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Some Pics from India

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Here are just a few pics from my time in India. I was in a village called Ventrapragada which is near a city called Vijayawada. I was teaching pastors and others interested in Christian ministry how to teach and preach the Bible.

Almost there (after a 14 hour flight from Newark)!

Sunrise in Hyderabad, India

Our Classroom and Students for the Week

The Church (left), Children's Home (center), School (up top)

Leaders of the Ministry After the Day is Done (Upside down, don't get it)

Rooftop Where I Prayed Each Morning

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FRAN0426 5/26/2014 10:14PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. Now your back in time to enjoy the warmth and sunshine. Hope your trip was an experience to remember for ever.

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HOLLYM48 5/26/2014 7:25PM

    I was hoping we would see a few pics from your trip! Hope it was a success and I hope you felt better while you were there since you had been sick up to the time of your travels!

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DNJEN471 5/21/2014 11:31AM

    How amazing that must have been! emoticon

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AGGIEKBEAR03 5/20/2014 10:20AM

    Such a cool experience! Thank you for sharing pictures of your trip.

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HARVESTER54 5/20/2014 7:51AM

    Thanks for sharing

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KAMEL622 5/20/2014 6:32AM

    Awesome pictures!

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Back from India

Monday, May 19, 2014

I had a great trip to India. It was hot, very hot, but the time was well spent and I'm very glad I went. It's good to be home, though I have some recovering to do. I took a "nap" at 4:00 p.m. yesterday and ended up sleeping for 8 hours. So now it's 4:00 a.m. the next day and I've been wide-awake for the last four hours. Oh well, my clock will turn around soon enough.

Hope you all have a great day, looking forward to getting back into the SP swing!

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UWHK8STER 5/19/2014 12:21PM

    Welcome back! Glad you had a great trip.

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KAMEL622 5/19/2014 11:18AM

    Welcome home!!! The body is saying it needs to rest.
Sounds like a fascinating trip!! ....ride on...kath

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HARVESTER54 5/19/2014 9:24AM

    So happy yo had a good trip and are home safe. When I returned from Isreal, I sllept for 30 hours straight!

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MIGHTYMOUSE215 5/19/2014 9:17AM

    Glad you made it home safe :)

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BILL60 5/19/2014 8:42AM

    Welcome back, my friend.

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Heading to India Today

Monday, May 05, 2014

Well the day has finally come, and in a few hours from now I will board a plane and begin my 50 hour journey to India. The itinerary is Minneapolis to Newark, Newark to Mumbai (19 hours), Mumbai to Hyderabad, Hyderabad to Vijayawada, and then a one-hour drive from Vijayawada to our final destination, Ventrapragada, where I will teach Pastors about teaching the Bible, and where I will learn from them about many things. Our team goes as servants, not superiors.

The one hitch in the get along is that I'm still quite sick. But the Lord really encouraged me Saturday morning when I came across Galatians 4:13. The Apostle Paul wrote, "You know it was BECAUSE OF a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus."

Point being, the Lord is in control of everything, and he actually uses everything--even sickness--to accomplish his purposes. And so I go in faith, believing that the Lord has a plan and provision for me, and for those I'm going to serve. He will work all things together for his glory and our good, in his own time and way.

Alrighty then, time to eat, read, and go! See you all in two weeks.

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HOLLYM48 5/15/2014 6:12PM

    I hope you are having a great trip and everyone is learning from one another! Hope we hear all about it when you are back!

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UWHK8STER 5/6/2014 2:38PM

    I hope that you have a good trip and a successful one. Feel better also!

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PENOWOK 5/6/2014 6:34AM

    God speed...and heal!

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GOODGETNBETR 5/5/2014 10:34PM

    Amen and God bless you and your journey. Safe travels

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AGGIEKBEAR03 5/5/2014 12:40PM

    Hope you feel better soon! I can't wait to hear about your trip!

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AUNTRENEE 5/5/2014 8:47AM

    Have a safe trip. Hope that you are feeling better.

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DNJEN471 5/5/2014 7:55AM

    Have a safe trip. God bless!

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PEZCATHY 5/5/2014 7:33AM

    I will keep you in my prayers for complete healing soon. At least you have 19 hours where you can rest, even though it is hard to rest on a plane, you won't have to move around. I am humbled that you are doing this for God's purpose. So proud of you too! I'm hoping you will keep all of us updated on your progress and travels. I am going to friend you, and look forward to at least weekly updates!!!

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BILL60 5/5/2014 7:01AM

    Hope you feel better. That's an awful way to be on the road for 50 hours.

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Beautiful Day

Sunday, May 04, 2014

It's been such a long winter, and wintry spring, that I sure am grateful for a gorgeous day in Minnesota! And I got to share it with my beautiful wife, and our daughter who turned 20 today!

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AUNTRENEE 5/5/2014 9:20AM

    Happy Belated birthday to your daughter. My grandniece will be 2 years old this coming Wednesday and my oldest niece (aunt to the grandniece) will be 22 years old this July.

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PENOWOK 5/5/2014 6:37AM

    Happy birthday to your daughter!!

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Sickness and Hope

Saturday, May 03, 2014

I'm up super-early this morning, sick as a dog yet again. As I sat here thinking about how often I've been sick this year, and my impending trip to India, one of my favorite passages from the Bible came to mind, John 15:1-11. I hope it blesses you as it has me this morning.

Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

"If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."

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HOLLYM48 5/3/2014 7:58PM

    I hope you feel better soon and stay healthy on your trip to India. Take good care of yourself!

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STEVENK87 5/3/2014 9:39AM

    I am praying you feel better too

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MIGHTYMOUSE215 5/3/2014 8:47AM

    Love it! Prayers you feel better before your trip to India :)

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BILL60 5/3/2014 7:43AM

    Very nice!!

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SHOOTINGSTAR12 5/3/2014 7:06AM

    Have a blessed day my friend emoticon

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