Category Archives: Tamil Nadu

My First Sermon Ever: “Made in the Image of God”

Thandiwe Gobledale February 24, 2010 “Made in the image of God” A reading from Genesis 1 verses 26-27, a selection “26 Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness… 27 So God created humankind … Continue reading

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Remembering: The Boy with the Tikka

I open my eyes.  Barely.  The world fills with light and dark objects moving around in it.  I feel tempted to keep my eyes open and study this new world I have discovered, but the eye doctor instructed me to … Continue reading

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The Child of Missionaries: Reflection, June 2007

This is a reflection that I was asked to write for a publication put out by the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa.  It was also published in Disciples World. I watch the red earth puff up in little clouds … Continue reading

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Time Carries on….

…. and the leaves that are green, turn to brown” 21 June, 2007 I have been 23 for two weeks.  I feel like I’ve been ready to be 23 for ages.   Wry smile.  A funny feeling.  It’s an actually cool day today.  I mean really … Continue reading

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Which way the wind blows

Hello again!  Let’s see….  It’s a hot Saturday afternoon in June.  And I’m sitting on news.  Big news.  Since living in Kalimpong for the first five months of 2005 during my study abroad, it’s been my dream to work with … Continue reading

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How Many Roads?

June, 2007 Greetings!  Vannakam!  Namaste! So much has happened since the last time I wrote.  So much!  I cannot write about all of it or nearly all of it.  Things were hard at Pannai before I headed up north to … Continue reading

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Transitions: Away from MBKG Pannai, Mid-May

Dear Mum and Dad, You are both so amazing and wonderful and supportive and non-judgmental.  Wow.  Thanks to both of you for your wonderful emails sharing your thoughts, feelings and experiences.  After my two weeks in Kalimpong, I’m really seriously … Continue reading

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India once more, March 2007

14 March, 2007 I am exactly 9 days from the 6 month mark of my time here in India. Crazy, isn’t it. And I’m continuing to learn and grow and fit (and not fit) into this community. It’s getting hotter … Continue reading

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Invited to Pray

Just a quick note from present-day, divinity school Thandiwe that this is what I consider to be my call story, the event and experience that pushed me into divinity school, from where I am now looking towards congregational ministry as … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Day

23 November, 2006 Thanksgiving Day “Gudiyatham road?” the auto rickshaw driver asks me.  I am not sure, so I don’t reply.  As we approach, I recognize it and nod.  At the corner I get down.  “Enna villai?  How much is … Continue reading

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