Sunday was amazing for me. In the evening service we celebrated the graduation of seniors, the singing of the youth choir, and I was asked to preach. Congratulations Alex Eaton, Colby Crosby, Zach Rich, and Peyton Reagan on graduating soon:) One response from the graduates is she desires to be where God wants wants her to be in ten years. Such humble hearts from this class of students. This humility makes my job easy. Preparing the message for the night was a lot of fun. Using the story of Jonah I preached on God giving us direction in life, God delivering men and women from who they are to a glorious relationship with Him, and God delighting in using His messengers for His purposes. After the service we held a bake auction to raise money for MFuge that is going on for the youth this summer. It was a hit! I would have loved to raise several thousand dollars but I believe God placed just the right people giving just the right amount for all of our students to be able to go to camp July 11-16. A safe trip home Monday morning and I am set now to preparing myself for India!
I have learned several new things this week. First off tho I am paid off. I have several people to thank for this but primarily I want to give a shout out to my dear parents who are not only allowing me to go but are strongly encouraging and supporting me to go. My mom is doing her best to bug me with questions… but I know with each question is required an answer. Some of the things she thinks is important I do not readily think about. She is an enormous help and is even beginning to read a great book written by a humble pastor called, Radical. I encourage everyone to read this short book! The other few things I have secured in knowing has to deal with culture. I finally read through all of a travel manuel that I have and it explained a little about the work that is being done. The main campus of IGL is called the Sharon campus. It is here that I will be staying. I am preparing myself to live in rough conditions but I believe I may be sleeping in a safe, air conditioned room! I am not disappointed in this. The other couple of things that were new to me were found in the packing list. IGL is very clear on what needs to be packed and what does not (by gender even).
In the morning I am going to make a final run to wal-mart and hope that be the afternoon I will have everything I need to pack and be ready to leave by 10 0’clock Thurs morning. I am also starting on a short list of Hindi words that will do me well to memorize before I get there. “Namaste” is a formal greeting when beginning conversations in their culture.