This is one of my favorite videos from my India trip. These children are part of the Mercy Home at RIMI's Bible school in Warangal.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I want to welcome my sister, Cindy, back to the blogosphere. She is not the only one to enter into the blogosphere recently. When Cindy decided to put some new posts on her blog, she also suggested to the cousins that we get together for a cousin blog. We have a great family, and I am thankful for each one of them.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Traveling through India was a fantastic opportunity. I landed in the southern state of Kerla and traveled to Salem, Warangal, Raipur, and ended in Nagpur. Everyone I encountered was kind to me. The food was extraordinary, and yes, there were cows roaming freely.
I went with Saji Lukos and Earnest Mall. The reason we went was to encourage leaders and pastors working to advance God's Kingdom. We visited some Bible schools and churches to meet with pastors and missionaries. They expressed their needs as well as informed us what was happening through their work. Overall, I was amazed at how religious Indians are. The majority of people are either Muslim or Hindu, and many people are very willing to engage conversation about God.
In Hinduism, the lowest and most despised part of the body are the feet. The lowest class of people in the caste system represent feet in their spiritual view. Braham priests represent the head; business men represent the belly; the lowest class represent the feet. A former brahman told me he would roll down the steps of a Hindu temple and crawl on his knees to the alter in order not to disgrace these gods. Then with joy, he told me, "but the Bible says, 'how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.'"