Intense. This is the one word to describe our day.
Our friend Manoj was our driver and also showed us around. Manoj spent over three years in the Howra Train Station after he ran away from home. If you look at the other pictures on a blog we wrote a couple of days ago you will see how Manoj undoubtedly looked. The Lord saved him almost twenty years ago and now he runs a car company that takes people around. He is brilliant and a blast to be around.
We started out by going to the oldest cathedral in Kolkata. It is older than when the US first became a country!
After the Mosque we went to William Carey Baptist Church. We had a chance to stand in the pulpit that William Carey used, which was incredible. Also, the baptistery they use was the place Adoniram Judson and Corrie Ten Boom were baptized. The place is rich in history and they also have a great pastor. After we were done talking, he asked if I would be interested in coming to teach for some time at the Bible College they have.
After William Carey Baptist Church we went to Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying. It was unreal to see so many people serve those who would just be left on the road for dead. One of the thoughts that ran through my head was how millions of people are in the same state spiritually. Who I am referring to are Christians who have Life, but are not living to the fullest. I have been praying that the Lord would teach me how to live the abundant life and also to come along side of many who like the people we saw at the Home for the Dying.
Next we went to one of the darkest places I have ever been. Kali Temple is a huge Hindu Temple. We saw goat sacrifices where people have them slaughtered as a family, dip their fingers in the blood, and then put it on their forehead. They do this for the hopes of forgiveness of sins, according to Manoj.
We then went to a part of the temple where they burn dead bodies. It was one of the most stunning realities to see incense burning and flowers draped over the dead bodies as they were lined up to be burned. I told Justin that the weight and finality of seeing someone laying dead in front of you and knowing they went to Hell is breath taking.
Papa, give me a heart for the lost, not mainly because they are going to Hell, but because they are separated from their greatest joy in life, You.
Here is a picture of one of the bodies on the way to be burned.
As we were leaving to head to lunch, Manoj took us down a road that has dozens of brothels. To see all of these women out on the street and to know what they are forced to do is heart wrenching. Manoj told us how a girl that is a minor costs ten times the amount of a girl who is of age. Devastating.
Please pray for the people of Kolkata. They are so beautiful. Please pray for wide open doors of effective ministry for all Christians.