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by on Jun.14, 2009, under INDIA

Yesterday we went to a baptismal service, Indian Style. Nearly 400 people were baptized. It was 105 degrees. The people came from 18 different churches through out the district that are pastored by GCC trained church planters. Rob has the details on his blog..

For a good portion of the baptism I stood on a raft that looked like it was salvaged from “the ark”.  Around the edges, the lake was pretty swampy.  Honestly the muck was pretty gross… to borrow a term from when I was a kid. Realizing I was pretty far from “the action”  I got out of the boat!  My pants have 6 pockets… I successfully emptied 5 of them before wading out.  The little India Nokai phone was a casualty.  It was great to get close. Baptism’s always get to me. This day was no exception. I watched as a very old man was carried out to Raj & Rob. He appeared crippled. The years had taken a toll on him. I could only imagine the joy he will experience when his body is fully restored in the soon coming Kingdom of God. The children were every where. They love cameras. Some things are the same where ever you go.

I have a short video that will give you a taste.

7 Comments for this entry

  • Josh Ort

    awesome video pops

  • Marty Friend

    Awesome video! Wish I was there bro!!!

  • Neil Martin

    Not the quite the same as the Flock’s pond and river, but the same result. PTL.

  • David Taylor

    Very moving! I think in America we don’t fully get how hungry the rest of the world is for Jesus!

  • Aunt Kay

    The whole site is GREAT….especially enjoyed the video (I actually could see it today.) How amazing is it, that you can send all of this into the sky and it comes to my house!!!!! And, may I say that, I am so proud of what you are doing with the life that God has given you, stumbling blocks and joys alike!!!!

  • Dan Blacketor

    Looks like you have had a busy week since we left on Sunday. Did you stay in Kalavai for the KC3 presentation or evacuate to Ranipet to catch some sleep?

    Do you need a ride back from Chicago?

  • JW

    Nice. I’m assuming what they are saying is “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Their smiles are incredible and their joy is evident. Love you, brother Gene.

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