Posted by Adam Dorsey
Today was a great day.
All of our team is healthy, except for our fearless leader. Darren is still reeling from a sizeable
stomachache, as well as a lack of sleep.
He was laid up all morning in the only air-conditioned room at Vijay’s
house, while the rest of us were teaching on church history! But God answered prayer and gave Darren
supernatural strength to get up and teach the final lesson on Christianity in
the 21st century. And a great
lesson it was. In fact, all the lessons
today seemed to really meet a need for the pastors, as they were all vocally
thankful to hear how God has providentially worked through human history to
bring the unstoppable gospel of grace to the ends of the earth, just as He promised
through the Old Testament prophets.
As soon as the last lesson was over, chairs were arranged on
the church’s platform, and the five of us (Ryan still being in Canaan) were
seated for a farewell ceremony. Vijay’s
father sat in the middle of our team, and offered a moving prayer of gratitude
for our service to him and the 20 or so pastors who attended the training. Then Vijay and some others presented each of
us with a beautiful floral necklace and authentic Indian shawl. Then we posed for a group photo with all the
pastors. What an incredible way to cap
off an amazing week of ministry, worship, and fellowship in the gospel.
Did I mention hot?
Today has by far felt like the hottest, drippiest day since we
arrived. The sun was out in full force,
and the humidity was unspeakable. I
thought having lived in New Orleans during the summer of 2005 gave me bragging
This trip has been a great blessing and privilege. We have all learned so much from our brothers
who are serving in such a challenging context.
They have been very gracious and loving toward us, and to witness their
fellowship as local church pastors has been inspiring. We look forward to returning home this weekend
to a sweet reunion with our families.
For those of you reading this who have supported us through prayer and
giving, we hope you are encouraged at how God has used this trip to help equip
fellow workers of the gospel here in India.