The next day, I finally busted one of my longstanding barriers: 4 plates of rice! The members here always will try to fit as much rice down your throat as is humanly possible, and this time I managed it! The member was thrilled.
On Saturday, we had a day of caution. It was the first day of Ramzan, or Ramadan, and so we were told to be very careful in who we talked to and how late we were out, because the celebration may get out of hand. In reality, nothing really happened. I wouldn't have guessed that it was Ramadan if I hadn't been told. Pushkaral, on the other hand, is being absolutely insane. In one day, 5,000,000 people showed up. That was twice the number that anyone expected, all in one day. This particular type of Pushkaral only happens once every 144 years, and so it was a little bigger than people guessed, what with India's population growing in the last 144 years.
We found three new interesting investigators this week. The first was the son of a late evangelical christian preacher, and was very excited to meet us. We ran into him on accident, and he invited us in, and we had a very long gospel discussion. His church, the church of Christ, has very similar beliefs to us, but he doesn't trust the old testament, priesthood, or revelation. We plan on coming back, because he may be promising. The next two we found were also on accident, and also while looking for someone else. They go to the church of Jesus Christ of Nazareth's Ministry, and once again have very similar beliefs. We taught about the plan of salvation, and they got very excited about it, and invited us back!
These are some of the Pushkaral decorations
This is pourri, an indian breakfast food. It's a little like a fried pancake, full of air
This is the West Maredpally chapel in Hyderabad. It is very nice, and as far as I know, is not the only nonrented meetinghouse in all of India.
We visited an Indian zoo, and found they had some surprising animals in there. Giant tortoises were one shocking feature.
Also, we saw a guy riding an elephant. No elephant exhibit, just this.