Love and greetings to all.
The past 2 months have been spent largely in Hyderabad. We have moved house to the mission flat which is a temporary arrangement until renovations are completed on another residence in the compound where mission activities are co-ordinated from. It seems that our role, for the time being, is centred around the activities of the mission office instead of getting out and visiting contacts and brethren in distant places.
During this time there was major flooding in southern Andhra Pradesh which affected members of 5 ecclesias. Some of our brothers and sisters lost all their possessions and in some cases the houses they were living in were completely destroyed. In response to this we were able to assist by arranging a team of local Hyderabad Brothers to go and visit the flood affected area with some emergency supplies of food. After 3 days they were able to return and provide information that was valuable as we endeavoured to digest the scale of the flooding and its impact on our brothers and sisters.
We have also been co-ordinating the travel of short term field workers. This has involved communicating with local ecclesias, arranging train travel and organising itineraries. This sounds simple, but India has the knack of making simple tasks complicated and time consuming. Indian Rail is the worlds largest employer, it has thousands of kilometres of tracks – it’s a massive entity, but booking a ticket can be quite a drawn out experience. There is an online facility to book some tickets, but occasionally this is down and one is required to go to the train station and join a queue to book a ticket. It’s not uncommon to spend 1 hour or more in queue simply waiting to get to the counter.
We were privileged to attend the October KCY weekend in Bangalore. Bro Russell Todd from Tasmania spoke on the subject of, “The Risen Lord.” These were stimulating studies with a lot of emphasis being put on the superiority of the new covenant compared to the old covenant.
The past 3 weeks have also been utilised to prepare for 3 up coming camps. We are proposing to hold a Senior Brothers Weekend in 2 weeks for members of the Andhra Pradesh ecclesias. In addition to this there is the annual end of year camp at Moinabad in December and a Bible Week in January. We are heading into a busy time of year for Mission activites with a healthy influx of overseas visitors coming to help. Please pray for these camps. They are needful and provide a major boost for those who attend.
With much love in Christ
Malcolm & Suhasini Scott