Visakhapatnam Ezekiel KOG Seminar

Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
We left the Gateway hotel with а good feeling after a successful Monday of KOG seminars. I cannot say how much we appreciate the work that David and Jolinda Schreiber have done now in Sri Lanka and India. For eight years they have faithfully cared for these people in both countries.  It is interesting to watch them work together in organization and implementation of the varied duties of work like this.  There are travel arrangements, visits with people, evaluating the unique characteristics of each city and group of people.  It’s really a work of missions as the Apostle Paul did traveling from city to city with their inherent risks.  There are so many things that could go wrong with arrangements and health.  But, they just keep on.  They have come to India 14 times in their oversight as Senior Pastor.  Their particular mission here is not for the faint of heart.  We have enjoyed being with them, too, on the personal level traveling together for almost two weeks.
Another person I want to recognize is elder Ken Murray from Australia.   He has made numerous visits and has established and shored up the brethren in both Sri Lanka and India.  He has traveled completely at his own expense and has expended a tremendous amount of energy in serving these people.  In this huge area of MILLIONS of people, mustard seeds have been planted that are growing.  But, it takes planting and watering. It was awesome to see this vitality and to see the growth.  Beverly and I have stood in awe of what we are witnessing. 
The ride to the Vijayawada airport was quick… only about 40 minutes. We have an hour flight to Visakhapatnam on Air India.  Both cities have unpronounceable names.  As soon as I learn to pronounce it, I forget it!  So, I keep writing them down over and over to retain them in my brain.
They are both large cities that I had not heard of before.  Vijayawada is 1.1 million people.  Visakhapatnam is 1.7 million and is situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. There are huge shipbuilding works here in Visakhapatnam. 
We plan to be here two nights with a Kingdom of God seminar in Visakhapatnam and another in a smaller place called Anapalii.  
We were surprisingly met at the airport by three people from Anapalii. Some are the products of the Kingdom of God seminar that the Schreiber’s held in Vijayawada in 2011.  They had a huge welcoming banner for both the Schreiber’s and us. 
From the airport we immediately drove to the home of Ezekiel Polinati.  We have become acquainted with Ezekiel at Ambassador Bible College where he made two voyages doing a partial year in two installments.  It was somewhat difficult for the driver to find where he lived and I certainly would not have been able to find my own way out.  There are so many people and so much traffic.  Again, I’m on edge as a passenger in the van.  Vehicles come so close one to another.  There are people on scooters with two three humans on each, including children.  There are cars and trucks.  Yet, we have witnessed only one wreck on the roads since being here.
We arrived at Ezekiel’s and were warmly met.  His wife’s name is Malika, his daughter is Jesmina and his son is Simon.  We visited. They said that they would serve a “light lunch. ”  It was anything but.  They had delicious chicken, rice, salad, naan bread and ice cream. 
Malika works at the shipyards as an engineer. 
We decided to do a podcast and did one for 20 minutes.  It should be interesting particularly to those who knew Ezekiel from ABC days because we did it from Ezekiel’s home where he talks about his life and his family’s life.
From the podcast we went right over to the Kingdom of God seminar which is a church hall adjacent to his home.  Ezekiel’s father was a minister and this is where he conducted services.
People had already arrived and I walked in during the opening prayer.  Ezekiel made welcoming remarks, announcements and introduced a man to sing a hymn.  I have it recorded.  It was unlike any hymn I heard sung before.  It was accompanied by percussion by another.
Then I went ahead with my seminar for two hours with Ezekiel translating into Telugu.  Telugu is India’s second language after Hindi and the one that Christian denominations mostly use.  It will be important to have some of our literature translated into Telugu if we are to make any further headway in India.  There is so much work to do.
After I was finished (and that was to be the end), Ezekiel asked David Schreiber to come forward and conduct a question and answer session.  David did a great job in fielding some specific queries about the Kingdom of God, some of which are common questions about the Kingdom of God “within” you to questions about the Kingdom being here now. We explored a number of scriptures. 
Our driver waited outside all this time to take us back to the Four Points Hotel. It was hard to get away as people wanted to talk… in spite of language barriers, we did have some communication which we appreciated. 
Finally, the one hour ride to checking into the hotel.  I fell asleep for most of the ride.  I have been up since 4 a.m. and it’s been non-stop.
But, after we got back to the hotel, we decided to have something to eat and discuss our adventure until well after 10 p.m.  We got to bed at about midnight. 
Another adventure in the books!

Comments

Scott H.
2018-10-10

Wow! Inspiring!

kmirvin
2018-10-10

What a wonderful report! May our Father watch over all of you and may Jesus guide you in the work of the Gospel and the nurturing of God's people.

Wendy Englehardt
2018-10-10

I love reading of your adventures!

Great men greať work foř kingdom
2018-10-12

Great work and Great men for the Kingdom of God Almighty alwaya be with you Amen.

2018-10-17