India, Days 13,14

Well, I’m home from India now. I’m trying to write a few posts to wrap up the India trip. Time and internet connections have still been hard to come by, which is the reason for the delay in reporting on the final part of the trip.

We spend the last two days of the trip, April 29 and 30, in Delhi. We got in three final meetings and did a little bit of shopping. Erin and the girls like colorful and sparkly things, which India is full of, so they really liked the clothes I brought them.

During the last two days, we got to visit one slum and sit in on a training meeting attended by about 10 pastors. They are learning simple Bible stories, such as the Prodigal Son, to share with others. It was neat hearing testimonies from them of ways God is using them to share the Word with others, people who are being miraculously healed, and people who are coming to Christ. Praise God!

The trip home was pretty uneventful. We left Delhi Wednesday night, April 30, and by Thursday afternoon I was back in Idaho with my family.

I’ll try to write a couple of final posts including some of the dress in India and a few parting thoughts on the trip.

I had wanted to do a post on food, but I just didn’t make that one happen. In the absence of an entire post with photos, here are a few comments:

  • The food was really good. Most of the northern Indian food we ate was reasonably spicy and had a curry flavor to it. There were all kinds of vegetable dishes and sauces.
  • Indians don’t eat much meat. As far as I can tell, you can’t find a bite of beef anywhere (owed to the fact that cows are sacred). Chicken, fish, and mutton are somewhat common, but plenty of Indians are vegetarians.
  • Given our Mexican roots, we were intrigued to find that a staple food is the chipati (sp?), which is a round, tortilla-like bready thing made from wheat. Indians eat them in much the same way that Mexicans eat tortillas.
  • Because I’m not as vegetarian as many Indians, some of my favorite foods we had were meat dishes. Tandoori chicken, which is skewered and then roasted in this pit-like oven thing (I don’t really know how to describe it), was excellent. A couple of Muslim dishes were also great: Kabobs in Lucknow (which is apparently well known for its kabobs) and shwarma in Delhi. I won’t try and describe them here, but if you’re interested, you can Google them.

I’ll wrap this up with a few more photos from India, in no particular order:

Having a broken car horn would be as serious a problem as having no brakes. Indians use their horns constantly! One of our travel books was giving advice for if you rent a car, and it said something to the effect of, “Use your horn when passing someone, when someone is passing you, when thinking about passing, or about the general concept of passing.” Boy, was that the truth! It was sort of humorous to us seeing many trucks that had painted instructions on the backs of them encouraging the use of horns:

The train station in Lucknow

A market area in Lucknow

Monkeys scavenging on the tracks at the train station in Lucknow

Roadside coconut stand in a village

The building of a traditional Christian church in the state of Uttar Pradesh. India has quite a few churches that have been around for decades or even centuries. Unfortunately, many of these are quite nominal.

What to do in a fancy restroom that has no toilet paper

3 thoughts on “India, Days 13,14

  1. Jason.Barnett

    Glad to hear that you are back home and everything went rather smoothly. It is also great to hear that you and Grant were able to have several more meetings, listen, and experience how God has been working in India.

    As for the food..I’m jealous…because Indian food rocks. Ashley and I have somewhat recently become vegetarians (I think it is in the California water :) and Indian restaurants are a great place to go for copious amounts of non-meat meal choices.

  2. rvthiessen

    Well, after 24 days, I got back too, to Mexico. I was privileged to travel with Grant and Chris, and be part of the questioning and discussing. I totaled it up, and we interviewed at least 19 missions/church leaders, 6 of those Indians, some Europeans, one Guatemalan, two Africans, the rest Americans. From nine organizations. Doing church planting through several strategies, sometimes incompatible with each other.
    Lots to process. Especially the “contextualization” thing, to a lesser extent, just where to work. The responses to posts below that try to keep a “Christian” a Christian for indentity sake are missing the point. That name was given to “us” be outsiders (at Antioch) and had nothing to do inherently with following Christ. The Great Commisson does not read: “Go and make Christians….” You know what it says. Disciples. That’s the only identity we need, and that takes a lot of external forms.
    Robert Thiessen

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