These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India:
Today we went to the office with Isaac and we were introduced to his staff. Besides running the orphanage, Isaac and Tara run Freedom in Christ, India, as well as Sitara Music which is the largest distributor of Christian music in India. After we were all introduced, we sang a few worship songs together, then Travis shared what was on his heart from 1 Kings 18. He posed the questions: What gets us excited? What makes us jump up and outrun a chariot?
For lunch Isaac took us to Don PePe’s… yep, Mexican. So now I have had Chinese food in Mexico and Mexican food in India. It was good, but a bit spicy.
We spent some time in a brainstorming session with Isaac after lunch when I heard the girls arrive outside. I headed out and got attacked with hugs – they almost knocked me to the ground! 🙂 I was playing with them when the new bus arrived. It is a 24-seater, so they will have room to grow into it yet. The girls were so excited! We had a ribbon cutting ceremony and we prayed over the bus. Then a few of us got on the bus with the girls and we went for a ride around the block. The bus will be registered in a few days and then they will be able to use it to go to school, instead of being packed too tightly into that little van.
To give you an idea of how badly they needed the bus, here are some before and after shots:
I hung out with the girls until it was time for them to head home – they had homework to do.
Isaac told us that night that we would be going to the slums the next day. Tara also told me that the girls would not be in school the tomorrow, because it was a holiday. So I need to spend some time praying about what Jesus would have me do – I want to spend time with the little ones, but I also don’t want to miss out on anything he wants me to do. Isaac also told us that we’ve all be invited to a wedding tomorrow night. Sounds like tomorrow is going to be a busy day!
Jesus, help me not to miss anything. Help me to pay attention to what you want me to see and experience and do.