India, an incredible land that stretches beyond your imagination, is your destination on this summer missions trip. You will work alongside the staff and students of the Teen Missions in India BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK (BMW) Training Center in their daily areas of work and ministry. This may include block-making, working in the rice paddies, doing construction on a school building and ministering to children in neighboring villages. Your puppets and balloons will be an instant draw to the kids whom the students minister to during the week and in Sunday Schools.
June 13 – July 31
Silk saris, hand-loomed fabrics, inlaid wood pictures or copper and brass trinkets are just some of the things that can be purchased while shopping. While in Chennai, you will see St. Thomas Mountain, believed to be the location of Apostle Thomas’ martyrdom. You then return to Hong Kong, where you can shop for some of Asia’s best buys and barter in the markets for anything from Chinese food delicacies to the latest electronics and clothing. While here you may ride the Star Ferry across Hong Kong Harbor. A ride on the tram to the top of Victoria’s Peak offers a stunning 360º panoramic view of Hong Kong!
The team will be housed in classrooms, and showers are available. Laundry will be done using your buckets.
Following Boot Camp, you bus to the Orlando International Airport to board a flight to Los Angeles. Continuing flights take you across the Pacific Ocean and International Date Line to Hong Kong, China and the Bay of Bengal before arriving in Chennai, India. From Chennai you board a train for a 10-hour trip north to Vijayawada where the Teen Missions in India BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK (BMW) Training Center is located. After your project, you return to Chennai and fly to Hong Kong.
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Contributions Equal To: $4590 U.S. plus Registration Fee
Background: The Indus Valley civilization, one of the world’s oldest, flourished during the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. and extended into northwestern India. Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated onto the Indian subcontinent about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. The Maurya Empire of the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. – which reached its zenith under ASHOKA – united much of South Asia. The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries A.D.) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. Arab incursions starting in the 8th century and Turkic in the 12th were followed by those of European traders, beginning in the late 15th century. By the 19th century, Britain had assumed political control of virtually all Indian lands. Indian armed forces in the British army played a vital role in both World Wars. Nonviolent resistance to British colonialism led by Mohandas GANDHI and Jawaharlal NEHRU brought independence in 1947. The subcontinent was divided into the secular state of India and the smaller Muslim state of Pakistan. A third war between the two countries in 1971 resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. India’s nuclear weapons testing in 1998 caused Pakistan to conduct its own tests that same year. Despite impressive gains in economic investment and output, India faces pressing problems such as significant overpopulation, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and widespread corruption.