Cut off from the world

by JesseRay on November 20, 2012

Hello there, this is Jesse, Steve’s son, with an update on my dad and mom’s mission trip to India. They flew from Mumbai to Nagaland on Monday. We spoke briefly on borrowed phone because their iPhones have no service in the remote and mountainous land of Naga. I’ll bet you have never even heard of Nagaland before, in fact I’ll bet you didn’t even know that India has a little finger of land that squeezes between Nepal and Bangledesh and spreads back out reaching all the way to Myanmar (Burma) and China.

From what I understand there were headhunters (not the kind that want to help your career) living here into the 1960s. My dad has spoken with a Catholic Priest whose own father was a headhunter. There are not too many of cradle-catholics around here. 

Dressed as a Naga WarriorThey are having lots of fun learning about the culture meeting the Priests and Bishop, and most of all teaching the Catholics to embrace and defend their faith. The people we have met have a genuine love for the Lord and His church. Their openness and joy are contagious. Please pray for God’s blessing on my parents and the people they encounter. 

As soon as they arrive in Hyderabad, where their mobile service hopefully works again, he will have some very cool pictures and stories to tell about silverware, spears, and why Catholics need to take a lesson from Baptists.




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Cheryl November 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Listening to Steve Ray from Nagaland right now!

Running right now (9:30 am Chicago-time, Tuesday) @
Possibly in the archives later today:

Teisovi Gerard Meyase November 24, 2012 at 7:38 AM

We had a wonderful time with Steve and Janet for three days in Nagaland. Jesse, I’d just like to clarify that Nagas were never cannibals – something totally different from being headhunters.

Sam Ebenezer November 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Steve, Like in Mumbai you should have also taken Tim with you to Nagaland.
I’m glad that God has brought an Ex-Baptist to the biggest Baptist state in the world to talk about Catholicism.

I’m sure you know that Nagaland is the only predominantly Baptist state in the world. Among Christians, Baptists are the predominant group, constituting more than 75% of the state’s population, making it more Baptist (on a percentage basis) than Mississippi in the United States.

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