Update on India! Dear beloved faithful in Jesus Christ, Our Orthodox Christian mission in India continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and now we have been officially recognized by the Government of India. This is a miracle in itself, considering that a strong Hindu government is now in power and many other faiths (especially Christian) are officially limited in their scope of missionary work within the country.
Last week, the regional government in the State (Andhra Pradesh) where the Russian Orthodox Mission has been established, sent an official appeal to me, as head of this mission.
Tuesday, February 5 I got up at 7:00 a.m., and so I had an hour before Orthros. As usual, I made myself some coffee by putting into a half-empty water bottle a spoonful of the instant coffee I had brought and shaking it up. Needless to say, it tastes awful like that without any sweetener or cream, but it’s not like I had any other safe way to get my caffeine.
My Second Journal in India by Papa Ephraim
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Once again I find myself unexpectedly flying out to India. Since my last trip there four months ago which can be read about in my previous journal much has happened. In November some professional translators in India were hired to translate into Telugu the book by Fr. Seraphim Bell entitled “Understanding the Rich Heritage of the Orthodox Church.” This book answers the questions that Protestants typically have when exposed to Orthodoxy.
My India Journal by Papa Ephraim
Monday, September 17, 2018 Glory be to God for all things!
It is hard to believe that I am now on a plane flying over the Pacific Ocean towards Hawaii and then to India. It was just three months ago that I was peacefully sitting in my cell at St. Anthony’s Monastery—the same cell I had lived in for the wonderful past 23 years of my life.