Time for Study and a Wedding

Written by | September, 2011
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I have been working at projects this past week and will continue into next week.  Pastor Koenig is giving me materials to study about missions and India churches.  I read a book one day because it looked interesting.  It was Why Johnny Can’t Preach. It fits into what I am teaching.  I have been doing other research on the internet also.

District Chairman, Pastor T. Sampath’s daughter was married on Sunday, 11 September.  The pictures are in chronological order except the last two.

S. BeulahMary Kiviya married K. Daniel Mohan in the Sunday evening.  Both are Christians and the service was also.  Many of the pastors from the two districts under Pastor Sampath attended.  The bride and groom are in the upper right corner of the banner which was to the right of a large ribboned arch in front of the marriage hall.

Many of the relatives were not Christian and were not used to the church service aspect of the ceremony.  It was a joyful and thoughtful event for the couple.  It was difficult to speak above the distractions for the pastors especially Pastor Koeing whose sermonette had to be translated.  I prayed for God’s blessings on the couple as they held hands.  The microphone worked well for my part; I showed Pastor D. Paul the prayer before service, so his translation went smoothly.

The little yellow flecks are flower petals which were on the altar to start the service.  They were given to the congregation to shower the couple during the service, coming right up to the platform where we were.

Pastor David Koenig and I ate in a side room with the officients while the other guests ate in the main floor of the hall.  The guests returned to the ceremony room to greet, present gifts,  and get photographed/videoed.

I will go back to Kadapa and teach the remainder of my lesson in a revised form.  The schedule should come up on the sidebar.  I will make a trip at the end of the month to Goa with Pastor Victor to teach a group of interested pastors there.  They will understand English enough to not need a translator.

I have to relate a very unique experience at the grocery store a few days ago.  They have music piped into the store.  As I was looking at juices, I realized they were playing a Christmas song.  I used the camera to make an audio/video clip.  It wasn’t very good quality.  “Hark now hear the angels sing…man will live for evermore because of Christmas Day.”  It was a Carribean Islands type of accompaniment.  India is an amazing place.

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