The Big City

I made it into Chennai a few days ago. It feels a world away from Tiruvannamalai. The population went from 200,000 to over 6 million. Chennai is India’s fourth largest city and it feels very much like a city whether day or night.

I arrived at Gurukul Seminary just in time to take part in their Alumni Workshop titled: Health Stigma and Discrimination: Christian Mission with People Living with HIV and AIDS. I was very impressed by the theologians that presented and even more impressed by the group of children from a place called SHELTER here in Chennai. It’s a home for kids living with HIV/AIDS. A woman whom I understood to be a house mother who was also infected with HIV,and one of the older kids spoke of their experience. Being infected with HIV by her husband, watching a parent die, feeling the intentional rejection by their communities and their schools, wanting desperately to just be a part of community …

Gurukul Seminary is somewhere in the middle and slightly north part of Chennai. It’s a campus full of trees and surrounded by high-rise buildings. It makes for a relatively quiet campus which is close to some shopping and looming in every direction … the city,

The surrounding high-rises have added to the flooding problem though … when it rains, which it is right now, the rain stays past its welcome. Check out the campus chapel.

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  1. We are Judy Studer’s friends, We are from Chennai. Where in Chennai are you located. If you need any help in Chennai, please do reply back, so we could send you a phone number to contact in Chennai.

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