We began our day today enjoying breakfast with the Principal of Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Dr. Chacko, and taking a tour of the campus. It is a beautiful place, loaded with big shade trees, rose gardens, and wonderful facilities for the hundred or so students that attend there. They come from all over India, and some from Nepal as well. Maybe 20% are from Presbyterian churches, the rest from a variety of other traditions. In the afternoon we spent the better part of three hours teaching and fellowshipping with the students, meeting with members of the presbytery in this area, and getting a glimpse of the heritage of Bible Presbyterian missionaries from a generation ago. We taught on the importance and challenges of being “confessional” in our churches, meaning holding on firmly to the historical Reformed confessions of faith as a guide to our understanding of the Scriptures and to the government and discipline of the Church. Graduation is tomorrow, and the students were gracious enough to be a good audience even as they anticipated being set loose for the summer in two days!
We finished up the day at Anup Hiwale’s house for dinner (Domino’s pizza and wings, a very special treat), and will part company with him at the train station in the morning. He is a precious friend, and our parting will be bittersweet. We hope that we have been an encouragement to him and the work he is trying to do in this place. He is a faithful man of high integrity and unusual wisdom, and I am honored to call him my friend and colleague.
There’s another wedding outside tonight (our hotel is a popular spot for them apparently, and this is the wedding season around – looks like another loud one. Thankfully, they have to kill the noise at 10 pm. Tomorrow (Thursday here) will be a travel day mostly, back to Delhi. Backus heads back to New York around midnight. After a short night’s sleep for me, I take off for Singapore and ministry there for a few days. I am eager to renew my friendships with the brethren there. Next time I write, the Lord willing, I’ll be there. Thanks again for your prayers!