My day started with a shrill scream from my alarm. It was 6am. I had my bags packed the night before and just had to throw on a few jackets before heading out.
Not much of the bus ride to Jaipur was remembered. We had a quick stop in a dahba (restaurants on the side of the road) for some breakfast and then we were off again. I have discovered that I have a tendency to get dozy in moving vehicles. (Not if I’m driving though, don’t worry) haha
Anyways! The 4 hour journey there seemed a short one. I was greeted by towering walls that stood on the tip of these hills (I truthfully thought of the Great Wall of China when I first saw them) and many colorful kites blowing in the wind. Transportation to the base was a little tough, BUT God came through! After arriving to the bus stop, Simon (the base leader) told me that a taxi driver he knew was around the same location I was in. So I took a quick walk down a tourist location called the amber fort which was an enormous castle that used to contain one of the mugal kings that had reigned over this area and most of north India, before the British had come over and conquered these parts.
The taxi driver was currently in that location, because he was taking care of a tourist couple from the UK. So this delay gave me a little more time to rest in the car and stretch my legs, before they had come back from the amber fort. What I had found out about this couple, was that they had been traveling around the world for more than a year! They had traveled from the north of Africa down and just arrived in India about a month ago AND were planning to head over to Thailand to finish off the trip! We had a blast in the taxi talking about the different places we’ve been and the experience we all had! It was so cool to see this couple traveling so much, for so long, and still excited to see what was next.
After we had dropped the couple back to the hotel, I arrived to the base! YES!
Out walked a well built man that did look like an Indian. So this was Simon! I immediately asked him whether he was from Tonga or somewhere in the islands but surprising found out that he was full Indian! This is crazy! I had never seen such a well-built Indian! Haha
Simon’s family lived on the roof of this apartment flat where the base/classrooms/bunks were a floor below. After dropping my bags in the guest room, I got meet the rest of the family. Simon has three sons. 2 of them were there while the middle one was doing a dts else where. His wife, Anima, was from Mongolia and we immediately clicked like mother and son. Haha As I strolled about the house and chatted with the family, I felt so at home! As I had discovered, they were planning to start a media DTS here. I had discovered this, because of the pressured question of whether I like to staff for it when I first arrived! I politely declined and laughed at the fact that the DTS was starting in a week with the first student arriving tomorrow! But through it all, I was really glad to be there.
And guess what!? Do you remember a guy named Rakesh from the Goa DTS? Wanting to be able to meet up with me again, he traveled to Jaipur to see me! I felt so honored and excited to sneak up on him that evening as we went out to grab some good Indian food! He chatted and chatted and chatted; updating each other with our ministries and our families and what had been happening since 5 months ago. It’s really been that long! And towards the end of the night, we set up the next evening to meet up again! Tonight was a blast from the past as the early days in India seemed so far away, yet Rakesh and I just simply picked up where we last saw each other! Haha
A little reunion with a great friend in a wonderful place! THANK YOU JESUS!
City of Jaipur
A big tourist destination
Disunity in the churches: Derived from the past kings that have ruled in this place and fought over land and reign.
Very strong Hindu state, ruled by kings for many years; Last area to be captured by the British. Hindu kings ruled with a lot of authority
Result: A lot of abuse towards the common people; many wars, violence, murders/killings which is a spirit in certain areas of Jaipur.
There is a dominant spirit. Higher class ruling over the lesser people and looking down on them.
Atmosphere: Greed, lust for wealth, selfishness, anger, pride, and disunity.
Anger and pride is also shown a lot in the ‘warrior caste’ (Rajputs)
65% of the people here will not put their money in the bank.
Women are much oppressed here. There are children marriages that still happen here, though it’s illegal. Many killings of girl babies in this area, mostly from abortions because of the view on girls: not carrying on the family name, having to pay for a lot in marriages. . etc. In some villages here, there are no girls at all.
Please pray according to your discretion.
– May the Lord be shown more and more as He brings forth radical followers of Jesus here in this place!
– May the Lord’s light shine greater in this area of disunity and mistrust! May the people that know Him here be the bridge and start of who Jesus is!
Much love from India!!