Monday, 2 July 2012


I spent a wonderful hour reviewing the past month with our 4 interns from the Union Biblical Seminary.  We started at 5 PM and several rounds of meditative sharings and an obligatory cup of chai each, we found that we managed to squeeze the hour till 6.30 before we finally broke off our conversation.

This batch of interns is the first under the new 3 month internship - their predecessors had 7 months with us at a time.  So we are now staring into the last month of Shibin, Renny, Limchung and Dilu's time with us.

What struck me was how deep and wholeistic their learning has been this past month.  Not only have they picked up multiple skills, they each expressed having been formed and shaped as disciples of their loving Master.

We are so much the richer for our short-term co-workers.  They bring with them a breath of fresh air - with their smiles and good humour and willingness to work.  They also bring fresh eyes to appreciate the work that is being done day in and day out.  As well as fresh lips to express concern for areas which we tend to overlook because of the day-in-and-day-out nature of working at something for a long time.

What comes to me again is the value of learning by doing.  By actually plunging in and helping people - and allowing ourselves to be shaped in the process.  These four young men are the leaders of tomorrow.  They are going to be setting things right-side-up again - and will be doing it having had a formative experience working with families affected by HIV.  What a privilege for us to be a part of this journey.

Dilu, Shibin, Limchung and Renny
As our friends finish off their time with us this month we are already preparing for the bitter-sweet experience of saying fare-well!

1 comment:

  1. koikal cherian cherian24 July 2012 at 02:43

    Its my honor and previlege to see Renny and other four(4) warriors of Christ to have such experience from Jeevan Sahara Kendra through God's beloved Mr Eicher. God bless you in your mission. Keep it up ....All the best..God Bless you..