FRAGRANT CUMIN

FRAGRANT CUMIN

India…land of delectable spices.

Enchanted Forests

The air was heady with the Fragrance of an Aromatic Spice which is used across most cuisines in the Indian Sub Continent.

Native to India , the use of which goes back to Ancient India , Cumin ( English), Zeera ( Hindi) , Cuminum cyminum ( Scientific name) is a Herbal Plant related to Parsley.

I was fortunate to photograph a handful of Plants which had been missed by the harvesters as they were hidden within a field of  Isabgol plants ( pls see the blog titled ISABGOL) .

cumin plant Cumin Plant

Raipur is a small village near Ajmer, Rajasthan where I was fortunate to see Zeerabeing harvested and processed.

The Cumin Seeds, still attached to the stems  are being Sun Dried.

seeds Cumin Seeds being Sun dried

The shadow on this mountain of aromatic  Zeera seeds is of my finger on the Camera Button.

Zeera

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Waste Picker Ministry

WastePickers-India

In the west, we are privileged when it comes to the issue of rubbish collection. We separate our waste into bags and from there into counselling recycling bins and then it is all collected by a big shiny council refuse truck and taken away…hardly a hand gets dirty.

But imagine if garbage and recycling were something you had to do for a living…on the streets, rummaging amongst mountains of waste on the kerb sides, in the stations or on the tips on the edge of town…dirty, sweaty, stinking work that earned you 30 rupees a day…not even enough for a meal. Would you be happy about it?

Thousands of people in India earn their living by ‘waste picking’. For the most part, the workers are individuals unsupported by any Government or NGO’s (I recognise the support, organisation and recognition that is given to waste pickers in some states in India, such as Bangalore). Pickers  live in make-shift huts beside the dumps; suffer disease; are looked down upon by society; live under constant threat from attack and abuse, harassment by police and other authorities. They live in primitive conditions, lack basic health care are rejected, often abused and struggle to provide food for their children and education is not an option.

Jonathan and his team provide essential support to people who often feel on the edge, even outside of society. In his regular visits to waste picker communities and families, he brings food, clothing, educational items for the children and a message of hope.

From my listening to reports from India regarding the lives of the poor on the streets and in the slums, there is a growing recognition that even at the lowest levels of society, that raised aspiration can lead to a better standard of life...see Annamma’s story. But she had to flee Andra Pradesh in order to realise her aspirations.

cropped-india_carbagecollectors_header_blog_3457913fd6fecf7.jpgChildren in a Waste Picker community.

 

Are you able to help Jonathan and his team to continue to support the waste pickers in his district? If so, reply in the comments section and I will give you details of how you can bring hope and aspiration the waste pickers of Visakhapatnam.

IMG-20151229-WA0010                                                   Distributing food to Waste Pickers

 

 

Introducing Pastor K. Timothy

Pastor Timothy

I am Timothy born and brought up in a Hindu family at Chinateenarla .we are six children to my parents and I am  the fourth son to my parents. We all are fisher people. I am married and I have two children. I was divot of household Goddesses.

 Conversion:  in my village there was a blind pastor who used to come to our house and slowly my sister believed in Christ. I use to listening from the pastor and moreover through my sister’s prayers I come to Christ. Once I come to know that I am sinner, then I ask forgiveness from the Lord and took baptism. I attend church regularly and I participate in every meeting. As I was growing in the Lord I started business and it was good, as my family was also growing in the Lord.

Call for ministry: one day I attended one meeting and God spoke to me directly through a prophet. There I dedicated myself to the Lord’s ministry but when I come to my home I neglected to go to ministry.  I was not having peace in my life . Once again I attended to one meeting again God spoke to me through a pastor. Then I remembered my call and I served three year with one pastor as assistant but later God spoke to me to go Bible College, I went there and studied. During this time, my wife and children were not having food because of financial struggles but I did not leave My Bible College. I understood that one who called me He is faithful to me and my family.

Ministry:  By the grace of God I entered in ministry in year of 2005. Now I am doing ministry in three villages. In those villages there were no single believers but now by the grace of God people are coming to the church. Right know I don’t have any church building to worship the Lord in, so pray for me.  Those villages are very strict in their religions. So, please pray for ministry and by the grace of God along with Pastor Jonathan as a team we are working in God’s field.  Around 40 people are there but less people come every Sunday because they use to go other places to survival.

India’s Children and Malaria

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Malaria kills about one child every minute in the sub-tropics. India is no exception. Children, as well as adults, are affected, resulting in 1 million deaths each year. Just a couple of months ago I was able to team up with Jonathan and his co-workers, to provide mosquito nets for an entire village, thus giving them protection and a greater level of assurance for their health and well-being. This vital work that is carried out by the team is one of their primary mission objectives and is followed up by the Christian story.

Mosquito net_Mother and Ch‎ild