Friday, 31 August 2007
"God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you and tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me" -Jesus (Matthew , chapter 5)
A friend sent this report about a place 3 hours away from here. I know Raju Abraham, I taught his daughter in the American school.Dalits are people from a backward, impoverished low caste background.The RSS and Bajrang Dal are extremist Hindu organizations.
. RSS attacks Christian Meeting in Uttar Pradesh 17 Aug. 2007 CPI Reports have just come in that a huge mob of RSS and Bajrang Dal activists attacked the Kacchuwa Mission Hospital near Varanasi in UttarPradesh. The hospital authorities had organized an Independence Day celebration where in they had organized Children's competitions and events in which about 400 Dalit Children were participating along with their parents. This was happening with the knowledge of the authorities and the police was duly informed about it. The RSS and the Bajrang Dal raised an objection to it and had complained about the event to the local authorities which had prompted the local authorities to further investigate the event following which they gave a clean chit to the mission. Infuriated by this the RSS and the Bajrang Dal today called on their cadre from various places near Varanasi and a huge mob attacked the mission at about 10:00 am. They destroyed property and caused mass vandalism and scared the children who started to run and took shelter at the back of the stage. Brother Raju Abraham tried to reason with the group and asked them to speak with him so that things could be solved through dialogue but the attackers hit him and roughed him up. He has a deep wound above his left eyebrow. Pastor Joy who was with Brother Raju Abraham, when tried to stop the attackers was also beaten up. According to reports the attackers shouted anti Christian and anti Dalit slogans and caused mass panic. It was only later that the police reached the spot. Last heard the Local Magistrate had arrived on the scene and statements were being taken.
I have many such reports from all over India.Opposition doesn 't like it when people are drawn towards the truth.The Indian constitution gives full freedom to all faiths to practice and propagate their religion.
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
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Monday, 27 August 2007
This is another great Indian festival. My friend Carol Ann taught me how to post videos so I am posting this one tonight and will write about the festival tommorrow.
The video is very clear , this festival celebrates the bond between brother and sister. I don 't have any biological brother, but many God given ones.
I heard about the bad weather in the US. Pray all my friends out there are safe. May God keep you all safe.Take care
But the best reason I blog is to share prayers requests with my friends and pray for them , be built up in my faith and build others up too.
Posted by Amrita at Monday, August 27, 2007
Talks are going on between the Congress and the Left parties. Lets see what the outcome will be.
The shocking Hyderabad terror attacks has numbed the country again.More than 40 dead. Our hearts bleed for those killed, wounded and maimed.Will this ever stop?
Why innocent people? Seven Information Technology students visiting from the neighbouring state of Maharashtra died,young men full of promise.A brother left his two sisters waiting in cab while he went inside the fast food joint where one of the bombs exploded, he died in there. Many tourists were enjoying a peaceful evening in Lumbini Park when the explosion snatched their lives away.
O Lord have mercy on your creation.
Friday, 24 August 2007
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Monday, 20 August 2007
These are a variety of sweets on display. Rasgullas are black or while balls made with milk and flour immersed in sugar syrup.
Please pray for my vertigo to go, I really feel ill when I get this spell.
Saturday, 18 August 2007
Now such activities are prohibited by law and I 'm glad they are.
Today is Nag Panchami, a day Hindus worship snakes.They go to temples or make snakes idols and offer them milk, rice,honey and flowers.The snake charmers do brisk business as the devotees offer them money.
But each year thousands of snakes die in the offing as they starved before the festival so they can drink the milk offered by the worshippers.They are killed because of over feeding and over handling.There are NGOs trying to educate people about this.
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Shalimar Gardens in India and a Kashmiri woman
There is so much more to my country.
Today is a day of national celebration. There are parades and festivities everywhere. If I had the skill I would have posted some utube videos.
Its been raining since 2 days so its cool. I am gong to cook chole which is a chickpea stew with onions, garlic, tomatoes and spices, and paneer parathas (never tried them before) and in the evening I could get take away dosas (rice/lentil pancakes with veggies and stew) or just make omelets depending on the weather.
PS; The paneer parathas turned out great. Shared with pastor Shay who turned up for a visit. Later on Sunila (his wife) brought us a dish of chicken biriyani (aromatic rice with spicey chicken) I 'm saving that for dinner. Wish all of you friends from blogland could come along too.
Maybe we should all get together for an International Blogland Potluck.
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
In today's reading he says if we are to recover from the brokenness caused by troubles in our personal lives we are to depend on God and not on anyone else to meet the deepest needs of our personality.This truth can really transform our lives.
The needs of our human personality can be categorized in a number of ways but the most basic ones are these
1) the need to be loved unconditionally...SECURITY
2)the need to be valued ...SELF WORTH and
3)the need to make a meaningful contribution to God 's world ...SIGNIFICANCE
Human beings can function effectively only to the degree that these needs are met. if they are unsatisfied,our ability to function as a person is greatly hindered, if they are adequately met then other things being equal we have the potential to function effectively.
Our need for security, self worth and significance can be fully met only in a close and ongoing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If we do not let Christ meet these needs then because they have to be met in order for us to function effectively we will attempt to get them met in and through others. But no human being however loving ,kind and considerate they may be,can fully meet these needs.They can only be met in Jesus.
We 've had a hot and humid spell and now its raining, COOL.
Aunt S is doing OK she seems happy oblivious to all troubles of life. no tension, no worry,just wants to go home.She is like a small child.
Monday, 13 August 2007
Church was good.Worship really uplifting. A student from Mizoram ( NE state) spoke from 1 Peter 1;3-9 How suffering can make us grow. He said it was the first time he was preaching in English but he did very well.
He told us a story about his cousin sister who had rejected God. She was wealthy and satisfied and felt no need for God in her life. One day the police caught her smuggling contraband and she was sentenced to fifteen years of imprisonment.That brought her close to God. She is serving time and asks her cousin to pray for her.
In the evening we had a Partners in Hope seminar in church.Dr John Thomas, an ex-medical doctor and 3 friends from the US (Maryland) spoke.They talked about unity among churches and witnessing. They belong to a Messianic church and sang the benediction in Hebrew.It was a real blessing.
At the seminar was present the Pastor of the 7th Day Adventist church. We know him and he has visited us several times and tried to convert us to his doctrine but to no avail.Anyway some months back he barged into one of our church member 's house (two retired sisters) with a bunch of land mafia goons and threatened them to leave the house.When I saw him I was really mad and confronted him about it. Well he really squirmed when I stepped on his toes.Tried to make excuses but I did what I had to do, speak against injustice.
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Thursday, 9 August 2007
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Sunday, 5 August 2007
Had a good worship and communion service. A Bible College student named Rahul was the leader.He heads in a very Spirit filled way.
My cough is a lot better thanks to a herbal medicine. One dose and I feel better, the conventional cough syrup was taking too long.And I had Tulsi or Holy Basil tea, it helps the throat. Wonder why its called holy Basil?
Since Uncle Kenneth died Aunt Sybil 's mind has deteriorated very fast. Her eyesight is almost gone too. In the evenings she gets very agitated. I am giving her a mild sedative recommended by the doctor otherwise she was driving herself and us crazy. Its hard to see her like this, but this is life. It is very stressful for Mama and me, please pray for us. We need special grace to go through this. Its very hard.
Yesterday a friend, Verghese Cherian visited us after 24 years.He was a student here and we were in the Christian fellowship (like the Inter Varsity Fellowship). He holds an important position in the state dairy of Kerala (S.India), his wife is a dentist.His church wants to do outreach work in N India, he was visiting in that connection.
He reminded us of a Christmas program we had many years ago in which he was the leader.The music group I had formed called Singing Disciples sang a song.When Verghese announced the next group, he found that they were not ready.He asked the Singing Disciples if we could sing another song and never to miss an opportunity we got right back and sang another song. I had forgotten this. But its a good memory.
One thing I remember about the program was, my Dad was responsible to provide lunch and tea for about a 100 people.He charged very little money and provided such good food abundantly that everyone was surprised.
A few years ago there was a ladies conference at the Bible College and Canadian missionary Rev. Krampitz asked my parents to do the catering.As usual my Dad provided excellent food as the minimum cost and Rev Krampitz could not believe it and asked my Dad to check his accounts over and over over again saying he must have spent his own money somewhere.He requested my Dad to manage the College cafeteria, but my Dad refused saying he had his church ministry and after retirement wanted to lead a less active life (which he was not able to do really).
Posted by Amrita at Sunday, August 05, 2007
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Wednesday, 1 August 2007
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