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Blessings Continue During Last Days in India

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A banner for the team’s last event in Pune, India.

Ralph Martin wrote the following report from India, where he recently spent three weeks, speaking extensively and serving with his wife, Anne, Deacon Dan and Dolly Foley, Fr. Chas Canoy, John and Michelle Kazanjian, and Erin Campbell. This is the last in a three-part series about the mission. The first two can be found here and here. Anne Martin already has provided two reports about the mission, which can be found here and here.

We arrived late Monday night and had a pretty good night’s sleep. We are working to overcome the ten-and-one-half hour time difference! It’s great to be home!

Anne mentioned to me this morning that, despite the fatigue of the long trip home, we would go back in a minute, since the people we met in each city are truly wonderful. Christians now in India are wary of increasing hostility from the new aggressively Hindu government and may have to face persecution in coming days—some have already been killed by fanatics, and government “regulations” are making it harder to conduct Church services. We will keep them all in our prayers and hearts.

The welcome we received by all four bishops of the dioceses in which we served, and their main collaborators, couldn’t have been warmer. I also want to say a special thanks to Romeo Fernando, who interpreted for us in Vasai and helped us in Pune. He did so much to organize what we did in Vasai, along with his community. I met Romeo twenty years ago on my last trip to India; he has visited us in Ann Arbor since then and has become a very dear and valued brother in the Lord.

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Romeo Fernando interpreted for Ralph in Vasai. The two have known each other for twenty years.

Picking up from where I left off in my last report, we made the nearly two-hour flight to Pune for our last events. One of the great blessings of our final week in Pune was that John and Michelle Kazanjian joined our team. Each afternoon, they taught the priests how basic Gospel truths—like repentance, forgiveness, and renunciation of the devil—can be applied in a practical way to a person’s life in order to bring freedom in areas of people’s lives that are afflicted or in bondage. This is known as the Unbound method. We all helped them form teams to pray for priests individually, and many experienced wonderful freedom and deliverance. Deacon Dan and Fr. Chas preached at all of the daily Masses, and our team worked beautifully together. I helped as a prayer warrior for a number of these sessions; one night the demand from priests led me to do my first “solo” prayer session, and it went well.

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Ralph and Anne Martin pictured with some of the nuns at the day for religious.

Romeo Fernando spent most of the week with us in Pune and was a big help to the priests, many of whom asked him to return to teach them how to lead Life in the Spirit Seminars and help their people experience greater life in the Spirit. In fact, since our return, we already received an email from the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service Team in Pune, saying “We have received many requests now to put on the Life in the Spirit Seminars in parishes here, thanks to your team!”

One ongoing difficulty we dealt with for several months was getting books and booklets delivered to each of the four cities we visited, even though we sent them in plenty of time through reliable delivery services. Most of the books and booklets got through in time, but some didn’t. Here in Pune, an Indian edition of The Fulfillment of All Desire, which was supposed to be one of the easiest to deliver since it was coming from within India, didn’t arrive until today. Finally, at one point, when Anne was experiencing a certain difficulty, she offered it up for the safe arrival of the books, and they arrived that day!

For our last weekend in India, we moved back to town to stay at the bishop’s house while we gave eight talks to a general conference of mostly of Charismatic Renewal Catholics. And then, we made a five-hour drive to Mumbai to get our plane home!

CROPPED A 2 Lunch today with Bishop Dabre and retired bishop Valerian D’Souza – one of the best lunches we had. Usually food in a bishop’s house is pretty good.
Lunch with Bishop Dabre and retired bishop Valerian D’Souza—one of the best lunches we had.

Before I end, I should mention a few of the small things that figured significantly in the trip. Unfortunately, most municipal water systems in India still are not able to provide water safe to drink. In almost every place we went, they had special taps for water that was filtered or boiled. We take for granted the general safety of our municipal water supplies here in North America.

Something else we take for granted is hot showers with actual shower stalls or bathtubs with shower curtains. Every bathroom we had in India was quite adequate, but very different from what we expect in the US. Most had showers coming out from the wall, but some didn’t, in which case buckets were provided for sponge baths. Also, there weren’t any shower curtains, so the water sprayed over the entire bathroom and had to be squeegeed up after showering. Throughout the entire three-week trip, we only had hot water for showers once, on our last day. Because of the schedule, we could take showers only in the morning; since the water was heated by solar power, the water was still cold. Had we showered in the afternoon, the sun would have had time to heat it up.

I have been invited to return to India to do a retreat for all fifty-one bishops of Kerala and then all the priests and nuns. We will see how this unfolds! I know that Deacon Dan, John and Michelle, and Anne and I all feel that doors have opened in India that we should continue to walk through, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

Thank you so much for your prayers, financial support, and other sacrifices that allow this and all other missions to take place.

Your brother in Jesus, our Lord,

Ralph

Below are some additional photos from the mission:

All the food for the old people's home where we are having the priest retreat in Pune is being cooked under wood burning fires outbuilding
The priests’ retreat in Pune was held at a home for elderly people—where all the food is cooked on wood-burning fires in this outbuilding.

 

All the laundry at the retreat house is done by beating the clothes on the cement slab
All the laundry at the retreat house is done by beating clothes on this cement slab.

 

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Pune
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Pune.

 

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Flowers in Pune.

 

The buffalo take precendence over the cars
The buffalo take precedence over the cars!

Blessings Continue for India Mission

 

We had an amazing visit to the “tribal areas” today to speak to all the priests and nuns working with the “tribals.” Wonderful work in education and healthcare and evangelization.
We had an amazing visit to the “tribal areas” to speak with all of the priests and nuns who work there. They do wonderful work in education, healthcare, and evangelization.

As Ralph Martin has been busy giving twenty-three talks during their first nine days in India, his wife, Anne Martin, is stepping in to keep supporters up-to-date on how their mission in India is progressing. Please continue to keep Ralph, the entire mission team, and those hearing their message, in your prayers!

By Anne Martin

As I write this, I’m on a train with Ralph; Deacon Dan and Dolly Foley; Fr. Chas; and our friend and host, Fr. Matthew (a former student of Ralph’s who now teaches at the Syro-Malankara Seminary in Trivandrum). Our last days in Vasai were even more blessed than the first ones! I knew Ralph was going to speak at an outdoor rally, but I was shocked when we arrived at the venue! I had imagined a grassy field, standing, and casual. Instead, we were greeted by over five-thousand people, red outdoor-type carpeting, a stage, lights, and music. Ralph gave two half-hour talks, followed by Adoration.

The next day, we drove two hours to visit a tribal area with Archbishop Machado. These tribes are a different race from the Indians and live in rural areas/reservations. We were greeted by a throng of beautiful young students playing instruments, singing, and throwing flower petals on us. I was moved to tears! Ralph gave the priests and sisters three talks. An elderly Italian nun, who has been on mission for over fifty years, is a part of the team there. They have a hospital, a primary-to-college school, social workers, and catechists.

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Deacon Dan and Dolly Foley, Archbishop Felix Machado, and Anne and Ralph Martin

In the short week we were with the archbishop and his little community, we felt like family. It was sad to say goodbye, but it was time to go to the southern part of India. We traveled via domestic airline; I love the name—”IndiGo.” There’s another one called “Spice.”

We arrived in Trivandrum in time to settle in at Cardinal Cleemis’s house, and had night prayers and dinner with his household. They are Malankara rite, which traces its roots to Antioch. Every Psalm and prayer was sung and the thurible, which holds the incense, was refilled a dozen times. I have no idea what they prayed, but I DO know it was holy, awesome, and reverenced the Trinity.

Each day, I’m humbled by the gracious hospitality extended to us. Dinner was no exception. The entire menu was prepared with our western palates in mind. I was told they normally eat extremely hot, spicy food. We had a feast of pasta, roast chicken, vegetables, fruit, and even ice cream.

Anne and Fr. Chas Canoy praying in the chapel of the seminary CROPPED
Anne Martin and Fr. Chas Canoy praying in the seminary chapel.

The next morning, Fr. Matthew took us to the seminary, where Ralph presented a paper at a theological colloquium. He was one of several presenters. After lunch, we visited a Hindu temple in the heart of the city. They discovered a treasure trove of gold, piles of diamonds, rubies, and more underneath it. Of course, we couldn’t go down to see it. We then drove to a beach. Trivandrum is on the Indian Ocean. The sand is gold in color and actually has gold in it.

Well, the train is slowing down, and it’s time to arrive in Cochin. Our adventure continues!

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The school children, who welcomed the mission team with a great strewing of flower petals, song, and dance.

Ralph Martin Leaves for India Today

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Banners like this one, in the Marathai language, are displayed in all forty parishes in one Indian diocese.
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This is the English translation of the banner that is on display in forty Indian parishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Partners in the Gospel,

Your support is making possible a really significant mission to India, beginning today. We have our visas, we have our inoculations against typhoid and Hepatitis A, and we are taking our malaria pills. As you read this, a small team and I are on our way to the airport, getting ready to fly to India, where Renewal Ministries has been invited by four Indian dioceses to provide training and encouragement for their priests, nuns, and lay leaders, as well as to conduct large rallies. I will even deliver a theological paper at an academic colloquium.

One of the archbishops who invited us has confided to us that he is very concerned about the condition of his priests and is grateful for our service. The Church in India has been, in many places, badly affected by pressure from the dominant Hinduism into a sometimes watered-down approach to proclaiming the true identity of Jesus and His call to all people everywhere to believe, repent, and be baptized.

From January 6 (yes, it will take us two days to get there!) to January 12, we will be in the diocese of Vasai, just North of Mumbai (the former Bombay). From January 12-15, we will be in the far South of India, in the State of Kerala, in the dioceses of Trivandrum and Tiruvalla. We have been invited to Trivandrum by Cardinal Cleemis, who is the current president of the Indian Bishops’ Conference. We have been invited to Tiruvalla by Archbishop Koriloos, who has visited us here in Michigan and also in Rome, and who arranged for The Fulfillment of All Desire to be translated into Malayalam, the dominant local language. Then we move by plane, train, and automobile, back to the central region of India, to the Diocese of Poona, in the city of Pune, where we will be until January 23.

My wife Anne is going with me, as is Renewal Ministries’ Board Chairman Deacon Dan Foley and his wife Dolly, whose daughter married a young man from Pune. This whole mission began with their wedding in Pune, which sparked the invitation to the Diocese of Pune. Then, former Indian students from the seminary and friends from previous visits to India heard we were going to be there, and a mission to one diocese evolved into a mission to four dioceses!

John and Michelle Kazanjian also will join us in Pune, for the week-long priests’ retreat and sisters’ retreat; they will lead prayer for deliverance from various bondages using the “five keys” of the Unbound method developed by our good friend Neal Lozano. Anne and Dolly (who are coming at our personal expense) will help them pray for people. Fr. Chas Canoy will join us in the south and in Pune, to help minister to the priests. He is the pastor of a parish in Jackson, Michigan, and a Sacred Heart Major Seminary graduate.

As time permits—every day is scheduled!—I will be sending “reports from the field” to let you know how things are going, hopefully along with some photos.

Thank you for your support, and please include us in your prayers during this time!

Gratefully,

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Ralph Martin

President

Renewal Ministries