A Togolese Wedding

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  First we all meet outside the house of the bride with the groom and the grooms family. It was not a large group. The groom, his immediate family, Pastor Kossi, and a few friends. We rang the bell and entered the house of the bride where we meet with bride’s parents. The parents of the bride and the parents of the groom talked . . . read more

Bible Questions in Bangalore

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Back in Bangalore a month later and the first thing the pastors asked about was whether I had copies of the Luther video for them. This was an easy question the difficult question came later. “What should a man do if he is married to more than one woman and then becomes a Christian?” We talked about it a little then Moses gave them all . . . read more

Luther @ Bangalore

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Last month in class at Bangalore we watched the new Luther Video. I was a little hesitant. After all we drive 6 hours and stay two nights in a hotel, so I was wondering if watching a video is really the best use of my time here. But I think it turned out to be a really good thing. There are a lot of good lessons in the video that we had a chance to . . . read more

VBS Inaguration 2014

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On May 1st we had the inauguration of the BELC summer VBS program. Hundreds of children from all over the districts of the BELC gathered in Nagalapuram. The children sang and danced and recited bible passages on stage. Many of the parents also came to watch the children. After the service and the performances a small bowl was given to all the . . . read more

Easter, nearly there

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Vanessa and I just finished coloring our last batch of Easter eggs. Earlier this week we thought it would be a good idea to color Easter eggs for all the members of the church we are visiting tomorrow. At 10pm Saturday night I’m not quite as thrilled about the idea but its done now. When we started the project, we were perfectly aware of . . . read more

Self or Others

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Vanessa and I had the opportunity to visit a musical presentation of traditional Karnataka music last night. It was very interesting and much of the music was quite beautiful. I enjoyed the whole thing immensely. However what I was not expecting was that the music was interspersed with Hindu philosophical reflections on the nature of love. It . . . read more

Vanessa and the Children

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After two days of classes at the CLCI Bible School, we went out for eleven days of visiting churches in the evening. We would normally head out in the evening around 6pm, arrive at the church between 7pm and 8pm. At this point a few people would start singing and Vanessa would play with the children. Jyothi would play the keyboard, and I would sit . . . read more

CLCI 2014 February Visit

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Vanessa and I arrived back in India on February 3rd with four days to unpack, clean, get everything set in order, repack, and head out again. This time we were going north to the state of Andhra Pradesh. Eight hours and six hundred miles north of Chennai is Nidubrolu, where Jyothi lives and teaches at the CLCI Bible School. At the bible school we . . . read more

And The Rains Came Down

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The waters flowed from the sky and I went out. I didn’t really want to leave the house in the down pour but it was the third day of our NCLC conference, we were supposed to begin with communion service, and who ever heard of canceling service simply because of a little rain. Thankfully I had remembered to pack my umbrella so that helped but . . . read more
Monday night after finishing my time in Togo, I was preparing to depart early Tuesday morning to Nigeria. I checked my tickets for the following day and realized I may have made a mistake. My flight from Togo to Lagos, Nigeria landed at 9am. My flight from Lagos to Uyo ( the city with an airport nearest to our Nigerian churches in Efa ) was . . . read more