Friday, August 29, 2008

A New Life

Thank you so much for all your prayers and thoughts! I have been feeling much better these past two days. I was finally able to eat until I was full today! Yesterday we had water buffalo for lunch and that was interesting, but better than I expected.
The people of India are amazing. They are so humble and accepting. We are waited on hand and foot here. Everyone wants to stop and greet us in the streets and there is a wonderful seminary student who is "assigned" to our needs. Her name is Mercy and she is such good company. She cleans our plates, takes out our trash, and today she even offered to hold an umbrella over my head! I love getting to know her but I hope she doesn't do this forever because I feel like I am being a burden on her! We are also allowed to have tea time with the faculty members. We sleep in the guy's dorm because they wanted us to have our own room and not have to share with each other. We are the only girls allowed to be at the dorm! They also cook us special meals. I hope that we are not a burden on them, but I also know that this how they show their appreciation, so I don't want to be rude.
I have learned that the lights go out every night at 7:30 and remain off for an hour. It also lightenings at night but it doesn't rain or thunder. Today it was ridiculously hot. It was 90 degrees in just my room.
Kim and I have been asked to teach 8 Beginning English classes a week to the seminary students. I am excited to be able to give back to them in this way. We also met with the children at the orphanage today and they are so sweet. They call us "Auntie" as a sign of respect. We will be with them everyday starting tomorrow.
I will try to write again soon. Thanks for everything back home.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

India

Well, we finally arrived earlier this morning in India. It was a long journey and a very long car ride after all the plane trips. I though DC drivers were crazy, but in fact the people here are much scarier! They use two lane roads as four lane roads with no order. Drivers honk whenever they come up on a curve and whenever they want to pass someone, which is generally on the wrong side of the road. The only time we slowed down was when there was a cow in the road!
To tell you the truth, it is rather depressing to be here. It is so much different than the US and the language barrier is pretty evident. Thank God, I haven't gotten a migraine yet (although I have taken a lot of tylenol to prevent one). However, I have already gotten sick from the food and travel. I haven't eaten in a while because it seems to be a fight to get it down my throat. It's also very hot during the middle of the day and the electricty frequently goes out at night. It is pitch black without any lights! It's a good think my mom bought me a flashlight. The time change is difficult to adjust to so far. Tomorrow, Dr. Chacko is taking Kim and I to meet the kids at the orphanage. So far we have only met and hung around the seminary students. We live in the same dorm as they do so it is interesting. The food is also a challenge because it's nothing that I would ever volunteer to eat in the US.
Please pray that God gives me strength and the desire to be here and do his work. Also, that my stomach adjusts to the food and timezone here! Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. I don't know what I'd do if I wasn't supported by my friends and family.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Grandpa


My mom and I found out that my grandfather died this morning. I am sad that he is gone and that I will be missing his funeral, but I know that he is in a much better place than the state he has been in for the past three years. He'll be watching over me today as I leave and the whole time I am in India, so I guess I better make him proud!


Sunday, August 24, 2008

The day before...

After much thought and discussion, Kim and I will be taking off tomorrow for India as planned. We were originally going to delay the flight because my grandfather is dying. I would love to be able to go to the funeral, but my grandpa is holding on. I think that he would really like me to go ahead and go. He would be proud of me and would want me to go.

Anyway, we won't arrive in India until Wednesday and I'm not sure when I will be able to get on the computer. Hopefully it won't take long to settle in and get accustomed to the time change.

Thanks for reading and all the thoughts and prayers! Until next time...

Monday, August 11, 2008

It's official! The tickets have finally been purchased for our flight to India. Kim and I will be leaving on August 25th from Dulles Airport at 6:53pm. We will fly to Frankfurt, Germany and then on to Mumbai, India and then we will take a short flight to Kochi, India. We will arrive in Kochi at 7:35am on August 27th. I believe that this includes the time changes. The area we will be in is 9 1/2 hours ahead of Eastern Standard time in the USA. I am still getting ready to leave. There are a lot of little things to buy, such as stomach medicines, head scarves, and convertors. I am really excited about leaving, but at the same time I need a lot of prayer concerning my migraines. They are spiritually and physically difficult to deal with. I am most worried that my migraines will get in the way of accomplishing God's will.