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Reflection on a Modern Missionary Journey

October 2018

IEM map of India

Monday 15th October. I'm off again to India, this time to Delhi via Mumbai. Not long after arriving I visited the urban slum work with Stephen, an IEM missionary, and also the Day Care Centre run by IEM.

The day care centre

Wednesday 17th October, a short internal flight to Guwahati, then by car to Shillong with Dr. Kharchandy, who is an IEM Board Member.

  • Mairang
    Thursday 18th October, visited Mairang with Kharchandy to see the work started on a new Christian school.
  • Mairang
    The school needs finance to finish the work. Hopefully a charitable charity will be able to help.
  • On the road at Mairang
    On the road at Mairang.
Friday 19th October, return by car to Guwahati, then overnight train to Itanagar and Doimukh in Arunachal Pradesh, North-East India.
Saturday 20th October, arrived in Doimukh

  • Doimukh
    Doimukh, visiting Rev Kap, IEM missionary, and his family.
  • Doimukh
    Sunday 21st October, worship at the local Baptist church, where I preached.
  • Doimukh
    Boys sing at the service in Doimukh.
  • JL trying on Nishi warrior paraphernalia.
    Monday 22nd October visited the Nishi Baptist Church General Secretary to discuss the land they hope to make available to IEM to enable them to build a new childrens’ hostel. While there I had the opportunity to try out some traditional Nishi Warrior accessories!
Tuesday 23rd October, overnight train back to Guwahati.

  • Hyderabad
    Wednesday 24th October, internal flight to Hyderabad. Overnight stay with Rev Jebakumar, senior IEM missionary, and his wife Crownie.
  • Chinnoor
    A birthday boy in Chinnoor.
Thursday 25th October, by car to Chinnoor Field, a drive of about 4 hours, to visit Sathiaraj, IEM missionary.
Friday 26th October to Sunday 28th October, taken by car to visit about 10 remote villages where IEM are at work, a distance of about 250 kms.
Sunday 28th October, I preached at Asnad, at the church built in memory of my wife Joyce Lancaster, who died from cancer in 2002, and is remembered lovingly by many of my IEM friends.

  • Asnad
    Asnad Christians.
  • Asnad
    Joyce's church.
  • Asnad
    IEM missionaries.
  • Asnad
    A Christian couple at Asnad.
  • Asnad
    Christians at Asnad.
  • Asnad
    An IEM church.
Monday 29th October, travel by car back to Hyderabad, and visit Florance and Philip, who are strong supporters of IEM, and whose house is always open to me.

  • Hyderabad
    The visit included a pillion ride with Philip to the local fish market!
  • Hyderabad
    Florance & Philip.
  • Hyderabad
    The fish market.
Wednesday 31st October, internal flight to Bangalore and the IEM Offices.
Saturday 3rd November, to OTI for IEM Overseas Leaders’ Conference.
Sunday 4th November, visit IEM church in the Krishnagiri Field and also the local boys’ and girls’ hostels.

  • Krishnagiri
    IEM church, Krishnagiri
  • Krishnagiri
    The boys hostel, Krishnagiri.
  • Krishnagiri
    The girls hostel.
  • Krishnagiri
    IEM friends.
  • Krishnagiri
    Monkeys seen out on the road.
Wednesday 7th November, to Bangalore and internal flight to Delhi, to stay at the YMCA Centre.
Thursday 8th November to Sunday 11th November, attended the 49th Annual IEM Conference at Mount Carmel School, representing SPBC and also Friends of IEM UK.

  • IEM HQ Bangalore
    IEM HQ Bangalore.
  • IEM Conference
    Annual Conference, dancing.
  • IEM Conference
    IEM friends.
Sunday 11th November, leave Delhi for London via Mumbai.
Monday 12th November, arrive London Heathrow, after a trip lasting 25 days, travelling by air, train and car, through 7 Indian States.

See my visit to OTI in May. I had a shorter visit to India earlier in this year to attend a service for the dedication of OTI's new dining hall extension. If you are on Facebook join Johns mission trip to India for the latest news.

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