Monday, June 16, 2008
Pictures of Maymester Class in Indian Garments, Pictures of Nepal, & Pictures of My Posh Hotel, The Sheraton - Maury Hotel in New Delhi, India
I just wanted to finish up the blog with a few more pictures from the last 2 weeks. The first set will be of my fellow classmates in our Indian garments in Dehradun, India. It was our last night there.
The second group of photos will be of Constance, Hillary, Krys, Becky and myself during our week in fantastic Kathmandu, Nepal. I loved this country!!
Finally, the last set, are photos of my posh hotel room @ The Maurya Hotel in New Delhi, India (www.luxurycollection.com/itcmauyra)
I hope you enjoy...
Maymester Class in Indian Garments
Thursday, June 5, 2008
This blog is coming to a quick end. Our class ends on Saturday, June 7, 2008 and then we are all off to different directions. Krys, Hilary, Becky, and Sherry are headed to Nepal for a few days of new republic watching. (Nepal became the youngest republic in the world last week when the king was dethroned and power shifted to the legislature.) After that, Sherry has exciting plans to stay in the nicest hotel in Delhi to enjoy as many spas as possible. Krys, Hilary, and Becky are moving onward to Rajasthan, Mumbai, Pune, and hopefully Hassan. India has so much to see. There is no need to continue spending our precious time in class.
Later on that day afternoon, Constance and Sherry went to the Bizarre to buy gifts for the orphans at Missionaries of Charity, which we had visited the day before to get an understanding of what their needs were and what we could do to help. Because there were older girls at the orphanage, we decided to purchase them some nail polish and for the younger girls we purchased Barbie dolls. We also bought towels and cookies for the orphanage. The girls were so sweet, they actually painted my nails instead of letting me paint theirs. The orphanage cares for disabled, blind children as well as women. The facility was very clean and the sisters were pretty nice except the head sister was rushing us out of the facility faster than we would have liked, but overall it was a good visit. The girls even sang to us before we left. It was so sweet, I almost cried.
This past weekend while Becky, Krys, & Hilary were off to the Yamunotri Shrine, Constance and I needed our Jesus fix, so we went to St. Thomas Church down the street from the hotel and we were pleasantly surprised to find that there was a non-denominational church called Grace Fellowship worshiping there. The parishioners and Pastor Merlin Clarence were very friendly and seemed to love that we had joined them for worship. We were about 30 minutes early so Pastor Clarence sat and talked with us about his church. He told us that it was a “Happy Clappy Church” that used the word of God to encourage the members. When he and his wife found out I was from Houston, Texas, they enthusiastically asked if I had been to T. D. Jakes’and Joel Olsteen’s church. I said yes to both and they were very pleased. The service was GREAT, though a little long. Pastor Clarence’s daughter and son led us in praise and worship singing songs that we were very familiar with like, “Here I am to Worship”, as well as songs in Hindi. Many of the members of the church read scriptures and prayed for the service during praise and worship as well. Since last Sunday was the 1st Sunday, we were given communion, but instead of just praying together, Pastor Clarence said for us to go to another person and pray for them or have them pray for you. I prayed for a young woman who had beautiful young children and she was very receptive to my prayer. Afterwards, there was testimony period and I felt compelled to publicly, thank God for Grace Fellowship because I had been in India for a little over 2 weeks and this was the first time that I had been to a church or temple that worshipped Jesus and not idols. I felt like Elijah when he told God that he felt alone and God told him that there were people in the country that served Him. Constance and I were very disappointed because we will not be able to attend Grace Fellowship’s prayer meeting on this Saturday since we will be leaving Dehradun on Saturday. I am including Grace Fellowship's address for those who feel compelled to send them love offerings.
Grace Fellowship, Dehradun
Pastor Merlin Clarance
C/O St. Thomas Church
89 Rajpur Road
Dehradun, UL 248001