On Sunday the group had the opportunity to attend a local church plant that our hosts Michael and Archana attend with their family. The church is called C3 White Fields and was started by the Indian-Australian Gutta Rao and his wife Jackie. After an amazing time of worship where Gutta encouraged the small congregation to promise to make themselves “10 times better” over the course of the next year, similar to how Daniel was seen as 10 time better than any other official in Babylon. After the service, we were treated to delicious cakes and coffee and tea.
Over the weekend we were also able to see the City of Hyderabad celebrate an Indian holiday – Sankranti. It is a harvest festival and correlates with the movement of the sun during their mid-winter (it feels strange calling 80 degree weather mid-winter). The people of Hyderabad celebrate Sankranti by flying kites off their rooftops, in the streets, or anywhere there is space. From the view of the Charminar and the Golkonda Fort, it was cool to see hundreds of kites dotting the sky across the city.