Friday, June 21, 2013

Greetings from Thailand!

With both sides of the family getting excited about coming together in August, I am deeply grateful to God for all of you, especially to Pastor Fernando and to Pastor Creighton and to the NHDH church.
Ashish taking tea with a friend before afternoon classes
I am in Thailand right now for the Haggai Seminar.  Their Headquarters are in Maui.  I am having a great time here, among 47 participants from 24 countries. This is a taste of heaven on earth, where I have met so many leaders from different countries, cultures and language groups. This is a once in a lifetime experience for me. This seminar began on 2 June, and I will be heading home on 29 June.

While I am here in Thailand, Bruce is in Mussoorie. I was able to spend only a few days with him before heading for Delhi.  He came with Joe and his family, with a team from the States in May.  Bruce and I will meet in the Bangkok Airport for a couple of hours on 29 June, before I return to India.

I need to share something that is very heavy on my heart.  Last week due to heavy rains and cloud bursts,  hundreds of people died and thousands are still stranded in the hills of Uttarakhand.  It is feared that about 20,000 people have gone missing.  The government has named this disaster Himalayan Tsunami, you can Google Uttarakhand News to learn more about this.  This is just an early monsoon and so much disaster has already happened.  Last year many people also died, and if you remember, the churches of Mussoorie came together to distribute blankets to the people who were affected by last year's disaster. This flooding is a national disaster.  By His grace no damage has happened to our homes in Mussoorie, but there were landslides in our neighborhood causing much damage.

Various photos from the web showing the devastation caused by the "Himalayan Tsunami"

Well, sitting in Thailand as I write this, there is confidence that God has brought me to this place to renew and rejuvenate me, but I am horrified to hear the damage that has happened in our State. I am committed to doing His will in my generation and to live for His glory.


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