Safe arrival at Tamil-Nadu Theological Seminary
Saturday 28th June 2013: lots of hours travelling and three airplane flights later we arrived safely at our destination. We were met by students from the Seminary who made us feel very welcome and drove us from the airport to the seminary.
We were instantly hit by a combination of heat, different smells and sights… and the way the traffic on the road runs is amazing. We passed goats, chickens and cows that were by the roadside, I even saw a man milking one of the cows as he sat on the edge of the pavement.
29th June: We were given quite a restful day today, we went to the church if Divine Patience to experience an Indian English act of worship. Very traditional and use of old English language, some of it I found difficult to keep up with as they spoke very fast. I think my biggest surprise was the use of technology, the electric piano was ok. Following the service on the projected screen just seemed rather out of place from what I expected.
Later in the morning we split into two groups and went exploring, we even managed to get across a couple of main roads without any accidents was impressive. After lunch I think most of us just rested after such a long journey…
This evening we have been welcomed by the Seminary community. We were given a very warm welcome, each presented with a garland at the beginning of evening worship. Afterwards the whole community ate together outdoors. We are having a lovely time, though lectures start tomorrow!
My fellow travellers are:
Garry Hall – Tutor from Queens College Birmingham
Lesley Dingham – Queens Student
Angie Allport – Queens Student
Liz England – Queens Student
Noel Colley – Queens Student
Steve Carpenter – Queens Student
Pam Luxton – Wesley Study Centre
Melanie Greenall – Wesley Study Centre
Also in the photo are:
Dr. Solomon Victus
Ms. Shuba Keerthana
Mr. David Dhonakaran