I count myself very fortunate to have been part of the Impact India 2013 group. Being my first Mission Trip I had no idea what to expect but soon realized it would turn out to be an extremely rewarding experience. I’m sorry for not being able to be at the service last Sunday but would like to share a few thoughts.
Our days were very full and looking back there were so many highlights, but a few were special to me personally. Getting to know the other members of the group and growing closer together, sharing moments, emotions, prayers and experiences during our early morning meetings on the open roof of the hotel will stay with me for a long time. I experienced a peaceful closeness to God that was a perfect start to our hectic days.
Attending a number of worship services as well as the men’s group on the Sunday in Vijayawada brought me to the realization that Christians all over the world are so similar despite our different cultures and languages. I felt so at home and it was such a comforting thought that we all worship the same wonderful God, a God who knows no boundaries, ever present no matter where we worship.
And then there was Kolkata! The chaotic traffic, millions and millions of people, yellow taxis, vast slums, poverty, broken bodies and souls, beggars, dilapidated buildings, cows in the streets, hungry dogs, extreme pollution, noise, dirt, smells, you name it! But also the peaceful quiet of the centre for dying adults, what a fantastic experience, never to forget.
I’m thankful to Celebration, Pastor Cory, the whole group, but above all, to God for this wonderful experience.