Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Elena Massa

We have reached our final days here in India. A week from now, we will be in Bangalore locking and loading our suitcases as we prepare to return to the United States on April 4. It has been a truly amazing three months. I am grateful for all who have followed us by way of the blog. There are so many stories that I have not written about. Some of our experiences were so extraordinary, I really find it hard to put them into words.

Normal Flow of Traffic

I smile when I think about how we have traveled from one end of India to the other in these last three months. We have flown on PLANES that do not announce gate changes. They left us running through the airport with our arms full of suitcases trying to find the assigned gate before take off. The Garcia’s and Meyer’s will never forget the experience of trying to exit the TRAIN in Bangalore. We narrowly escaped being crushed by the rushing mob. AUTOMOBILES are in a unique category. There are no traffic rules here, only suggestions. Sometimes it’s 37 hairpin turns to get to Ooty. Sometimes it’s 76 speed bumps to get to Gudalur. Sometimes it’s a 6-13 hour ride to our next destination, which includes traffic jams caused by cows (I  call them cowdillacs), sheep (I call them Lamb-orghini) and ox drawn carts.

Out for a Sunday drive! There were at least 13 inside the Jeep.

So why do I love India? It’s not the planes trains and automobiles. It is the people. Wherever we go, we are met by loving hearts and kindness and hospitality. In many ways, they do more for us than we do for them. It is a privilege to teach them about the God of the Bible, and in return they shower us with sparkling eyes filled with unspeakable joy. We have just returned from completing a three day conference in Bangalore. It was a wonderful time with people who thoroughly enjoyed the teachings on the Tabernacle and Revelation. The feedback was similar to what we hear all over India. “We have never heard teaching like this before.”

About 150 attended the Tabernacle and End Times Conference in Bangalore
Folks come forward and commit to being a stronger witness for Jesus.

It’s been a busy and hectic three months but the peace of God is with us.  We feel we have finished well. While in Bangalore, we met three pastors all requesting conferences next year. We have 17 conference invitations for End Times and other topics and 6 events for women. Two of the six will be for Pastors’ wives only. I’m especially excited about that. I happen to know a thing or two regarding that subject!  In our wildest dreams, we could not have imagined ever doing what we are doing. This is God’s plan and it is marvelous in our sight. Though we have a plan for 2020, we are trusting God for the details.

James 4:13-15 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

The remainder of our week will be spent visiting friends, saying good-bye and soaking up our little corner of Quiet Corner, India.