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Reflection on a Modern Missionary Journey

OTI visit and dedication of the dining hall 2018

On Thursday 31st May, I arrived in Bangalore and visited the IEM Office.

IEM map of India


Later that day I went on to the Outreach Training Institute (OTI), where new missionaries are trained. This is at Mugalapalli, about an hour’s drive to the South of Bangalore, just in the state of Tamil Nadu. I spent some time with the students, including attending Sunday worship.

On Thursday 7th June, we had a special service of Dedication of the new Dining Hall Extension, which was funded by Springfield Park. This enables OTI to accommodate two courses in parallel, with differing timetables and therefore different mealtimes. This addition is much appreciated by IEM.

After visiting a number of friends, I returned home to London via Delhi on Friday 15th June. It was a quick but enjoyable and profitable visit.

  • Dining Hall
    Part of the new dining hall extension.
  • Dedication ceremony
    Speeches at the dedication ceremony.
  • Cutting the ribbon
    Cutting the ribbon.

Go to Mission India 2017 to see John's account of his visit in 2017, or join Johns mission trip to India on Facebook for the latest news.

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