By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2 vs 2
The seventh day of our exposure program of South India saw us arrive in Hyderabad, the final stop after a long train journey we rested at our new home for the next 3 days.
Henry Martyn Institute – International Centre for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation (HMI) – is an ecumenical Christian organisation, dedicated to the objective study and teaching of religions, the promotion of interfaith relations and reconciliation. Since its founding in 1930, HMI has established a long record of teaching and research, with an ever-widening circle of research scholars from both within the country and abroad who use the Institute’s facilities for Master’s, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research.
We received a lecture on what the HMI institute offers and the work that it does in the community of Hyderabad and India as a whole, as an International Centre for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation with 7 countries present and many young enthusiastic minds I think this place holds great potential for further research plus they have a huge library where more wonders can be discovered.
The time off also gave us time to discuss important issues like the work of the EMS and a Youth Policy which will be presented at the General meeting in South Africa later this year. Many interesting points came up but also more questions were raised which will hopefully be ironed out in the months to come in order for us to have a policy that all youth can be proud to uphold.
Before our visit we were given the task of creating a presentation about our lives in our various countries in order for each of us to hopefully learn something new about each other. We learnt various new things about Ghana, Lebanon, South Africa, Germany, Indonesia and South Korea….everything that we all had in common was that we are young, willing and able to help make a difference in our society. We all share the passion for changing lives and the drive to put this into action.
After lunch we received a presentation under the title Mobile Phone – Blessing or Curse?
It was a really informative session which gave us an opportunity to interact and engage with one another in the life of a Mobile Phone, from how it is made, how we use and the effect it has on our daily lives and the disposal of the phone once we throw it away.
Is it a blessing or a curse? This is a tough question as the mobile phone has become a part of our daily lives and has helped many people out of tough situations. The presentation raised some eyebrows and doubts planted, some new facts were learnt but the consensus was that even though we now have this new information we cannot part with this piece of technology which has the potential to bring us together if used properly.
After another informative day we had the opportunity to visit a local night market, I am not really one for shopping so for me it was more about sight seeing and searching for a Samoosa haha these triangle snacks are the best (yes we do get them in South Africa). We unfortunately did not find any but I tasted some popcorn I think and a very sweet coconut delicacy….maybe the trip was more of a foodie experience than sight-seeing.
What a day and to think the programme started out with saying Rest hahaha.