The training in the north ended well. We learned a lot about how to do the workshop on Genesis. It was our first time to teach the new curriculum and we had to make some adjustments but it is fun to learn as we teach others. I think I am learning how to be a better student and preacher of the Word as I teach others how to do it.
On the way
down to the south we had a plane change in Mumbai. They had changed our
flight time to almost 5 hours later which messed up all our connections
and would have made us arrive very late the night before we were to
train. We had to buy another ticket for that leg on another airline.
Just one of those travel things.
We had our first day of training
in South India today. It went really well. The men here are so bright
and enthusiastic about what they are learning. It is a joy to work with
them. But it is not all rosy, none of them had done their homework. I
had to get on them a bit about that. It is pretty typical for our
students at is stage. They have to learn to do homework on their own,
something they are not used to. I think as a group they have trained
close to a hundred other people in 6 or 7 different locations since our
last training and several are using it in their churches to train their
people how to understand the bible.
It is interesting here,
fairly hot and humid. I think it was about 93 or so today. They have a
real problem with power in the city. It goes off every now and then for a
bit and the voltage drops every so often. During one session we started
with the windows open and the ceiling fans on. Then as it got hotter
they closed the windows and turned on an air conditioner. Then the power
dropped and the unit went off. So it was back to opening the windows
and depending on the ceiling fans. Then the lights started flickering
and they had to turn off one fan, and then later the other, and finally
the lights went out. All this happened in a space of about an hour.
wife of one of the leaders had a bad accident last week. She was in
their back yard washing clothes in a small shed. An old palm tree fell
on the shed and nearly killed her. She was not seriously hurt but will
have several months of recovery. Although her husband cares deeply for
her, he is here learning and is joyful as usual. We hope to see her
later this week. She is such a sweet gal and is faithfully pressing one
in spite of it all.
My back continues to slowly improve. It gets
stiff when I stand a lot but otherwise hurts little. Thanks so much for
praying with me about that. Compared to what my students, and their
wives, face I have it easy.