How Loren spent Monday
Trip Start Jan 13, 2011
25Trip End Jan 25, 2011
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(Sa-lem pronounced like and derived from Shalom except with an S sound at beginning)
Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! They say that in English here and it is used as a greeting. So it is VERY EASY to shake someone's hand and greet them because you can speak English and BOY do they love to shake hands and greet one another. Which is something I (Loren) have come to love about these people is their hospitality. Being a "southern" boy myself it is incredible to see how much they desire to be hospitable. For example, if you walk into a worship service and they are seated and you try to stand in the back it is impossible. They will continue to ask you to sit until you feel like you have offended them. To say the very least they are respectful of you and each other.
Anyway, the reason I am blogging to you guys back in the US is to tell you a little about the first day (Monday) of the Pastor’s Conference. We had about 4 sessions which Donnie taught/led 3 of them. First was laying the groundwork for the day in which we discussed warfare. We then broke for tea!! J I was then blessed with the opportunity to lead the second session on marriage and how the fall has created conflict in our marriages by having the woman desire (unhealthy way) her husband and a man to neglect his wife. Satan’s attach was on marriage in the Garden. We then broke for lunch and I was able to take a rickshaw ride from the Pastor’s hotel back to ours. That was quite a unique Indian experience and it cost us the sum total of 20 rupees per person. That’s right 50 cents each way. INCREDIBLE!
Donnie then finished up the last 2 sessions of the day with discussing Pastor’s #1 reason for “losing their religion” / departing from the faith / losing their witness is because they do not keep their personal time with the Lord. Finished up the last session with a discussion of
All this time Mary had the women and was teaching them about how they are “God’s Gift” to man. Which I also shared Proverbs 18:22 with the men and pointed out that in Gen 3:18 that it was “not good” for the man to be alone and God’s answer to that issue was woman. They seem to dovetail together very well, Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!
But make NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, the real education came between the sessions when I had the opportunity to talk to the pastors.
Godrej shared with me how he prays for the people that he is trying to bring to Christ, and then prays and prays and finally the Lord will give him the opportunity to share Christ with them. He is patient in the Lord.
Discussed with the pastor of the “Church under the tree”, that is right they meet on a tarp and some rugs under a tree by the village. He has been a pastor since 2008 and pastors 2 separate villages. In the one village, with the “Church under the tree” he has brought 30 people to accept Christ, AMAZING!!!!!
Our interpreter who pastors 2 villages and is in the disciple making business (I will try to tap into this via email for Men’s Ministry) has prayed that he could go to Pakistan and witness to the Muslims. He shared with Donnie and me how he uses the Koran to open their minds. One interesting thing that it says in the Koran according to him is something to the effect “you will find good friends in the people who call themselves Christians”. He also talks about the differences between Mohammed and Jesus and uses the Koran to support his Christian oriented principles.
Each day at the conference ends with a joint (men & women and the team that went to the village for the eye clinics) worshipping together and sharing how God has revealed himself that day both in the teaching and witnessing through the clinics.
It has been a blessing!
Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!