Posts from July 2016

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July 14th – Pentecostalism

by John Smuts

Much that has happened this week has caused us to reflect upon Pentecostalism in Sri Lanka. What follows is not meant to be prejorative but simply a way of processing thoughts as we go along. Yesterday we spent the day at the Baby clinic – once a week mothers come with their babies to the […]

July 12th – Community Concern

by John Smuts

All this week we are volunteering with the charity CCS – Community Concern Society. As Nirmala is explaining in the photo below, the charity has been going for over 30 years and has grown to cover many different ministries over the years. Nirmala has arranged different things for us to do each day; so that […]

July 10th – Anniversaries

by John Smuts

This morning John preached at the English service at Kollupitiya (pronounced Collpetty) Methodist Church in Colombo – it was the 120th anniversary of the opening of their building. (John wonders if he could lose weight by sweating that much every time he preaches.) Methodism has strong roots in Sri Lanka since Methodist missionaries played such […]

July 8th – HCF

by John Smuts

This morning Dr Arul Anketell picked us all up and took us to the Health Care Christian Fellowship in the centre of Colombo for their prayer meeting. We sang and prayed; John shared a short talk (translated into Singhala) and we celebrated Carmen’s 86th birthday. It was such an encouraging time. Along with discipleship and […]

July 7th – Found in Translation

by John Smuts

Today was a lesson in translation for communication. The day started with trying to give to a taxi driver the address of the Colombo Theological Seminary. Even writing it down in English didn’t work since being able to speak a little English is not always the same as being able to read Latin script. Thankfully […]

July 6th – Zion Inn

by John Smuts

Last night was a great festival in Dubai – Ramadan Kareem – after fasting through Ramandan Muslims then eat out as they begin to celebrate Eid. We managed to miss the month of fasting and arrived in time for the eating. Pastor Thomas and Emerald (from his church) not only fed us well but also […]

July Blogs

by Rebecca Edward

Links to our July posts can be found below. July 4th – Independence Day July 5th – Dubai July 6th – Zion Inn July 7th – Found in Translation July 8th – HCF July 10th – Anniversaries July 12th – Community Concern July 14th – Pentecostalism July 15th – Religion July 17th – all the […]

June Blogs

by Rebecca Edward

Find links to all our June blog posts here: June 8th – Flood Training June 14th – Orlando Shootings June 16th – lots of books June 21st – EMA June 24th – Brexit! June 25th – James & Jenni June 27th – Brexit: think of the children!

July 5th – Dubai

by John Smuts

Today was a day for breaking records: we went up the tallest building in the world, walked round the largest shopping mall in the world and ate the most expensive breakfast in the world.* Pastor Thomas Francis, who leads a Tamil church here in Dubai picked us up from the airport and was a fantastic […]

July 4th – Independence Day

by John Smuts

So this evening we went to Gatwick with a very chatty taxi driver. There was no doubt he voted ‘leave’ and we talked about that and our trip to Sri Lanka on the way – he did say he would follow this blog! Okay, so the flight was delayed by an hour which meant that […]