Random Thoughts and Observations


DRIVING IN INDIA:  Driving in India is exactly the same as the USA, except that there is no GPS coverage, no MapQuest and no internet help.  Also there are no printed maps, street or highway signs, traffic signs, stop signs and virtually no stop lights.  It’s just like the USA except they drive on the other side of the road, very fast and very close together, the largest and fastest vehicles get the right of way, with virtually no traffic laws or speed limits, and you can drive on either side of the road.  Also there are cows, ox carts, water buffaloes herds and hundreds of goats on all roads including the major highways. And there is no car insurance like we have here, no seat belts and no state inspection.   But other than that it’s just like driving in the USA. 


CAN I GET SOME SYMPATHY HERE?   I don’t suppose I can get any sympathy from you by complaining of the heat here?  It gets into the lower 90’s each afternoon.  Humidity is low, but it would still be more comfortable were it only to go up to the upper 80’s.  It does hit the low 70’s at night. 

The lobby of our hotel last night was so large it took forever every time we walked across it!  Isn’t that terrible?

I finally ate my first meal since arriving here when I had breakfast this morning.  Then I had a fresh, home cooked Indian meal for free at lunch. But they kept wanting to give me more food than I wanted to eat. Isn’t that awful! Now I’ll have to eat this great Indian food for the next 4 weeks!   Any sympathy coming my way????


KEEPING THE SAME OLD THING FRESH  We had the 3rd of 14 scheduled pastor’s conferences today.  They are virtually all the same for we hold them in new places to train unreached pastors.  Only a couple of them are places and pastors we are familiar with.  Sometimes I wonder how I can deliver 4 45+ minute sessions every day, and have it always the same, without getting bored or distracted.  Last year God kept it fresh in me each time by giving me a special connection with and burden for each group of pastors and wives.  Thus I could do every day as if it were the first day, therefore putting my best effort into it.  This year God has convicted me of the importance of the material I present, deeply convicting me of just how excellent and important it is for pastors.  I am deeply humbled at the privilege of being part of the tube (Moses being the other part) through which God has chosen to deliver these key truths to His people here.  As I speak I am amazed and impressed at the wisdom and guidance being given. The 4 sessions dovetail perfectly, supplementing and building on each other.  The 2 books given out afterwards take everything taught and give it more depth and personal application.  It is truly an amazing package that has God’s handwork all over it.  Because of this I can focus and be fresh each morning no matter how many times I say the same thing or how physically tired I am.  Having a front row seat to watch what God is doing is something I constantly thank Him for.  (I wish it was a seat, everyone else sits all day while I stand barefoot on concrete 4 hours a day.)


BEAUTIFUL FEET  Isaiah 52:7  How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news,  who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”


Romans 10:15  As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”


 I’ve seen the feet of hundreds of pastors in India and believe me, they are beautiful.  Think of those who have had a good spiritual impact on your life over the years.  Thank God for their ‘beautiful feet’ and ask Him to bless them  this day.

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