Sunday 6th December
We had a problem
this morning , a visit from special branch. Brother Raju
was asked to show our passports. He asked us to stay in
the hotel while he dealt with it. We didn't even dare look
out of the window. We found out afterwards that they thought
we were linked with the problems they'd just had. Apparently
there had been riot by the Hindu's against a visiting evangelistic
team from America. Special Branch thought that we were this
team trying to enter India visa's under false premises.
This was quite frightening for me, wondering whether we
would be arrested, or lose our passports, but Brother Raju
dealt with the matter superbly.
We had such a
full day today. I hadn't felt brilliant. Started with bladder
problems and just couldn't stomach all the rice that was
the basis of the diet there . But I was well armed with
medicines, and also my knowledge of how lemon juice gives
your stomach a rest, was a great help. I had brought maple
syrup and cayenne pepper to add to it to make it into lemonade.
Lemons are easy to get in India. Also Neil's reminder of
not forgetting the cumin seemed came in handy and I never
really had a 'Delhi Belly' in Tenali again after a good
half teaspoon of that in water.
We were taken
by Adi, pipping and hooting as he raced through the streets
to Brother Raju's church. Anita and Florence gave wonderful
testimonies. Anita's testimony was so simple yet effective
and moving. Florence's message was heart rending as with
tears in her eyes she told the people how she would always
hold them in her heart and that she would leave a part of
her heart with them. Anita spent much of her time crying.
She explains in her journal how she felt so humbled as we
all did by the love and gentleness of these people.
We handed out
wet wipes to the children as they were so fascinated with
the simplest things. They wiped our feet with them as they
crammed in the room to get as close as they could to us.
It made us feel a bit like Jesus when He had His feet washed.
Gudrun as always gave the message of salvation prayed for
the people, and we left with the children gathering round
the car and waving us goodby
We went back
to Brother Raju's where everyone had dinner but me and they
let me lay on a bed under the fan. I had the most delicious
sleep, ready for our next adventure that afternoon where
we would go over the river on a makeshift raft to the tribal
people who lived next to the banana trees......