WCF White Fields Report, February – March 2010
It was great to arrive back in Hyderabad in February to spend more time with my Indian Brothers and Sisters. The first week was spent with the kids at Shunem Home while I was staying at Tim and Sarah Galbraith’s. Then it was straight into Sister’s Conference. We had a fabulous turnout with 105 sisters in attendance, representing 17 Andhra Pradesh ecclesias.
We had a very full programme with morning and afternoon talks and activities in the evenings. The topics covered the journey of the children of Israel in the wilderness, the Tabernacle, Moses, and faithful woman in the Bible. There were additional specific talks around health issues for the sisters and each day began with the consideration of the first two portions of the daily readings.
In early March I had the joy to witness the marriage of Sister Kezia Matthews from the Moinabad Children’s Home in Hyderabad to Brother Biju Wilson from the Thrissur ecclesia in Kerala. Following their wedding they spent several days in Hyderabad attending different ecclesial events and we trust that their married life will be profitable for each of them.
A sister who has been up at the Faith Home for Children in Kaddium was stuck in Hyderabad in need of a root canal, after a week and a half of to’ing and fro’ing to the dentist we returned to Faith Home and I was blessed to spend some time with the sisters there and also in the school. In my time there the school had a parent/teacher day and we served them a special lunch, then in the evening we had a memorial for a sister’s husband who had recently passed away.
At the end of March, Sister Hannah Mansfield (Sydney, Australia) and I visited Narsapur. A village with a small ecclesia that I visited last year. We spent two days in meeting with local brothers and sisters in the hope of edifying them in the truth. A number of issues that have been plaguing the ecclesia for some time quickly came to the fore of discussions. Whilst we were unable to offer any immediate solutions we tried to encourage the brethren to work together and to attend the meeting to edify each other. We held a Sunday School for the children and a class that was attended by sisters and interested friends on the nature of the relationship between God and Jesus Christ.