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posted 1 Jul 2016, 21:33 by Simon Morgan   [ updated 1 Jul 2016, 21:34 ]

Mandhala Prakash’s UK visit ; June 24th – August 3rd 2011 On June 24th 2011 

I set out from Hyderabad airport to the UK with my close friends Brother Tim and Sister Sarah Galbraith and Brother Sunder Solomon. It was my first time to fly overseas and I was excited and very thankful for the opportunity. I didn’t know what to expect but I was keen to see a different culture and way of life and to meet new Brothers and Sisters from abroad.

When I was a young boy I didn’t know what would become of me and what my life would be. I could have never imagined all the blessings in my life and I thank God for this. He has lifted me up and

given me the chance to contribute and serve in a way that I would have never known I could. ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’ Ephesian 20 – 21

We first arrived in London and stayed with Brother Andrew and Sister Becky Fitch who we’d known from their visits to India and their children Daniel and Jonathan. Barnett was the first of many ecclesias we visited during the course of the whole trip. We went from the South to the Midlands to Wales and up North visiting Kings Norton, Coventry, Solihull, Tamworth, Handsworth and Halifax. I enjoyed meeting new Brothers and Sisters and I was impressed by everyone’s willingness and enthusiasm to help and support in the tasks of running an ecclesia. Also everything started and finished on time – it was very precise!

When we visited Oxford meeting with Brother Mario and Sister Judith I was asked to give a few words about the Moinabad Home. At first I wasn’t sure what I would say in front of everyone but as I started I grew in confidence and realised that all I needed to say I knew and it automatically came to me.

We had come to the UK at this time to be part of Andrew and Becky Galbraith’s wedding. I was very happy to be there, as I have known Andrew since he was a baby and I was able to represent the Moinabad family

from India. The wedding took place in the countryside in the Midlands, I was able to see old friends there that I had known from India and meet new friends too. We were staying with Brother Simon Watts who has been to India many times; he like everyone else looked after us very nicely. At the wedding I met new Brothers and Sisters who then invited us into their homes and we had many good times with them, in Handsworth with Karam and Trixie Ram and Pete and Becky Miles, in Wales with Taufik and Naomi Majid and in Yorkshire with Minder and Kez Paul.

We were able to attend another wedding, that of Tim and Miriam Collard, we knew Miriam from India so we were able to surprise them on their wedding day. We also attended a funeral in Solihull – it was interesting to see the differences between cultures but to see all that we have in common too – our faith and hope.

I enjoyed trying new foods and seeing new sights like the countryside in the Peak District with the Hewitts and Galbraiths and seeing the beaches in South Wales and also the sights of London.

I missed my family a lot as it was my first time away from them but I was able to talk to them regularly on skype and on the phone.

When I returned home I was very happy to be there to see everyone again and to be with my family but I will never forget all the friends that I have made in the UK and how welcome I was made to feel. I thank God for the wonderful opportunity to be there and to experience all this.

For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. Psalm 47:7

Quarterly Report (Jul,Aug,Sept,2011) - Bro Mathews

There were anxious days due to the lack of rains which was expected normally in mid-june. By God’s grace, the rains came late in July and continued for a couple of weeks. So the water situation should be alright during the coming months. The major problem this year was the continuous agitations and strikes by some political parties favouring the separation of a Telengana state. Aproximately 40 working days in the Govt. offices were lapsed and students lost many more school days. Some schools are working on Sundays tomake up the lost days. From the 25th of Oct.2011, the strikes were called off. We are not sure when it will break-out again. All the public transport systems were off the road for4 weeks. We were one of the few fortunate people as we have our vehicles at hand. But the prices of fuel and other commodities are gone up.

During the last quarter, we could register lands for three more boys as their inheritance. The leakage of the

roof of the visitors’ residence was a major concern for some time. Thanks to the committee for the support to do RCC roof for cherith. The cement plastering of the walls is in progress now. Aaron and Biju(Kezia) will personally supervise the re-wiring of the building using the diagrams Peter Gaston had made.

Lillykutty, Salome & Sheena have made a roof garden(vegetables) on the terrace of the Elvira house using empty cement bags and bio- fertilizers. They have also started one in the adjusant land and Benjamine is maintaining it. It is very encouraging that it yields fresh vegetables right from the garden.

Biju(Kezia) comes at times and helps in the maintaining of the garden. Maximum utilisation of the available land is their target. I made a visit to the National institute of Rural Development yesterday and saw the various cottage industries and organic farming technics.

During the quarter, we had visit by a team of Post Graduate students and staff members from Christy’s

college . We had a very interesting time with them. It was also an opportunity to witness our faith to the visitors. They were impressed very much to hear about the scriptural principles we try to implement in our administration. Christy is one of their degree students. He was able to raise some funds for
himself and his friends to go and attend a social workers’ conference in Chennai. Rebecca and Cyril have their supplementary exams in November which was postponed due to the Telangana agitation.

Now Charis home has it’s own internet connection. As we are expecting visitors to the Homes during December, we are trying to get a temporary internet connection to Cherith as soon as the building work is over.

Bro.Prakash and Bro.Solomon Sunder made a visit to UK to attend Andrew Galbraith’s wedding

in the month of June. They spent a month in UK visiting various places and people. The winter is slowly approaching and we are waiting for December when we will have some visitors from the committee at Christmas time.

Thanking you, In the Grace of Our Father in Heaven, Mathews.P.Jacob.