We did not have anything scheduled for this morning so my dad and I woke and enjoyed breakfast together. We then rode a rickshaw to the Botanical Gardens in Ooty. It was beautiful and peaceful. They grow plants and trees from all over the world. We visited a few local shops and did some sightseeing. Now we wait until it is time to leave on our next adventure.
I am feeling homesick today but I know I will make it through. I am praying for my wife and daughter. God please give us all the strength to endure hardships for your sake.
It has been a powerful and busy day. We visited a sixteen year old young man from the Toda village who had his leg amputated after a motorcycle accident. His family has been very resistant to the gospel. We visited with him and his family, prayed with them, and presented the gospel to them. By the time we were finished, his parents and himself made their desire to follow Christ evident. What a breakthrough! Every Toda Christian woman in the house was crying for joy. We are trying to come up with the money to help his family buy him a prosthetic leg. He wants to be able to tell other Toda people how God saved him and an artificial leg would aid him in doing that.
When we finished, the women cooked us a fabulous meal. We then made our way to the Rose Garden in Ooty. We met with the Toda women again to pray for them and commission them to God’s service. They are under great pressure in their villages as they try to live for Christ against strong opposition.
We then made our way to one more Toda village for a gospel meeting. Two more women came to Christ and they will be baptized this week. It has been an honor and a privilege to meet these people. It’s an honor simply to be allowed into their villages. They are so resistant to outsiders that some villages still will not allow anyone to come in and preach the gospel. Lord, please continue to move the hearts these people. Open them to the truth and the love that you offer.
After another long day it is time to sleep. We must get an early start to another long day tomorrow.