Monday, November 17, 2014

Siliguri

A new convert.
We had to hike down to the church and back up again!
My helper that helped make my climb back to the
Road much easier!
Randy and the men make it back also!
Don't know if you can see the monkey on the top of
the second building on the right.  
Our next stop was in the city of Siliguri. I won't go into the details concerning the 14 hour train ride from Dimapur to NJP, but suffice it to say that we canceled the return train ticket and flew directly back to Delhi. 

Monday we took a jeep taxi up the mountain to Sonada, a town very close to Darjeeling. We passed through the tea plantations and saw many signs for elephants, but we didn't see any that day. Randy and the other men saw them another day. Those photos will have to wait to be posted until we arrive home. We did see monkies! 

Most importantly, we had a refreshing time of fellowship and training. The people took great care of us. Tuesday and Wednesday the ladies stayed in the hotel while the men made the 2 1/2 hour journey each way back up the mountain for meetings. By Wednesday night Randy had lost his voice. Praise the Lord Thursday was a day off!!

The men traveled to Jaigoan on Friday to meet with some special people, spent the night, and then joined us in Siliguri on Saturday.

Sunday School Class
Grace-my sweet helper
Delicious real chai tea!
 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17

Sunday was a sweet time of fellowship with the Chothe family! We met Brother Athem last year, but his family was not with him. This year we were honored to be a part of his services followed by lunch at their home. Then the adults went for ice cream, tea, and encouraging conversation. It was relaxing and fun. As usual we received plenty of staring. The lady at the table next to us kept taking our picture. 

Monday we will be flying back to Delhi and then on to Ireland. It is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to this part of the world. We are anxious to see our family and sleep in our own beds, but sad to be saying goodbye to our dear friends. Our journey has added many new friends to our lives.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Beautiful upon the Mountains

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Isaiah 52:7

Arriving at the airport in my fancy car!
Waiting for our helo!
And we're off!
They all came out to meet us!! We felt so special!
I think they were really excited to see the helicopter!




Randy and some staff men on a break.
Just a few of the 77 women we were privileged to spend time with.
Waiting for the cultural event to begin.
The men performing a call to war dance. Made us slightly
nervous when they came closer with the machetes!
These women did a beautiful  performance reinacting their history as
farmers and weavers.

On Sunday our group boarded a helicopter bound for the Aizuto Mission Center up in the mountains of Nagaland. During landing we could see the ridges around the field where the helicopter came to rest lined with people who had come to witness our arrival! It made me smile and even brought a tear to my eye. As I disembarked, I raised my hand and waved to each group. I was thrilled to see them enthusiastically wave back.

We spent Sunday evening at Central Baptist Church.  Imagine my surprise as I read the plaque telling about the first missionary that brought the Gospel to the Sumi tribe many years ago being from Minnesota!

Monday we began our classes at 830 a.m. We had a wonderful time with the students. One of my favorite things was to hear them sing. I think when they sing that Heaven must stop and listen!! BEAUTIFUL! 

The staff and faculty prepared all of our meals and were extra careful with what they provided. We loved the fresh fruits and vegetables the most!! Spoiled is what we were. They put us up in the mission house that is now run by the government for tourism. We were all very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed our time in the cooler weather!

On Wednesday afternoon the students put on a cultural extravaganza for us! Before they began they presented us with special woven gifts that represent the Sumi tribe. Those pictures are on the camera and will have to be posted when we return to the States. 

I always feel somewhat embarrassed by how honored they are to have us in their villages. It is we that are honored and blessed by their friendship and kindness.

We hated to say goodbye on Thursday morning. Our journey there and the time spent with them will forever be etched in my mind.  The mountains in Nagaland are truly blessed with beautiful feet!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Friday Ladies' Training and Saturday Evening Hostel Preaching

On Friday Tammy and I conducted a morning training time for area teachers and "housewives". One of the ladies said she was "just" a housewife taking care of home and children AND running a hostel!! I told them there was NO such thing as "just a housewife." I married a man not a house, for one thing. The other thing is that all work is important! When we took pictures at the end and someone called for a group picture with the housewives, one of the ladies said, "I am housewife no more. Now I am Homemaker!" Tammy did a great job as usual training the ladies on how to make teaching more productive. We passed out the hand sanitizer that many people in America donated.

Saturday the men separated and went to two hostels to preach. They both saw 15 trust the Saviour. Today we head by helicopter to Aizuto. We are excited to see how the Lord will use us!

Have a blessed week.

All Nations

This week we had training at All Nations Baptist College in Dimapur.  There were also some students from another local college included. We had a wonderful time! The staff have been such a blessing to us.