A Togolese Wedding

Friday, July 31st 2015

  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

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Bible Questions in Bangalore

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

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

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Luther @ Bangalore

Monday, November 24th 2014

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

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VBS Inaguration 2014

Monday, May 5th 2014

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

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Easter, nearly there

Sunday, April 20th 2014

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

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Self or Others

Thursday, April 17th 2014

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

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Vanessa and the Children

Thursday, March 6th 2014

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

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CLCI 2014 February Visit

Wednesday, March 5th 2014

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

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And The Rains Came Down

Sunday, December 8th 2013

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

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Barely Made it with Plenty of Time to Spare

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

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