Indian Standard Time

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Anil Kumar defined Indian Standard Time as one hour or more after an announced time for something to begin or occur; he defended perpetual tardiness or missing our scheduled times for departures to places, beginning of programs and returning to our lodging by alleging that it is not considered Indian Standard Time until a minimum of one hour has passed after the scheduled time; however, we had lots of Indian Standard Time on our hands.

Sunday morning, October 23, Bonnie and Steve taught separate children’s classes in opposing corners of the meetinghouse auditorium from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Later, I preached and Steve gave the invitation or exhortation. Following lunch, Steve and I went with brother Kumar to a village several miles away for a worship service, whereupon Steve preached and I gave the invitation. In the meantime, Bonnie retired to the hotel room until 3:00 p.m. when again she would teach a children’s class. Steve and I returned to Chilakaluripet by 7:00 p.m. to retrieve Bonnie on our way to a worship service at Guntur, India; Steve preached and I gave the invitation. Indian services are typically two hours in length, and so with the time invested, some refreshments and travel back to our hotel, we arrived back in our rooms a little after midnight. That timing as it turned out was good compared to what lie ahead.

Following worship in Guntur, I was asked to name a baby and pray for it. Well, in the past we have often been requested to pray for small children, especially given the heightened infant mortality rate in some of the countries we visit, and I have named babies before, too. However, always in the past, the parents selected the name that I was to confer upon the child. (In India, sometimes a name is not bestowed upon a child until after it has survived for 30 days.) This time, though, the mother insisted that I choose the name of her child. Quickly thinking, all I could imagine was to name the little girl after my wife, Bonnie Sue. Later, I thought that it would have been better had I given her a biblical name, such as Rebekah. Some poor little Indian girl is going to have to bear the unfamiliar moniker in Indian families of Bonnie Sue. I hope that she will not be stunted in any way.

Another day done to the full, we were ready for a night’s rest. Happily, we had air conditioning by which to sleep and warm water if we waited patiently (or impatiently for that matter) long enough for it.

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