Well, I was trying to post on my blog last night, and the internet was spotty and taking me offline repeatedly. So, I finally got a clear signal and quickly posted the entry this morning. However, I forgot P1080466to put a title because I was hurrying. I guess this is the Lord’s sense of humor, or the Apocalypse (you choose), because when it posted, the title had been entered automatically by WordPress (my blog builder) as “666.” So I have fixed it. Apologies to all who thought I had gone around the bend in India for a moment. And I have to admit, sadly, that this title is not nearly as exciting or attention grabbing as the first. However, it’s 7 am here, and as many of you know, I don’t even wake up till 10, so exciting titles escape me at the moment.

We finally taught for the first time today [yesterday now] after a week in India. We have spent the time getting oriented and having some medical work done among the team. We traveled 55 km, which is about 35 miles, but it took us 2 hours due to road conditions. Lots of typical Indian cross-country sights.

There are many Hindu temples along the road, colorful and a bit Old Testament in the sense that this is real practicing idol worship. Sometimes in the big famous temples, they sacrifice so many goats at one time that the blood actually runs into the road and they have to make detours. I’m glad we are in the age of Grace. I am putting a photo here of the very popular monkey god. We saw him in his incarnation in the road today – that is to  say, we saw an actual monkey.2013-03-18 10.28.28

There are so many small, one-room temples along the road that you don’t notice them after a while. Some are colorfully painted and well kept. Others are very old and seem neglected or abandoned.

I will also put a picture of the church we taught in today. Notice the cloths stretched around poles for walls. It is the beginning of summer here, and it looks like it will be a hot one – they tell me temperatures reach a consistent balmy 118 degrees during the height of the summer in this district of India.

2013-03-18 11.01.10We will be returning for more teaching tomorrow, but will leave earlier to make up for bad road conditions – this slowed us down today and we were quite late getting there. Even on the far out country road, we are constantly dodging buses, trucks, motorcycles, and small, three-wheeled rickshaws crammed with up to 15 people. Also, cows and a lot of goats.2013-03-18 10.34.03