As this trip was starting to happen I knew I wanted to try and make a few days to spend some time with him and to also meet his new wife. He had just got married in October of 2013 -- a milestone in both of their lives. He had told me at the time that he was also blessed to be a part of a great Vineyard Church which was pastored by Rick & Ellen Coffin. And to connect things up even more, my friend Kurt Bubna that pastors Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley, Washington -- when to high school with both Rick & Ellen Coffin and they are very good friends! Crazy small world sometimes.
Anyway, got check in and took a bit of a rest and then Jagadish came over later to just say hello and to catch up a bit. Carolyn, his wife works until 8:30pm at night and then has a one and a half hour commute back home -- so I would have to meet her the next evening. He was right in the middle of a very big outreach which was supposed to happen the week before -- but there were a couple deaths that were related to folks which caused it to be postponed. So I was going to be able to be a part of it. Jagadish told me it was costing quite a bit of money for the outreach and he was going to try and save money by doing the cooking himself.
|Jagadish (pink shirt), Head Cutter (at table), David (trainee at machine)|
The next day we went to one of the business he is working on -- a sewing center. He said his boss lives in Hyderabad and overseas things financially but Jagadish runs the center and overseas quality control -- Right now they were working on children's school uniforms and had received a very big contract. This work goes about 9 months out of the year. I was introduced also to David. David is a hijira that came to the Lord. Jagadish feels strongly that even though the individual might identify as a woman, he calls them by their original name -- in this case David. David still has breasts and dresses as a woman sometimes but Jagadish addresses him as a him. David is being trained by Jagadish and in the picture is seated at the front machine. A great warm spirit about him.
After touring the center we went to runs some errands (zipping around on a scooter!) and then went to get some lunch. That evening I took rest and then the next day was going to start with the food prep and then the outreach in the late afternoon.
When I arrived the next day to a few hijira on the living room floor, along with the partners in Jagadish ministry all preparing vegetables -- they gave me a space at a chair and a bag of peas and I thought -- this will go very fast. So I took the pea and said, "I know how to do this!" - I snapped off either end and through it in the pot and the whole room started to laugh! This wasn't a snow pea -- it was peas in a pod. One of the Hijira came over and showed me -- snap off either end, then slice pod with finger nail or pull string down and reveal inner pod with the peas -- scoot the peas out into the pot and drop the pod on the floor on the newspaper. One, then 15 seconds later, two, etc. -- this was going to take a lot longer I thought! There were bags of peas, carrots, potatoes, and about 6 other vegetables. It took about 4 hours or so of prep. I really wanted to take pictures but because we were in such close proximity I did not want to make them feel uncomfortable. These were hijira that have been connecting with Jagadish for some time -- they also were still dressing as women but he called them by their male names. One thing was for sure -- they loved and respected Jagadish.
More on the outreach later . . .