Last Saturday was an amazing day. We traveled up to Ooty and met with a tribal group of people in a quaint little chapel. It was full to capacity with nearly 80 people. Sadly, we had to leave Harold and Vikki at Quiet Corner because she was battling an upper respiratory infection. I’m happy to report, after going to the doctor, she is much better now.
The conference topic was End Times. The people had never heard any teaching on the end times before. They were so happy to receive it. We enjoyed a great day of fellowship with them. They are known as the Bakara tribe. They are all from Hindu background and suffer much persecution for converting to Christianity. They served us an amazing lunch which was more like a feast. Three pastors served as our waiters making sure our plates were filled and seeing to every detail. They topped it off with a special Indian dessert and ice cream.
There was a wedding hall on the same grounds as the little chapel. An Indian wedding reception was in progress and I was told they were Christians. The typical Indian wedding reception hosts over 1000 people. Tomas, Barb and I crashed the wedding hoping to get a look at the happy couple. As we made our way through the crowd, I bumped right into my friend Jayce. He immediately escorted us to the front of the reception line where we greeted the bride and groom and took pictures with them. Then we were taken to the dessert buffet where we enjoyed fresh fruit, dried dates and something that looked like ice cream but tasted like marshmallows. We were treated like honored guests rather than wedding crashers! Barb was overjoyed that instead of being kicked out for crashing the wedding, we were invited to stay and enjoy the celebration.
I think the Indian people are the most hospitable I’ve ever met. Whether here at QCI or walking through the village or crashing a wedding, the gracious kindness of these people is always extended. We are humbled by their loving attitude.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:8-9