Wednesday, March 4, 2009
A Day Spent in Delhi
There's a twelve and a half hour time difference between where I live and where I am right now(where the half hour comes in I have no idea). I am feeling the time shift and jet lag right about now as I conclude this first day spent in and around the environs of Delhi, the seat of government for India. It was here the Mogul Kings fought and it was here the British Empire retained its grip of control over the commonwealth of India. But more exciting than it's history is the vibrant present day work among believers in this land. Our team woke up to a bright day filled with car horns beeping, bicycles and rickshaws dancing, cows meandering and trucks bullying there way through the same crowded streets of this town of 14 million people. We traveled about an hour from GFA offices to the Bible college to speak to over 200 students as well as missionaries that work with Gospel for Asia. When we arrived, they made a procession complete with dancing and singing a song of welcome. (See picture above). They all sat perfectly still for a few straight hours and seemed to not to just endure but enjoy the teachings. The school sits on 32 acres and includes a few acres of farmland. Afterward we visited two schools where children are rescued from off the streets and slums of India (usually from an abusive situation by drug pimps) and cared for, educated and taught the gospel. Its quite impressive to think that a total of 53,000 of these children so far have been removed from the streets and brought into these havens. A great work and a great day!