Visiting Another Mission
Tina, a great family friend, arrived on Saturday, Dec 7th and all three of us left for the small town the same day. While we were in the small town, we also met up with Jordan (Jaimie’s sister) and her husband John. All three of them came to visit us in Nagpur, too. While we were in the small town, we did many things including spending time with the children, teaching in the local church and watching a Christmas program. We had such a great time.
It was so refreshing to be welcomed by the missionary and his team. Anyone wanting to visit India on a mission trip should take the time to spend a few days with them and the children in their care. While we were visiting, we toured a Hindu temple and watched a service, I got a haircut (where they punch your face and call it a massage), drove motorcycles, played with children, and Jaimie and I were given teachings of Jesus on video to share with the local church in Nagpur. The videos were in both Hindi and Marathi, the state language of Nagpur.
Back in Nagpur
We were back in Nagpur for the last half of December. We visited a monkey temple, where the group carefully walked barefoot through a temple overran with monkeys watching eagerly to steal anything resembling food from your hand, bags, or pockets.
John and Tina were also able to speak in the local church! John presented a message on the marks of a true Christian, and Tina gave her testimony. It was a great Sunday and I think a great experience for everyone! Jaimie and I were so grateful for their visit and it was so encouraging to spend time with friends and family sharing the same passion for missions.
Ben & Jaimie Personal Events
All the good stuff was covered , but for those of you who want to know some personal events in our lives through December, here they are. For Christmas, the pastor & his wife made me a custom tailored shirt and bought Jaimie a traditional Indian dress called a sari (see the picture). We were also invited to the wedding reception of a friend in the office. (see the blurry photo of one of the dancers) It was awesome! The picture you see is a man dressed up standing on a cube of ice. And one more last thing – a car hit us on the scooter last Sunday…. and drove away! (We’re okay, nobody fell off or anything.)