Stortrum is a greeting used by many Christians in Kerala. It roughly translates as "Hallelujah". It is one of the few Malayalam words that I know.
Another word that I have picked up is "praktika" which means "prayer". Not a very useful word, you might think. But if you do think that, you would be wrong: prayer is an integral part of daily life here in India, far more than in the UK. I have prayed for more people in the last four days here than in the whole of last year in the UK. Everyone wants prayer - Christian, Hindu, Muslim or any of the other religions all appreciate it, and indeed ask for it. In church, in houses, in the restaurant, on the street, whereever we happen to be. India is a great place to be.
We have just had a great visit to Thanal house, our home for destitute women. They have completely transformed their dining area - it is now a bright and airy hall with a nice tiled floor that should be easy to keep clean. Outside was a great pile of tiles for the rest area - the next project, just waiting for the funds for cement and glue to fix the tiles. Originally the money for the tiles was given to Salini to start building a home for her and her family; but they asked the donor if they could buy tiles for the women they look after instead. We were impressed.