I awoke at 6:30 this morning in spite of the fact that we don’t have anything planned and I could have slept in. I don’t feel any worse than I did yesterday so that is a blessing. Today we are meeting a local church for a baptism service. We will also be meeting with local church leaders for a teaching seminar. It is our goal to equip the local ministers with the spiritual tools they need to reach their own people. It should be a good day.
Every day here brings new adventures. We had a celebration service for three people who are being baptized. We then walked about a mile through the tea plantations to the lake. It is an interesting thing to hear your translator mention to look out for cobras! I did not take in much scenery on that walk. My eyes were down at my feet just waiting for the cobra that would appear there. I must say, there is a part of me that wanted to see one. That would have been a great picture to bring home. The baptisms were wonderful. These people take their baptism very seriously. One of the three people who was baptized was a woman. She put on all white clothing after she was baptized to signify the washing away of her sins and her cleanliness in Christ. I thought that was pretty cool.
We finished our day of ministry by holding a teaching seminar with ministers. It was great to spend time with them, instructing them on matters of church doctrine and encouraging them in their ministries. They are so eager to learn and grow in their knowledge of Scripture. They thanked us for showing them things in Scripture that they could apply to their ministries and churches. God has truly put some wonderful men and women in place to help lead more of these people to Christ. I consider it an honor to be a part of that for a brief time.
This is our last night in Munarr. I will miss the scenery and the friends that I have made. I pray that they continue to remain strong in the faith and persevere in a very difficult place.
We leave at 4:30 a.m. to head back to Chennai. I am officially tired of Indian food. Can’t wait to get home and chow down on a cheeseburger.