Hello from India!

Hello from India!

Hey guys! I finally got to some internet, and had a chance to write. I know our schedule now, and it turns out that the posts I have scheduled line up well with our actual schedule of what we will be doing when, so I’ll leave them as is!

We’ve been having a great time. It has been so good to see the kids at New Life. When I was here 2 1/2 years ago, New Life was just a dream, and now it is very much a reality.

I thought I’d share a few funny things since we’ve been here. I love that laughter is universal. Yesterday I was talking (I use that term loosely, they don’t really speak English, and I definitely don’t speak Telagu) with some of the kitchen staff. One man came up and introduced himself to me, and then said something about one of the women, she proceeded to laugh and giggle and slap him on the shoulder. It was obvious that he was teasing her. I had to laugh even though I had no idea what was actually being said.

We were also able to dedicate the new dining hall and kitchen at New Life. Dr. Premdas joked with us, that whoever went into the kitchen first had to do the cooking. Teresa and I were the first in, and we dropped some chicken into the pot!

Another funny story has to do with a the little boy that I sponsor. One of the things I wanted to do while I was here, was meet him. His name is Raju, and in trying to remember everything else, I did not think to bring his picture or information. I know his name is Raju, his last name is unpronounceable to me, so I couldn’t remember it. Upon getting here, I asked about him. Turns out Raju is a very common name. I was told there were at least 5. Neelimah, responded with I’ll go get all of the Raju’s – I didn’t realize she was serious, but sure enough she was. There are 11 boys named Raju at New Life, and they all showed up to meet me a few minutes later. Here is a picture of me with all of them. The little boy flashing the “I love you” sign that I’m standing by is my Raju!

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He was so excited to show me around, and introduce me to his world. He attached himself to me for the rest of the day, and gave me the tightest hug when I told him goodnight. I’m looking forward to spending more time with him, and learning his story.

Thanks so much for all of your prayers and support! It’s been a good trip so far. Right now Teresa is teaching them about HIV/AIDS both about prevention and care.

This morning we walked through the leper colony, that is right by the boys campus at Light of Love. They have such amazing joy. They wanted us to pray for them, but they have so much more faith than we do.

We played Cricket with the boys this morning, however I guess I should be honest, I was the designated photographer.

Ok, I need to go now… We are getting ready to do some food distribution to the AIDS women, and the lepers.