We are moving from the Tenali area today back to Nalgonda which is 250 km from here. However, there is a strike in the province there, so the train is not running (we came to this area by train, but can’t return that way). So we will leave here earlier than planned and travel by car back to Nalgonda. There we will spend time with the main pastor here, Martin Tagaram, who works with Kenneth. On instruction from God several years ago, he left his job in his home region and moved to this state, Andara Pradesh, to start a church. The church meets in his home, and he is starting a school with Kenneth that will train members how to go out and plant churches house to house-style. From there church planters will move outward planting churches in communities as they go.

He told me an interesting custom of his house. Whenever his church meets, he always prepares a special dish, “the guest dish,” in faith that God will bring a guest to their meeting, often an unbeliever who is seeking God. When that guest arrives, they are given the special dish as a welcome. The pastor and his family rarely know ahead of time if there will be a guest or not, so they always prepare the gift by faith and have it ready. It occupies a special focus in the preparation for each meeting. What a wonderful testimony to their young church family and their children. The Indians in general are an extremely hospitable people, and I like this custom of the guest dish as an expression of hospitality and of faith. I might bring that one home with me, along with the three-finger scoop. Really, I can’t envision anything you couldn’t eat with the three-finger scoop…ice cream, spaghetti, salad, mashed potatoes…the list is endless…pie…pudding…pancakes with syrup…

 

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