It took nearly 40 hours, but we’re here in Mungeli, India. The flight here was fine, had to pay another $700 in baggage fees to get our heavy goods transported on this flight too. Still, we know it is amazingly inexpensive and relatively hassle free in comparison to shipping it any other way.
Upon pickup in Mungeli with the representatives from Global Ministries (UCC and Disciples of Christ), we were immediately taken about an hour’s drive to a church dedication. This is a project Dr. Anil Henry has helped support through Global Ministries. The entire community showed up – probably 300 people – for the three hour dedication and lunch that followed.
The bishop of the region continually expressed his thanks to Anil and to the support of Global Ministries. Honors were read, gifts were given, commemorative plaques distributed to all clergy (even me), songs were sung and prayers of dedication were offered.
Following the service everyone enjoyed a community meal of curried chicken and chickpeas. The entire town came out so most but the local officials and visitors ate in a community dining tent.