Monday, April 27, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Home Again

I made it home safely on Monday night. The flight was long and I'm just starting to get used to being back in the US. Leaving the kids was definitely the hardest thing I've ever had to do. We were all crying and the kids had their hands on the windows of the van as it was pulling away. I've really been missing them these past few days. I am now applying for jobs and hoping to get something soon so I can get back into a daily routine. I'll be posting some more pictures of the last few weeks within the next couple of days. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Bible School 1st Week

Here's some pictures of the first week of Bible school. Also I'll be home the evening of April 13.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

We've just finished the first week of the mini-Bible school. The kids seem to really enjoy the Bible stories, crafts, activities, games, etc. We have two more weeks of Bible school. My dad and mom left for Cochin today and will fly out early Sunday morning. They should be back in Woodbridge by around 6:00pm Sunday.

I also have very little internet access so I will not be able to post any pictures until I get back in the USA, which will be 13 April. Keep us in your prayers and for safe travels for the workers and the children. Can't wait to get back home and out of this heat!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pictures of our touring adventures...

The Taj Mahal

Raj Ghat - The site of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation.

Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India (women have to be covered)
My mom's first elephant ride!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Becoming a Tourist!

Well, the train ride wasn't too bad though I got really sick of being in a cramped compartment with 5 other people for a day and a half! My parents got here early Sunday morning and slept a few hours and then we went out to start our touring. They actually did a lot better with the jat-lag than I expected them to. After we toured Delhi, we drove to Agra and we've been staying at a really nice 5-star hotel as part of our tour package. Since I haven't even had a shower head in my bathroom for the past few weeks, I feel a little out of place here! But I can't say I haven't been enjoying the luxary.

We saw the Taj Mahal and the famous Agra Fort this morning. The Taj Mahal was really pretty, though the inside was different than I expected it to be. My favorite part was hearing the story behind it. Tomorrow we head for Jaipur and we leave for the South on Friday. If I get access to the internet, I'll try updating later this week!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Slowly, but surely

I got back from Kovalam beach Friday night. It was so much fun and I took a lot of pictures. I spent most of my time on the beach, so I am now peeling from the sunburn I got…but I also managed to make time to eat at some really great Indian restaurants, climb the lighthouse at the beach, and of course shop for souvenirs. It was really nice to have a break and not have to think about all the things I have to get done before the mini-Bible school starts at the Children’s Home. Riding the train wasn’t as difficult as I expected, though it is pretty cramped onboard and it doesn’t wait at the station long so it’s easy to miss your train if you’re not paying attention. That also makes it difficult to get onboard because everyone is shoving each other into the doorway.

I moved to the Children’s Home on Saturday morning. I’m staying in a small guest room on the top floor (the girl’s floor). It’s not too bad, but there is no shower head, so I’ve had to learn to use the bucket like a normal Indian person. The kids are also really noisy so I haven’t been getting much sleep. It doesn’t help that they have a prayer meeting at 5:30am every morning, so they ring the bell to wake everyone up at 5am. But being at the Children’s Home is a lot more fun than being at the seminary all alone! Plus, I get to spend more time with the kids and they’re pretty happy about that.

I leave on Thursday to take a 2 day train ride to Delhi, where I’ll meet my parents when they fly in on Sunday morning. I should arrive around noon on Saturday. After my parents arrive (and hopefully get over their jet-lag) we’ll be touring Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. I’m really excited about getting to see another part of India. We’ll fly back here on March 20th and then the mini-Bible school will start on the 23rd. The kids have all been talking about it so I know they’ll have a great time. So that leaves me with 3 days to get everything done! I probably won’t be able to update within the next few days, but I am taking my computer to Delhi. I am hoping to find an internet connection somewhere and if I do, I’ll be able to update when I’m there!