India Trip

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Starting our journey home

by India Team

Written by Mike. Hi everyone! Just a short post to let you know that we’ve started our journey home. Here’s our itinerary in brief. Left on a bus from Vijayawada at 11am. Lots of fun with an electronic mosquito swatter. Arrived at Hyderabad airport 6pm. We said goodbye to our faithful guide and bodyguard, RJ. […]

Farewells, Family and Feast

by India Team

Written by Roy. Today we awoke excited about Helen’s birthday and that we had reached the end of the Vijayawada training. The praise times and pastors were upbeat and positive about being ready for the final 2 hour exam and both the team and pastors expressed great appreciation for the fellowship and learning. After certificates […]

Our Indian friends

by India Team

Written by Helen. The book of Acts was one of the topics we looked at today. As part of his teaching, Mike explained that Acts 1:8 was a quick summary of the whole book, and I was reminded that we are all called to be part of the mission of Acts 1:8, and to be […]

Father Abraham

by India Team

Written by Ross Wandhanalu, Today was an early start compared to yesterday – 7:15 for breakfast, then 8 o’clock for a briefing. We were ready in the lobby to be picked up at 8:30 where we found out that the pastors hadn’t even started breakfast yet. So it wasn’t as early a start as we […]

A new batch

by India Team

Hallelujah, Praise the lord! Elyse writing today. Welcome to week two of teaching! We are in Vijayawada teaching some 44ish pastors from the state of Andhra Pradesh. Some are local from the city but many have travelled in from the surrounding towns and villages, even bringing their small children; see the picture below, one little […]

Day off

by India Team

By Mike Wong. Wandanalu! (“Hello!” in the local language of Telugu) Today our team enjoyed a day of rest and recreation. We had a big day yesterday so we enjoyed a late breakfast before hitting the shops for some retail therapy. We were in the hunt for Indian-style clothing including saris and traditional shirts for […]

Dedication and commissioning

by India Team

By George What a remarkable day we have had! Where do I begin? The team had the opportunity of a much earned rest and a sleep in this morning. We decided to have a late breakfast which would double as lunch, because we were heading off at 12.30 this afternoon for the dedication of a […]

Training and train

by India Team

Written by Norman McLean We left Visakhapatnam at 8:43am after some confusion as people got on and off the train with heavy bags simultaneously. Looking from the train we passed low scrubby shrubs and swampy ground for about 100km but it was drained well. Railway signs are in Telegu, Hindi and English. We crossed a large river approximately […]

Hallelujah, praise the Lord!

by Mike Wong

Written by Helen Meredith. “Hallelujah, praise the Lord!” is a phrase we have heard many times a day throughout our time here, spoken by our Indian friends. It is also the most appropriate phrase for me to use at the end of this day to begin this blog! Today was our last day with the […]

A cultural exchange

by India Team

By Keith Wiencke Our day started once again with breakfast. Today for me it was a happy meal (see picture below). Then a team briefing to preview units 7, 8 & 9 and prayer before we set off through the amazing Indian traffic to the training centre. It’s a pleasant 10 minute journey. Adele shared […]