The Lord's Day

Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
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Trip End Jul 22, 2010


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Flag of India  , Maharashtra,
Sunday, July 18, 2010

Our Lord's day started as every other day has since we arrived in Aurangabad.  We got off to an early start with breakfast in the Hotel restaurant and were supposed to be picked up by Pastor Chacko at 9am.  All was going per our routine until Carol had to run back to her room with an upset stomach.  She says the Indian Cuisine doesn't like her nearly as much as she likes it :)
 
Suffice it to say Carol taking ill threw the team off a bit.  While Carol spent the morning and early afternoon in the hotel resting, the rest of the team visited a couple of village churches.  Our first stop was Pastor Balu's church at Wahegaon village.  This is the village with the well out front that Pastor Donnie dedicated in January for those who followed the last India trip.  On our way from Aurangabad to Wahegaon, Pastor Chacko asked us to be ready to preach in the service! SURPRISE :)  With that, neither Bob nor I felt like we had had enough preparation time to do any preaching but Bob was a trooper and agreed to take on the challenge.  He preached briefly on Acts 17 and the three of us also sang a hymn midway through the service.

Following the service we were asked to pray over many of the church congregation for various reasons including health concerns.  In the middle of praying for good sized group of folks, a little boy came up to me and began to sing.  He had a tremendous voice!  I will put up a recording of him singing up on YouTube as soon as I am able.  The kid has the potential to be India's next Indian idol!  He was GOOD.

After praying with Balu's congregation we proceeded to tour the village again - similar to our trip in January.  Much of the village was as it was when we last visited except for a few notable items:

1)  No cricket playing in the street because it was quite a bit muddier than our previous visit.  That is no surprise given it is monsoon season!
 
2) The woman who had a severe pain in her legs last year was there and she was perfectly healthy!  Our prayers appeared to have been answered!!!

After touring Wahegaon, the team got back in the van and proceed to another village nearby.  This second village does not have a prayer hall so it meets out under a tree on the outskirts of the village.  The church is praying that the Lord will provide a building in which to meet but for the time being appears to be thriving with nothing more than a tarp on the ground and a willing Pastor.  Seeing the church meeting under the tree brought to mind how faithful God has been for the little gathering at Maple Springs - and so I told the church the story of God's provision in Mission Crestwood.   I am excited to anticipate the Lord working in a similar matter for that fledgling church!

After the service under the tree, the team all headed back to Aurangabad for a well deserved day of rest and everyone kicked their feet up until dinner.  Over dinner this evening we started discussing our take-aways from the trip so we can begin to make our recommendations for future trips here.  Please pray that the team will discern what the Lord would have us do going forward.  We have a lot of information gathered and now need to begin to sift through all of it so that our ongoing work will be effective.

Tomorrow morning we will do a brief sight-seeing journey to the "Baby Taj" and then will pack up our bags here in Aurangabad and make our way to Pune City.  We ask that you pray for us as we travel.  Trust me when I say that travel in India is no small undertaking - HA!  
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mary Bironas on

Krake I cannot believe u r climbing tall places again. Ramith told me it was a little scarey coming down. hahaha Sorry that some of the pics didn't come out on the blog but the ones that did were awesome. So glad to hear that our sister in Wag. was healed. I loved seeing her smile. So sorry to hear that Carol wasn't feeling well but glad to hear that she is on the mend. I know that a combination of the Indian food and the travel can be a bit of a challenge. Did u take "hot tamales" with you? I found those helped me some. R u still taking yur Pepto Bismol before each meal? So many of the things I have read bring back memories. Good to see Bob preaching, don't u remember that u have to be prepared in an instant? There is not "ish" to that! hahahahaha Stay well brothers and sisters and enjoy the rest of your journey. I am checking always for your updates. Harvey & I were talking this morning about being back in January. How incredible that Danny would travel all night to be with the team this weekend. Tell James I am praying for his health as well. I am so touched by their commitment and yours.

Christine on

Kris, Carol, Bob and Jennifer thanks for taking the time to journal. It is such a blessing to keep up with you all via this blog. I hope Carol is fully recovered.

Randy Hudnut on

Thanks for sharing! I remember that lady being carried out into the street on her bed and in alot of pain. What a wonderful miracle! Praying for you guys and for safe travel. Take care my brothers and sisters.

Chris Platt on

Thanks for all of the details. I feel like I'm there with you! God continues to bless your ministry there. We'll work on Pastor Donnie and see if he will invite Bob to preach next Sunday. Hey, no interpreter needed here. Be safe traveling. Can't wait to hear from you "live."

Harvey on

I got goose bumps when I read about the woman in extreme pain be healed. What a powerful testimony to how great our God is! I am looking forward to learing how we can support our brothers and sisters in India on future trips. Be safe in your travels home.

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