Karela, India is fittingly known as God’s Own Country. Its coastline is a series of inlets and rivers that form an area known as the backwaters. The vegetation is green and lush. Fruit trees are heavy with tropical fruits such as papaya and Jack fruit. Small villages line the river banks. San Pan Boats are docked along the shores. You can rent one and take a leisurely ride through the backwaters and out into the Arabian Sea.
Kerala is God’s Own Country because it has been blessed by God. It was here that Thomas, the apostle, traveled after the diaspora in Jerusalem. He established the first Christian Church in India. Christian roots were planted nearly 2,000 years ago and has flourished throughout the state.
I wish Thomas could see the impact his ministry has had in this area of India. There are signs of Christianity everywhere. Many churches, many denominations are sprinkled throughout the region wherever you go. Other noticeable differences from the rest of India is that there are no cattle roaming the streets, no monkeys scaling the rooftops. The infrastructure is in good shape. Roads are reasonably smooth and paved and very little litter is to be found in the villages along the road sides. Every child attends school here and there is a 100% literacy rate.
Thomas, the one who once doubted, has done well in fulfilling the command that was given to him. I believe that when Thomas heard these words his entire worldview changed as so should ours: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:18-20
Kerala truly is God’s Own Country because The Word of God is boldly proclaimed, and Jesus is worshiped as Lord and Savior.
Jesus changes everything!
CAM Update: Thank you for your prayers! We had a wonderful time of worship, teaching, and fellowship the last three days at the Quiet Corner prayer hall in Kodukulonji, Kerala. The weather was perfect and we all stayed healthy. And now it’s back to Quiet Corner for a day or two of rest and preparation for the upcoming Jesus Conference at Quiet Corner, India.
Please pray that we can use the coming days wisely as we prepare and plan for conferences to be scheduled for March.
Pray for Tomas and Barb Garcia who will arrive here next Thursday to assist us with the conference and other events through February.
Pray that we all continue to stay healthy. I have a cough currently that seems to be allergy related.