Friday, July 27, 2007

Evangelism in Kakinada, India

Feeling this overwhelmed by a culture that I do not understand, it is not possible to yet describe my thoughts about this place. Instead, I will pen a few quick observations.

The sewers are overflowing here. Cutlery is not used here, instead people merely eat with their right hands. Today I was eating with my left hand and I was chastised by the matron of the house. People wipe their butts with their left hands. Therefore there is no toilet paper and instead, a bucket of water. There was a man riding an elephant down the street today, he told me to stop video taping unless I paid him. There are large, plump cattle standing in traffic, yet there are starving people in this city. The Christians eat chicken. The coffee here is delicious and they bring it to me each day while I am in bed. The humidity is 100%, therefore there is always water on the ground, providing the perfect breeding environment for mosquitoes. There are 5 deadly diseases which can be bore by mosquitoes, these diseases are quite common. Three percent of the people here call themselves Christian. Families are only allowed 2 children. There are over 1 billion people in India. There are a lot of orphans here. Instead of blinkers they use horns to signal lane changes and turns. I like it here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Leaving Africa for India

This is my first time to use the internet in 2 weeks. After leaving Cyprus, I flew to London to meet my crew and from there, we flew here, to Nairobi Kenya. I had exactly 3 days warning to let me know that I would be going to Africa. I arrived not knowing the official language or currency.

The best way to describe what I've been doing here is to say that I've been a missionary, but I've been a filmmaker too, the line between which has been growing smaller and smaller.

There is so much room for enterprise here in Africa, it is unbelievable. The gap between the rich and the poor is a giant chasm in Kenya. If you had the money and means to create a high-speed internet provider, you would be making millions very quickly. The internet is in the dark ages here.

Kenya looks just like it does in post cards. There are lions roaming wild here and groups of cheatas walking lazily around the national parks, and sitting in the grass caring for their chirping babies. But there are also slums of epic proportions, one of which we left at high speeds after we found out about the murderous cult operating there. I would upload pictures, but this internet kiosk is afraid of viruses and won't let me plug anything into their USB ports.

Tonight I fly to Mumbai, India and from their to a rural area of India where we will preach the good news that Christ has come, and document our work on digital video in the hopes of making a marketable TV show.

I miss you guys. God willing, I'll be back in Texas on August 6th. And then I'll probably move back to Fort Worth for a year. Talk to you all soon.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Madness at Heathrow

By the way, this video is unedited, just clips put together, but you get the idea.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Trailer for The Great Commission

Austin somehow already cut together a trailer for the documentary we were working on in London. Here it is.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Leaving Europe for Cyprus

Wow, it has been an amazing trip. Although it was short lived, I am so happy to have had the opportunity to finally see some of Eastern Europe. Thank you for all of your comments, prayers and well-wishings!

This evening I'll fly to London-Heathrow, arrive at 8pm, sleep in the airport, and leave again tomorrow morning at 8am for Cyprus. The total travel time for this journey will be 24+ hours, so say a little prayer that I'll get some rest during the flights and buses and airport floors.

Here are a few pics to get you up to speed with where I've been over the last 2 weeks:This guy was trying to sell me tickets to a classical concert in Vienna. I told him that I was going to meet some girls that I'd met at my hostel and he got rather excited and told me to "bring too ladeez for danzing and fun for us both!"
Saint Barbaras cathedral in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. a 15th century cathedral which is now of course just a museum.
The infamous Bone Church or "Ossuary" in Kutna Hora. Yes, those are real skulls. What you don't see is the other 40,000 of them in Pyramids behind me. Don't worry, there'll be a video.
The view at the beer Garden, overlooking Prague.
Prague castle.
On the way to St. Barbara's in Kutna Hora. The Lion is Christ I'm guessing.
The beautiful view over old town Kutna Hora.
The view over Budapest from atop the castle.
The castle and museum in the middle of the central park in Budapest.
I think it's safe to say I've gotten good at taking pictures of myself.