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A Little History About Mid-India Christian Mission
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

By Jenna Butler

Today, we went to church at 10:30AM. Although, it was all in Hindi, so we couldn’t undertand any of it. They greeted us with beautiful leis, too.  Everyone wanted to shake your hand. Then, we came back, ate a yummy lunch that Sheila made and had some down time until 3:30PM.  Then, we went to a widow’s meeting. They, too greeted us with leis. They said “it’s the culture of India to greet you this way!” We sang Happy Birthday to the ladies whose birthdays were in this month. Then, they recognized two ladies that recently lost their husbands. Then, they played a singing game. They would say the name of a song, and whoever started singing first would stand up with the microphone and sing the song. After that, they would get a piece of chocolate as a prize! They gave us gifts – the women in our group got a handbag, and the men got a tie. When we got back, David told us about his ministry.

After dinner, we shot off some leftover fireworks from Christmas! Then, it was bedtime.

About David’s Ministry: David’s great grand mother and her sister were teachers at the mission because they were educated. Through teaching at the mission, they became Christian. This made them a disgrace to the family. So, the family was going to honor kill them. This meant they were going to kill them to keep their honor. But, someone in the family tiped them off. So, the two sisters, with the one’s two year old son, walked to the mission in the middle of the night – ten miles away and escaped. Well, the great grandfather (2 year olds dad) wanted his son back, because they were very valued. There was a big law suit on who gets the son. In the middle of the law suit, an epidemic hit and the dad died. A little while afterwards, the mom got an infection  and died, too. That left the two year old son and his aunt to look after him. Since she herself was Christian, she raised the boy a Christian, too./ And he, David’s grandfather started the mission here in Damoh, India.

 


Inside the Taj Mahal & the Ride to Damoh
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Saturday, January 22, 2011
By Jenna Butler, Age 13

Today, we went inside to see the Taj Mahal. We saw the replica of her tomb, because no one can see her real one. We saw all of the flowers engraved in the Taj and got to look around it. Then, we took a train, that we actually made, for 2 ½ hours Jhansi, and then split up into three cars that we rode in for five hours to Damoh. The last hour of the car ride was the worst. The road was basically pot holes with some road in between. When we got there we met our hosts, David and Sheila Lall and then went to bed to have a good night sleep!

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

 

Jan
2011

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The Team Heads to Agra to Visit One of the Seven Wonders of the World
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Friday, January 21st, 2011

Today was an early day for our team! We were all ready to leave for a 4:15AM departure to Agra, but our bus driver never arrived to take us to the train station to catch our train  – so we impervised! It was the perfect example for us to be flexible especially when things are out of our control. “The reed that does not bend, will break and will be cut off by the sickle” is from an old Romanian proverb that we try to keep mindful during our trips. God is in control, so when things don’t work out- it must be for a reason; God has a better plan! Our second bus driver arrived to pick us up in his “night suit” at 5:00AM from the hotel and we headed straight to Agra. The positive side was that it was so early – we beat all of the traffic on our way out of Delhi! After the four hour journey, we settled into our rooms and immediately experienced our first Taj Mahal sighting of the trip. Except for two hours of prayer, the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. So, we will tour the entire site tomorrow, however, we viewed the majestic Taj Mahal from the back side where the Emperor’s black version of the Taj was going to be built. It was a unique view that most people never get to see. Afterward, we all took turns riding “Raja”, a two-year old, one-humped camel around the front of the entrance!

We also got an opportunity to visit an amazing marble factory where we gained a great appreciation for the craftsmanship that went into building the Taj Mahal. They create beautiful plates, tables and sculptures with intricately inlaid semi-precious stones, coral and mother-of-pearl in the same way the Taj Mahal was constructed hundreds of years ago. It is an amazing fine art that we were so blessed to see!

Tomorrow is another early day for us. We will be going to the Taj Mahal at sunrise!

2011 H4KI India Team

 

Jan
2011

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The H4KI Team Visits Gandhi’s Gardens
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Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The team got to enjoy a lazy morning before we headed out to tour New Delhi at 11:00AM. New Delhi, a city that is only around 100 years old is home to millions of people. A sea of motorized rickshaws fill the streets – turning and weaving what seems to be a controlled chaos. Surprisingly, the traffic moves very well!

Our first and most prominent stop today was the tour of Gandhi’s Gardens at the Birla House – where he lived off and on for many years. We not only toured the house but also got an opportunity to visit the gardens where he was assassinated. The grounds have the actual foots steps Gandhi took from his bedroom out into the gardens for his 5:00 prayers. The house is filled with many poignant scenes from Gandhi’s life as well as great historical achievements. The team really enjoyed reading the various “Gandhisms” throughout the house that gave great insight to his pure heart for all mankind. A day of remembrance will be honored in Delhi on January 30th – the day he was killed. Christians, muslims and hindus will worship together and hold a two minute moment of silence in honor of him.

 

Jan
2011

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H4KI Arrives in New Delhi Early This Morning
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Thursday, January 20th, 2011
3:51 AM

After at least a twenty-six hour long journey, out teammates are beginning to arrive at the new airport in New Delhi. Shawn, Makson and Shirvish from Mid-India Christian Missions were waiting to greet our team. Tom, DJ, Elizabeth and Angie arrived a little after 11:15PM, followed by Elizabeth (from Maryland) and Dr. Wani and Jamie (from Houston). Unfortunately, our teammate Vanessa ran into delays which caused her to miss her Newark to Delhi connection. We hear she has been a trooper and will arrive tomorrow evening. The Butler family ran into some delays as well which caused them to arrive at 1:30AM.

Tom ran back to the airport to receive them. It’s 3:45AM and I just heard some luggage being rolled down the hallway. It sounds like they are here – so it’s time to go to bed! Tomorrow, l we get started early – at NOON! We’ll give our team some time to catch their breath, have breakfast and then finish off the day with some amazing New Delhi sight-seeing! Let’s pray for journey mercies for Vanessa who still has a long journey ahead of her tomorrow.

 
 
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