Sunday, 28 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
On top a British cannon
This park was built to commemorate the visit of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, to Allahabad. It forms a quiet and refreshing tract of greenery in the heart of the city. It was later renamed in honour of Chandra Shekhar Azad, a freedom fighter who lost his life at this place during the struggle for independence. It contains a white marble canopy which was formerly a memorial to Queen Victoria.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
A few days ago I read in the newspapers that Christian schools in the north eastern city of Shillong had complained about a school text book containing a caricature of Christ with a cigarette and beer can.They withdrew the book from their syllabus. The publish hing house apologized and recalled the objectionable books and people who returned the books got their money back.
But things were not so in Punjab. Below is a media report.
India consists of a multi religion society. We must learn to respect each other 's views and
live peacefully.Christian are soft targets as we silently bear persecution.
We are also ridiculed and mocked just as Jesus was.
."Father Peter Kavumpuram, the local diocesan spokesperson, said that as soon as the posters appeared, a Catholic delegation led by Bishop Anil Couto of Jalandhar met authorities to seek action against those responsible. The government took two days to arrest the culprits. Police yesterday [Feb. 21] arrested Pritpal Singh, an Ayurveda doctor responsible for putting up the poster. His accomplices were arrested today. Father Kavumpuram said Catholic and other established Churches, did not organize protests following the administration’s assurances. They urged people to keep calm and accept the incident as part of their Lenten penance, Father Kavumpuram added. However, other smaller Christian sects ignored the plea and organized protest marches in various parts of Gurdaspur. They met at a Methodist church in Batala and went to the local administration office to submit a memorandum. On their way, someone in the group shouted slogans against a Hindu radical group and that triggered violence. The Christian protesters looted shops and destroyed some motorcycles. Police and local people beat up this group. Then, a Hindu mob attacked two churches and burned another, all belonging to Protestant Churches. The police arrested many Christian youths. Father Kavumpuram said as soon as the Hindu radicals retaliated, leaders of the Christians protesting fled the scene. About 300 Christian youths from the affected areas attended a meeting the Catholic Church convened at Fatehgarh on Feb. 20 to take stock of the situation. Church leaders urged the youth to refrain from indulging in violence.
11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5 New Testament
Friday, 19 February 2010
Posted by Amrita at Friday, February 19, 2010
Rev Joseph and his wife)
Ruth is a special needs girl (actually a woman in her 30s)
she has the mind of an innocent sweet child.
She loves children and goes everyday
to help out in a pre-nursery school.
L-R Alisha aka Nishu
with her parents
my cousin Manju and her hubby Daniel.
There were many more people at the get together
unfortunately the photos did not show up.
Mala and her hubby ,my cousin Deepak.
They teach Hindi to foreigners from all
over the world.
Deepak is a thinker, author
and a very good preacher.
Both Daniel and Deepak have
a wonderful sense of humor.
Bina and John came to visit us on Thursday.
Here they are with Mom.
At the meeting they shared how the Lord healed
their marriage problems, lives
They don 't have health insurance in the US
and John had to go through major surgeries
which was a terrible strain on them.
Last year Bina was found with breast cancer,
she flew down to India with her (only) grown up
son and had it done.
This year' s examination showed that she is cancer free.
We rejoice with them.
This couple has been through
a lot of heartache and trouble
but today they can truly
say the Lord
put them back together.