India in 17 Pictures

I want to thank the readership of this blog for your kind words regarding posts while I was away. Many thanks for overlooking the typos and misspellings that persist when you’re blogging from your mobile device in a foreign country with spotty internet and something like jet-lagged mashed potatoes for brains.

I wanted to post one last time with images from India. Each tells a story that would be a blog in its own right. Captions will have to suffice for the purposes of this post. With life getting back to usual, and me getting ever-so-close to a sleep schedule that resembles normal, it is a new me who has emerged. Experiences like this don’t fade away. Indeed, they make a lasting impact.

I hope the stories and images have impacted you as well.

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The ubiquitous rickshaw.

a dreary morning outside the Lalitupur train depot

a dreary morning outside the Lalitupur train depot

the not-so-dreary Indian children, gathered with the church

the not-so-dreary Indian children, gathered with the church

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myself and Dr. Ajai Lall, who our team leader rightly said was “one of the 2 or 3 most influential Christian leaders in the world”

a sleeping man and a wayward bovine...both out of place and both common place

a sleeping man and a wayward bovine…both out of place and both common place

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Jesus is growing larger in India

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because who doesn’t need a vase full of bread once in a while?

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Gandhi’s room

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I was going to buy my wife a pair, but I didn’t want to give her the wrong impression

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overlooking Damoh, India–home to Central India Christian Mission

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a toddler studies a puddle outside her makeshift home

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like much of India: I don’t understand it, it shouldn’t be, but I find it beautiful

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myself and my interpreter Daniel, preaching at the Youth Conference in Damoh

those who stood when I asked who had faced persecution--imprisonment, death, loss of loved ones--because of their faith in Christ

those who stood when I asked who had faced persecution–imprisonment, death, loss of loved ones–because of their faith in Christ

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preaching the Gospel in a village church near Lucknow, India

church leaders, all of whom have faced persecution for preaching

church leaders, all of whom have faced persecution for preaching

despite many hardships, this image captures  the spirit of the church in India

despite many hardships, this image captures the spirit of the church in India

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