In 1998 and 2001, we were in India. The country is huge and has 1 billion, 310 million inhabitants. Most of the people are Hindu and worship more than 330 million gods, one of whom is Ganesh – who has the head of an elephant – the god of intelligence and wisdom, according to Hindu beliefs.
In India, we came across terrible poverty side-by-side with great riches. We had been invited by Pastor Ernest Komanopali from Hyderabad in the State of Andhra Pradesh which became the State of Telangana in 2014.
On arrival, we were greeted with garlands of sweet-smelling flowers. The streets were full of cars and scooters, bikes, (sacred) cows, and pedestrians. Several small businessmen were asleep under their barrows with their children.
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The Lord led Pastor Komanopali and his wife, Rachel, to create Manna Ministries which cares for several thousand orphan children and poor families in its orphanages. Quite a few churches have also been started. Thank-you, Lord!
With Caroline, our translator, and Francine, Alan was able to help train some of the students at the Bible Institute, and work with the pastors to communicate the Good News to the children.
We also met children from several towns and villages, and had real joy in bringing the gospel of Jesus to this part of India. What a joy mixed with so many emotions to see these children worshipping the Lord and praying with all their hearts, praising the one true God who loves us so much that he sent His only son, so that we could be saved.