Whether we live in India, Australia, New Zealand, or any part of God’s world, we will have worries and problems in our daily life. Those without problems are in the grave. What a joy, therefore, for our brothers and sisters in India to come together again for Bible Camps.
This year celebrated 40 years since our first Bible Week in India, and for many it was the first major gathering after a 3-year COVID break. Both South and North India came away from a year of anxious toil, made more so by the continuing violent anti-Christian riots in parts of India, to enjoy beautiful surroundings, encouraging studies, and joyous fellowship.
The South India Bible Week at Claret Nivas Centre in May was summed up by a young sister who said, “Wow, what an amazing week, learning and loving and leaning on the Lord, and each other”. The baptism of one of our Bangalore young people during the week was a highlight. Her beaming smile as she stepped from the baptism tank will long be remembered.
Baptisms of young people with a Christadelphian upbringing have been a highlight of the Lord’s work in India this year. In Hyderabad, we saw the baptisms of Nathan and Gideon, the sons of Sis Lizzie Paul; Jonathan, the son of Bro Ravi and Sis Padma Paul; Puja, foster daughter of Bro Prakash and Sis Sahaya; and Venkatesh, Nithin, Naveen, Padmaja and Kalpana – all children brought up in Christadelphian Shunem Home.
With so many distractions for today’s young people in India, as elsewhere, it is a great joy to witness this. Throughout the coastal Andhra region of India where there are about 50 ecclesias, the same response of our young people to a Godly upbringing has been witnessed.