It has been a whirlwind! Last night, we attended a "Spiritual Growth Convention" at a village some 25 kilometers from Amritsar. The evening began with the laying of bricks for the new pastor's house that will soon be under construction. The old house was lower and downhill from the church; every time it rained, it flooded. Then followed three hours of praise and worship--music, prayer and preaching. Mark Warpmaeker gave a word of welcome for us, and really connected with the 250 people who were there. After worship, we had dinner--after 10 pm!
Sisters and brothers, Advent is a season of hopeful longing. Hope for the coming of the Christ child and longing for the abundant life Christ promised. But we know many in our communities and around the world are hungry. You know this because of the work you do in your communities through your food pantries, and in your community meals. And because of the work we do together through ELCA World Hunger.