The Lord's Day
Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
17Trip End Jul 22, 2010
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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
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!