Thursday, July 4, 2013

Pr. Devadoss Is Coming!

Devadoss / pronounced Dev-Das / noun. God-Servant. Devotee. Servant of God. Deva means deity, God, and das means slave, servant, devotee (Deva (देव in Devanagari script from Sanskrit; das from dasa दास in Sanskrit). Rev. T. Devadoss, Chaplain at the Schiefflin Institute of Health-Research Leprosy Centre at Karigiri and the part-time Chaplain for Pravaham: A Community for Peace and Justice (rural south India) will be visiting us Wed. July 24th - Sunday July 28th, thanks to the incredible generosity and super-organization skills of the Dietz family and also our church missions team and Rev. Scott Bullock who have a heart for our whole world!

Pr. Devadoss
Jon wrote a most thoughtful and eloquent letter describing his meeting with Pr. Devadoss. I thought it deserves a wider audience and so here is our first introduction to Pr. Devadoss from Jon. Jon has asked me to help out with Pr. Devadoss's daytime schedule on Thurs. and Fri. Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome. Thanks also for all your prayers for Pravaham. God is answering us faithfully and quite miraculously!

Pr. Christina introducing Tricia & Christina to the students.  
When Jennifer, Christina, Tricia and I went to India two years ago, we visited Pravaham, where there is a school for young Dhalit girls who are taught how to become nurse/caregivers.  Lucy Shyamsundar is the Executive Director there, and she has brought on Rev. Devadass as a part-time Co-ordinator and pastor for the girls.  He leads worship time, and we were fortunate enough to be there on a day that he was in.  

On the day we left, Devadoss offered to take us to a Dhalit village, near Vellore, where some of the students’ families live.  It is a very poor village, but we were greeted with extreme hospitality, in no small part because of their esteem and respect for the Pastor.  We saw firsthand how the ministry at Pravaham had a transforming effect on several families.
Through the village

Jam session in village church
...if we can make time for him, I believe we will all be blessed.  His English is excellent, and he impressed me as a very warm man of God.  
Lucy & Pr. Devadoss showing off some ornaments that the girls made in a craft session that Jennifer, Tricia, Christina led.

About the 2nd picture from the top & 4th picture: In photo #2 Jon explained the box in front of Pr. Devadoss is the Indian harmonium (like a pump organ) which Pr. Devadoss played and used to lead everybody in worship.  Jon wrote this of photo # 4: Jam session at the church that had the red neon lights around the cross and altar.  Music really is a universal language.  That’s him right in front of the cross.

My note: The other instrument seen is the tabla (I hope I'm right!!!). I've since learned a bit about the "native instruments" used in rural Christian worship music. The French pump organ was modified, shortly after its introduction, to fit Indian classical music needs. Modified so much it became the Indian harmonium, so popular, that it is now considered a native or truly bi-cultural instrument. God is simply amazing in how he fosters human creativity!

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1 comment:

  1. I believe the drum is a dholak. The Punjabi congregation here in Norwalk uses the same kind.


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