Thursday – October 14, 2010
David picked Deb and me up this morning and took us to the Mysore Castle. Deb and I toured it with headphones that explained the history of the castle. It was very interesting… still beautiful, but quite worn and needing restoration.
When we finished, we headed to David’s house for lunch. He wanted us to meet his wife Mercy. She was delightful and I felt like we were friends immediately. Her English was quite good, and we had a wonderful visit with them. When we left, Mercy gave us each a ‘bangle’ bracelet. I really loved it! Not just because it was beautiful, but also because when I wear it, it reminds me of Mercy and to pray for my new friends and the work in India.
We left and decided to do a bit of shopping. I had hoped to find a few trinkets to bring back to my nieces and nephews and a few co-workers. David took us to the biggest, closest mall, and we tried to find all of the things on our list. Deb had a terrific idea to buy socks for the pastors at the training. Many of them were barefoot, and most of the socks we did see had holes.
Deb and I were ready to get back to the hotel, as it had been a long day. David said we were about a half hour from the hotel, but it ended up taking us nearly 2 hours to get back. Traffic was horrible, and we sure were thankful to be “home”!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Today was a day I had been looking forward to for months! Deb and I (along with two interpreters) traveled to the orphanage to spend time with the children. Once again, they were waiting very patiently for us, this time in a room, sitting on the floor. After sharing from God’s Word with them, we began to do several crafts which I had loaded in my suitcase. We made visors, necklaces, bracelets, and bookmarks. What a blast! I’m not sure who had more fun, but the time went quickly and before I knew it, we were told we had to leave in order to get back for the closing session of the pastor’s conference. I brought plenty of granola bars and candy with me, and the children did not want to see us go! I felt like I could have enjoyed spending another week there, just interacting with them.
Back at the church, the pastor’s conference was coming to a close. We made it back for the last session, and the closing ceremony. The people of India love to honor their guests. They were so appreciative of the tremendous training they had received; they gave garlands and fabric wraps that they placed around the shoulders of those who came to serve them. Many of the pastors stood and gave a testimony of how much they had benefited from the teaching, and how grateful they were.
Back at JD and Ruth’s house, we had our last dinner as a team together. John and Pastor Mark were leaving later that evening. I was sure going to miss these two godly men and the theological discussions that were common during mealtimes! Of course, there were plenty of laughs, too, and I feel so blessed to have been part of this team!
By Sherri Stocker