Wednesday, October 13, 2010

From India with Love

Breaking news from Bethania Kids!

Two Bethania Kids staff members will be arriving soon to spend several weeks in the States - Paramadass and Godfrey Henry Immanual. I met Paramadass in Kodaikanal, where he works in the mountain village of Pumbari, where Bethania has one of its six Kodaikanal centers and Mabel's Creche - a sewing center for young women.

Paramadass is a warm and caring man committed to offering love and nurture to the children under his wing.

On the day I left Kodai and went for a farewell walk on Coaker's Walk, Paramadass was the last acquaintance I saw. He was picking up some medication for his daughter from the Van Allen Hospital.

Paramadass and Godfrey will be at my church, Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, on November 14, speaking at the adult forum and joining us in an Indian meal.

Remembering Rev. P. Herbert Anandaraj

Photos received from Prem Anand from a prayer meeting at the one-year anniversary of the death of his father, Rev. Herbert. Rev. Herbert was a semi-retired pastor in Barugur and Krishnagiri and lived on the Barugur compound in the bungalow my grandfather had built.

From earth's wide bounds,
From ocean's farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl
Streams in the countless host.
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.