Step into the Water…

Each of us has a story about our start in media ministry. We had a unique “sending” by our Pentecostal church in December 1983. We had been struggling with leading a house church and finally our pastor said that God needed our media skills to train and produce evangelistic media radio and TV programs to reach those Lost without Jesus. A light went off in our minds and that became our plum line. Is what we are doing following the plum line – teaching and producing culturally relevant messages? Since early 1984 we have done just that, starting in India, too many countries in Asia and Africa.

Back to that key day in December 1983 when we were ordained as missionaries, the quartet sang that wonderful song,

Step into the water, Wade out a little bit deeper. Wet your feet in the water of his love.

Who would have thought that deep water would include COVID, quarantines, illness, and death to some of our friends and co-workers? The song goes on,

Step out a little deeper and Stand up for what is right. It’s time we squared our shoulders back And raised our swords to fight. For the Bible is our weapon, And the spirit is my shield. The church needs more of its members to be workers in the field.”

For all of us us are called to media ministry we need to raise our sword (Bible) and get back to the field! Let’s keep praying for each other as we consider our opportunities! We are planning to be in South Asia and Africa in the Summer of 2021. Pray with us regarding expenses. If you would like to support our projects by a donation to Handclasp.International click on this link: A WAY TO DONATE.

COVID-19 and Micro-Certifications

We are watching the COVID-19 situation world wide as cases mount here in the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. How will this effect our training plans for the summer of 2020? It is easy to believe/hope that mid to late May will see a flattening of the curve (as they say) and cases will have tapered off. Changes in travel, closing borders, social distancing will all help in this flattening. Continue reading “COVID-19 and Micro-Certifications”

1st Post – A visit to the Kumbh Mela

This post will start a series of one of my visits to Haridwar in North India to take pictures of the largest Hindu pilgrimage in 2010:

We started in the cold darkness to take a taxi from Dehra Dun in the northern state Uttarakhand to Haridwar, 35 miles away. The taxi delivered us to a staging area 5 miles from the actual bathing area. I never thought I’d be so cold in India. Continue reading “1st Post – A visit to the Kumbh Mela”

3rd Post: The Hindu Pilgrims of the Kumbh Mela

As we made our way back to the ghats or bathing areas I noticed strings of beads like dried and wrinkled apricots in many of the

Herbs that are supposed to ward off evil spirits

shops. JG told me they are Rudraksh seeds and are a charm against all sorts of sickness and evil. Most of these hanging were the fakes most Hindus would wear as the real Rudraksh seeds are quite expensive they are kept in a locked case. These seeds are all the more precious if a priest would bless them – for a fee of course! Continue reading “3rd Post: The Hindu Pilgrims of the Kumbh Mela”