We were able to enjoy this year’s convention yet another time.
In another place, in a different language—Hindi!
Back in California, I was praying about what to do next. One thing that I was considering was joining the Hindi field. ( I am completely intrigued by the cultures, cuisines and languages of South Asia). Before moving to California, I used to support a Nepali pre-group. This truly felt like the work of a missionary. I enjoyed the challenge of seasoning spiritual food to appeal to their cultural palates.
Even the approach was different. It was friendly, required to be sincere, and involved. Teaching the Bible was a family affair. Daughters, fathers, and mothers would gather around and engage in lively discussions. Return visits usually consisted of hours of talking, a delicious meal (curry! chow mein!) , and of course sharing Bible truths. I will never forget their enthusiasm for studying and how endeared they were to us, and us to them.
When I moved to San Diego, there was no Nepali, sadly. However, the local Hindi group did cover Nepali speaking householders. From then on I seriously considered moving to Hindi at various points over the next few years. It just seemed never to be the right time, and Jehovah’s direction was clearly elsewhere.
Nonetheless, I began considering it again when I returned home and thanks to Jehovah, was able to attend the convention in Hindi-anticipating that it would lead to a new goal at the most, and if nothing else, some really good association
. We enjoyed the refreshment and kindness of the brothers and sisters we met there, who were displaying a self-sacrificing attitude in trying to preach in this difficult language. I would also be reunited with my favorite twins, Ben and Barbara! We used to go to the same congregation back in Ohio. They have always been spiritually focused, but it has been heart warming to see their growth as they support one another pioneering and in a foreign language. They kindly welcomed us to accompany them and helped us to make arrangements. This was such a treat!
We truly enjoyed the association of all the friends who with faith, made the decision to “step on over”. How Jehovah is blessing their joy. And thanks to Ben and Barbara as well as the rest of the Columbus Hindi group for showing us such a great time.
Did this experience lead to a switch to Hindi?
Surprisingly, no. Jehovah clearly had something else in mind.
I’ll share soon.