This morning we awoke to news that two people from the village of Lymalli wished to be baptized. We left early to meet them, but they were running late – and we had to press on to Hyderabad for morning services. Later, we learned that they are husband and wife!
We met with the brethren at Film Nagar in Hyderabad. Their building is marked the Mount of Olives church of Christ. There were 20 or so in attendance. This is a slum area literally next door to a high-wealth area where many movie stars have their mansions. Hyderabad is the “Hollywood” of India. It is quite a contrast – to say the least. The wonderful news is that after the service, several stayed around visiting and talking. Three decided to obey the Gospel – two women and one man.
This afternoon, I am back at the hotel where we began our journey. I remember my first thoughts a month ago that this was not the “greatest” of hotels. Boy, it seems like the Ritz Carlton this time around! I guess it is a matter of perspective, but some of the areas were just not good.
I plan to do a bit of shopping, and as there is no evening service – return to the hotel. We plan to eat at McDonalds tonight, but I understand they DO NOT serve beef . . . water buffalo it is. I love the Indian food, and it has ALL been “chalabugundi” (very good), but I am longing for some American cuisine! Even junk food would taste good right now!
Tomorrow, we buy a wheelchair for Indrakala, the sweet young lady from Bhootpoor, who recently contracted a crippling “unknown” disease. Then, later that evening, I preach for the last time on this trip in another home.
Then, Tuesday, we do a little more shopping, and I meet up with Dad Humphries at the airport. Our flights are confirmed, and I cannot wait to get back to those I love. But, I also hate to leave these wonderful folks. The Indian brethren certainly have done more for me than I feel I have done for them.
P.S Baptism count is at 104 as of this morning!!