"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24
Before church. They loved putting flowers in my hair! Ok ok I loved it too.
Then they gave us our cloth
A lot of ladies helped with mine
Oh wait wrong ones. Let's trade them : ).
And of course I had to get pictures with babies!!
Gary and I both got to serve them.
We were always served inside the house at this table. We aren't very use to special treatment like this, but "our family" was so sweet and wanted us to be taken care of.
Sirisha and Teja on their way to the beach.
From left to right: a cousin, another cousin (Juicy was his name), Sirisha, Gary, me, and Jyosthna.
us with the other couple, Teja and Sirisha.
Us with Jyosthna
Prabhu Doss, Gary, me, Jyosthna, Dharma, and John Bob
I'm sure they are having some deep biblical discussion.
Gary has a gun pointing over Teja's shoulder
So then Teja took Gary's sunglasses and got his gun out! I think this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
John Bob and Gary
A good picture and then...
It was so funny we had to get out of the water to re-cooperate!
Trying to build a sand castle with his feet.
They bought some boiled peanuts. Gary claims they called them something else that day, but everytime we asked nobody knew anything they were called except boiled peanuts. I think he is crazy in the head sometimes : ).
I love this picture of Teja eating his peanuts!
Gary loved this fishing boat. He said he imagines this is something like what Peter James and John were in when Jesus found them.
They even use these fishing nets. India is so Biblical!
The guys: Teja, Prabhu Doss, Gary, John Bob, and Dharma.
We are fishers of men!
Equipped with nets! Love the sunset in this one too!
It was only our second full day there and we already knew India had a special place in our hearts!
After we got back from the beach and got cleaned up we went to some church member's homes so Dharma could give them the Lord's Supper.
This lady in the green is not able to make it to worship because of her health. She used to be a Hindu, but has been converted. We visited and prayed with them.
We brought the crowds out to that house. When we first got there only a couple of people were there, but the longer we stayed the more people that showed up. I have no idea where they all came from.
This lady is also a member of the church. She is the one who made my blouse for my saree!!
Then we went to this man's house. His name is Kirshna Murthy. He also used to be Hindu. Dharma had been telling him that we were supposed to be coming and he wanted us to come see him so bad. You can't see it in this picture, but there is a Hindu god on the wall behind him that one of his sons put up there. They don't agree with his decision to be a Christian. He doesn't like the god being on the wall and is even willing to move out to the hut that is in the front yard. This hut has no walls and the floor is uneven mud. The "roof" is made of bamboo leaves and I'm sure leaks and is not much of a shelter when it rains. But he is willing to live it to be away from the god his son put in his house.
He told us so many stories about his past and Dharma. He has bad knees and Dharma will come to his house and help him stretch and exercise so he doesn't get stiff. It's love like this that shows people what true Christianity is.
I wanted to give him a hug because he was so sweet! He just ducked his head and started laughing!
It was a great day and an even better way to finish the day. We were able to worship God, spend time with family, and meet some amazing people with awesome stories!!