This morning we met with the pastor from our first church. It was such a blessing to see him.

We also had the opportunity to visit a group of people that make pottery for a living.

Tomorrow we head back to Visag. There are a few ministries we are planning on meeting with before we go back to Dehli. Please pray for direction from God.

Thanks for all of your prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fine Day in Koraput!!!!!!!!!!!

We are all doing well on our second day here in Koraput. Although we began the day with uncertain plans, we ended up lacking nothing to do. We were introduced to a young pastor who has been doing ministry here for a number of years. He invited us to visit his church, which is not far from town. We were welcomed warmly by his some of his people with flowers and singing. We then visited a youth outreach that this pastor has done for years. Together with them we sang, read scripture, prayed and encouraged each other. It was a sweet time worshipping God with these Christians that we had only just met that day, unplanned by us.

Please pray that we finish well whatever remains for us to do here in India!!!!!!!!!!!


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Train Ride!!!!!!!!!!

Today we rode the train for six hours from Visag to Koraput. 
There was so much to look at as we rode through the beautiful 
country of India. Once we arrived we had the opportunity to meet 
a wonderful, hospitable family who invited us into their home. We
are now going to try and get some rest so that we are ready for tomorrow.

Everyone is doing well and staying healthy....except for a few who have mild cold. 
Please continue to pray for us as our trip is coming to a close!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Day of Diversity!!!!!!!!!

An Indian breakfast starts the day, followed by another crazy bus ride. Still not used to the way they drive. The bus takes us to Arjuna's Church where we were able to teach another session on Discipleship. Afterwards we ate with the Church. What fine people. What a privilege. Later we made contact with local missionaries who want to open a coffee house and are doing a beach festival outreach. Of all the people to run into. Wow, God is good!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ministry, coffee, cow corner, and rain!!!!!!!!

Well, more rain, but it's not enough to thwart God's plans. We thought you might like to see a typical breakfast here in Vizag. The white stuff is called iddly. As we walk, we have a friend follow us...a dog with a crippled front leg. We have named him iddly, even though he didn't want to eat it.

The guys taught at another one of Arjuna's churches. It's wonderful to see how the people love the Lord here. Today we are heading to the church that Arjuna pastors. He has a team of pastors to fill in while he is traveling.

We're all doing well and leaving for another destination tomorrow. Remember...turn at cow corner!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Turn at cow corner!!!!!!!

The rain persists as we continue our work in Vishakapatnum, but God has greatly blessed us. Yesterday we started with a trip out to Arjuna's and visited the orphanage, later we met with an American starting a work here. And when I say that it has been raining, I mean it's been raining!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Today it rained!!!!!!

> We visited one of Arjuna's outreach churches where the men taught through the "Discipleship Explored" material. Each session began with a short video clip shot from our portable home entertainment center...a projector, amplifier, and screen. Last weeks cyclone has brought with it continual bouts of on and off rain showers and storms ever since, which made the presentation difficult with intermittent electrical outage. Our equipment has the capacity to operate by rechargeable battery, so we were able to continue without any problems.
> Tomorrow the girls will teach the children about the Parable of the Sower with a video and PowerPoint presentation.
> Lots of teaching, lots of rain, lots of hot food...that best describes this leg of the trip so far.
> Forward Ho!!!!!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Vishakhapatnam what te fun!!!!!

Hey peeps we arived safely in vish. Which is on the east cost of india. It has been raining the last few days so it was wet around here. So we checked in our hotel and went to get something to eat at the peoples kithen. All is well with hope it is the same with everyone at home. Thanks for your prayers!!!!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Surrounding Ourselves in Chai Tea

It's Sunday... We had a great day visiting other churches. There are not that many Christian churches around so we choose two and divided the team up. One was all foreigners located by the embassies and the others were all Indians located in a school nearby that we were able to walk to.
Later, we were wowed by the smells and tastes of the spice and tea shop.
Leaving Delhi tomorrow on to new ministries where the food is the spiciest in all of India, Tim is ready to make his forehead sweat!!!!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday in Delhi!!!

Hi everyone! We are still in Delhi today. We split up in two groups for part of the day. Some of us went to Hindu temple. The other group went to see a factory run by one of the ministries we met with the other day. The factory was set up for women to work who came out of human trafficking. 

Tomorrow we will be splitting up to go to different churches to explore different ministry opportunities. We could use prayer for direction from God.

Justin loves all of you!!!

Actually, the photo is from a coffee shop we stopped at for a bit of refueling.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Off and Running!!

We are up and running here Delhi, India... We're all experiencing the shockingly wonderful sights, smells and sounds that make India India. For those on the team we've been here before, there's a familiarity and thankfulness that we're back. For the new people, there's a wide-eyed awe and expectation that this will be a wonderful experience.
And it has been a great experience. We spent the last couple days connecting with a couple new ministries in the area of Pahar Ganj, the neighborhood where teams have stayed for several trips. One of these ministries has been used greatly to rescue people from human trafficking as well as bring many to the kingdom. The second ministry we visited was a elementary school (not unlike Shofar), church and ministry training center. It was great to see and hear of God's work happening on the lives of these people - ordinary, sinful people changed and used by an extraordinary ands holy God.
As we continue to seek God's direction concerning our future in the area, please pray that we continue to hear his voice. We're ready to see what He has!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

We Made it to Amsterdam!

After 8 long hours, we have officially made it to Amsterdam. We all have jet lag, but we are doing our best to stay awake. With that being said, today we have been drinking lots of coffee as we wander this beautiful city and try to get on the right sleep schedule.

Tomorrow we will have another 8 hour flight as we venture off to India. Amsterdam is a great place, but I think I can speak for all of us when I say we are excited to get there.

Thanks for praying for us, and I hope you all continue to pray for us!