The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India.
July 27 –
While the other team plus Mike traveled to Changlepettu to visit the leper colony, Theresa and I stayed back. We went to the office first to a few things for Isaac. At lunch we headed back to the house. We organized what we needed for the afternoon photo shoot with the girls – we laid out all of the new dresses and hair bows. Since the girls we napping, we also spent some time decorating the new backpacks we brought the girls.
Once they woke up, Vanija sent them upstairs to us two at a time. We let them pick out a new dress, put a new bow or flower in their hair, and then took their pictures. The girls were so cute; they loved picking out their new dress. Plus, we have many more dresses, so Vanija can pass out the rest as needed.
They all glowed… but Meethu just beamed. She had the biggest grin on her face all afternoon. She kept looking at me with this smile that melted my heart. She loved her pink dress she picked out!
They were all so precious. None of them wanted to take their dresses off when we were done.
Pushpa was drawn right to the blue dress that she picked out. She knew immediately that it is the dress she wanted.
It was so much fun to treat the girls like little princesses for the afternoon. The day reminded me of Psalm 45:11 which says:
The king is enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord.
They kept thanking us for their new dresses and hair bows. And thank you to the people who donated all of the beautiful dresses for the girls!
When we were done, we went upstairs to rest for a bit before dinner. When we went back downstairs, we found all of the girls outside, lined up on the wall, watching the storms roll in. And since it started raining a few minutes later, Rohan was nice enough to drive over to the Home to pick us up. We had a quiet dinner, just Rohan, Isaac, Theresa, and I since the others will still traveling back from their day in Changlepettu.