Today we visited a GCM church in Kozhanchery. It was their monthly believers meeting. We approached in a narrow alley just wide enough for one vehicle and a pedestrian, if they hugged the wall. To get to this church we walked across a driveway righ in front of the home then descended some steps around the corner of the house which revealed a set of steps that went up to a upper room. As we passed through this narrow passage a middle aged woman in a sari style dress was mixing rocks, sand, and cement to make concrete for a nearby construction project. It was in the mid 90’s with full sun.
The church service started with loud praise songs and it seemed to alert the local church members that service had begun because they started to show up one by one until the church was full. There may have been 50-70 people, mostly woman, as the men were off to work and don’t get paid time off.
The worship was so authentic and sincere. It was so loud. Hands were raised, tears were present, and though we couldn’t understand a word of it, we could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.
There are so many people every where. It struck me that Jesus knows each and every one and he died for all their sin. It is sobering to think how few of these people know that.
The chirstians have an overwhelming task here. Babu told us about all the obstacles they face in government restrictions and the overwhelming presence of Hindu and Muslim influence. It truly is a David and Goliath situation. But they have one thing going for them that none of the others do. They are sent by a living God! A God that keeps His promises and is lord of all.
We continue to strugle with the challenges of interpretation. A couple of nights ago we ate dinner at our hotel. The menu is in English for our benefit but the waiter doesn’t know English. So we can’t really point to our orders and they can barely understand what we ask for. They talk to each other and talk to us for several minutes and then walk back to the kitchen. We just figure we will eat whatever shows up.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Whenever we tell the Christians here that our church is praying for them and our visit, they show so much excitement.