100 years is a long time.
In 1907 - Christian Eicher and others from the Christian and Missionary Alliance started a training institute to prepare Marathi-speaking village evangelists to reach out to their communities. The location was Bodwad, a small village out side of Bhusaval, Maharasthra - near the main railway line that runs between Mumbai and Kolkotta.
Today, the Maharashtra Bible College celebrates its centenary. Among those present is Christian's grandson Ray who will be sharing about God's faithfulness and his heart of love and compassion which seeks to reach out to this broken world.
This morning at Jeevan Sahara we were blessed with guests - the support group for Dr. Adam's from the Queen's Park Baptist Church. As we introduced ourselves and shared how God had brought us here, Lata Pote, one of the JSK staff shared her story. After making a decision to follow the Lord Jesus, Lata was sent to the Maharashtra Bible College for training.
Today she is ministering to people with HIV with a deep passion and joy.
For Christian Eicher's great-grandson - it was a great joy to know that the small institution he was instrumental in starting 100 years ago - still continues to bless many. Even people with HIV/AIDS in urban Thane.
100 years may not be so long a time after all.