Medical Camp

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The Thompson’s 3 in India

Sunday was an amazing day!

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We celebrated the Lord's day at the church at Elnora Children's home.  Afterward, we gave out cards and notes that had been written by members of our congregation.  Becca decided to sit with the children instead of the seats up front reserved for us.
We celebrated the Lord’s day at the church at Elnora Children’s home. Afterward, we gave out cards and notes that had been written by members of our congregation. Becca decided to sit with the children instead of the seats up front reserved for us.

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Rebecca posing with her 3 new brothers.  The ladies all disappeared too quickly to get a photo, but I do have a video posted on my facebook page of all 7 of the baptisms.
Rebecca posing with her 3 new brothers. The ladies all disappeared too quickly to get a photo, but I do have a video posted on my facebook page of all 7 of the baptisms.

God is so good!

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Church of Christ
First I spoke with the ladies.
First I spoke with the ladies.

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And then Tyler spoke to the entire congregation.
And then Tyler spoke to the entire congregation.

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And we prayed with many ladies
And we prayed with many ladies

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And Raja baptized 2 ladies.
And Raja baptized 2 ladies.

This was the morning meeting.  After a lunch break, we went to a very distant village.  To the end of the world as Raja said.  Enroute, 3 women stood in front of our car as we approached a tight corner.  They were demanding money.  One stood directly in front of the car with her hands on the hood and the other 2 were at the windows asking for money.  Raja explained to us that they were Hindu and were asking for money to help with their upcoming festival.  When Raja told them we would not give them any money, they insisted they would put a curse on us.  I think we might still be there if several others hadn’t arrived on motorcycle and were much easier targets for the ladies.  We were relieved that they were gone on the way back.

These men dress up this bull and have trained him to nod his head on command.  They provide entertainment in expectation of receiving money.  More creative than just putting your hand out I suppose.
These men dress up this bull and have trained him to nod his head on command. They provide entertainment in expectation of receiving money. More creative than just putting your hand out I suppose.
Tyler spoke to everyone first, then was banished to outside waiting after I was volunteered by Abraham to speak to the ladies.
Tyler spoke to everyone first, then was banished to outside waiting after I was volunteered by Abraham to speak to the ladies.

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Rejoice

Just a quick update. Today we went to services at the church located at the Elnora Children’s home. Following services, Tyler baptized 7 new brothers and sisters. Five were children from the home, one of those was Mary Grace (our local congregation helps to support her). One is a part time nurse at the children’s home, and the 7 th was Timothy, Raja & Kumari’s son. I posted a video of the baptisms on my Facebook page and on the church Facebook page. I haven’t figured out how to put them on my blog yet.
On another note, there are 14 additional children who need support at the orphanage. One young boy is there because his father recently committed suicide. If you, your congregation, or anyone you know of may be interested in committing to support an orphan here, please contact me and I will share any info you need.

Please continue to pray.
The Thompson’s 3 in India

Harvest time

Busy times. We finished our ladies conference on Wednesday, and on Thursday Rose, Elnora, and I went to 3 meetings. The first was in a small church, the second and third were home meetings. We are told at the 3 day conference that there was a total attendance of 750. These ladies traveled from an hour to four hours for the meeting. Travel is not easy here. Some walked, took buses, then taxi to reach us. And they arrived dressed beautifully and smiling, eager to hear God’s Word. At each meeting there were several interested in further study. On the final day of the meeting, 6 women were baptized along with one young man. 
At one of the ladies home meetings(picture below), we had 9 ladies request further study and baptism.

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The desire is great here.
Each day of the conference, Rebecca spent time with the children teaching them, singing and playing games. They have had a good time.
The loads of fruit, sugar, and various other harvests, that they are able to pile onto small vehicles is amazing, and you would think you would only encounter them in rural areas, but they are everywhere. You also see shepherds with their flocks of sheep and goats, water buffalo, cows, monkeys, dogs, and chickens everywhere.
Vijayawada is going to become the capital of Andhra Pradesh, which is bringing a lot of interest from foreign countries. This should provide many jobs eventually. There are many schools and colleges here, so there is a highly educated workforce already in place. With all of that, there is a lot of poverty here. One thing that I think is different from the U.S. is that the poverty is in the open, right by the luxury. There is a diamond exchange and gold exchange not far from the hotel, large, secured, beautiful buildings with valet parking, but on either side are many tiny shops that look like they are just made of scraps, but every nook and cranny of them has something for sale. On the streets, you see people of every walk of life, together.
I will try to post some pictures of these stark contrasts later.
The Thompson’s 3 in India.