Khasi Hills Update: Thousands Attend Unitarian Youth Conference

by Roger Corn

This year our Partner Church in Smit hosted the annual gathering of Unitarian Youth from throughout the Khasi Hills. They sent this letter of loving gratitude for the help East Shore extended. Marvel at their success in attracting community volunteers and feeding multitudes!

“Dear friends: We hope that all of you are doing well. We are all doing well here now. Hope to see some of you very soon in our land, home and hearts.

We are writing this letter to convey our sincere and deepest gratitude to all of you for supporting us at the youth conference we just held last month [April 2018]. Thank you for sharing your love and your resources with us. It has been a great help to the church with the money you gave us. We spent the Rs. 35,000/- you gave us recently for making the stage for the service and the choir. That was such a big help for us. We pay expert for that. We also use the money you send us the previous year for buying food. We spend altogether Rs. 2,37,288/- for the conference, so your generosity is a great help to us.

We pack 5000 lunch boxes (rise, patoto and meat) which we gave after the 1.30 service. After the 10.30 service we serve people tea with biscuits. We have 80 women helping pack the lunches and 60 boys helping with the tea and taking the lunch box to the field. After the 7.00 p.m service no more food only dancing and singing till 11.30 p.m. Then many left and few stay back at church. Everything went on well and we are very happy. Kindly share the happiness for your are part of building to make it happen.

Our community co-operation was very good. Leaders come to help us without being asked to do so. The Kharang church help us in many ways and it was so kind of them.

Once again please accept our Khublei which comes from our hearts to all of you our dear friends. Our friendship has broaden our lives in many ways.”

If you’d like to learn more about how our amazing partners in India do it, review the fine homily John Chmaj gave at our April 8 worship service (which ends with a summary by the late Rev. Leon Hopper).