The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India.
July 30 –
We got to sleep in a little this morning, then headed to the office. Isaac asked Mike to share a little of his story with the staff. Then we planned out everything that needed to be accomplished during the week. Theresa & I got to work on some letters, and Mike went off with Ben and Rohan.
Around lunchtime, Rohan came back to the office with a surprise… Sitara’s birthday present from her parents. A very adorable, rollie-pollie Golden Retriever puppy!
Could he be any cuter?? I don’t think so. He is typical puppy – chewing on everything, making a toy out of anything he could reach. But then when he wasn’t playing, he was out cold.
When the girls showed up at the office after school, they were so excited to meet the puppy (who was later named Buster). In their excitement, they almost mauled him, but we were able to rescue him and began teaching them how to be gentle with a puppy. Tarun and Sitara came by after school too, and were thrilled to meet this new little guy.
Later in the afternoon we headed back to the house where Mike and Theresa got a plan together on how they wanted to do the emotional assessments of the girls. Isaac had asked them to spend time with each of the girls one-on-one and just ask some questions. The questions were also left with Isaac, Tara, and the pediatrician, Dr. Nisha, so that they can use it to go more in-depth with them. I love that we get to have some very intentional time with the girls set aside each night.
After dinner, I had a chance to Skype back to the office. I was only able to find Mark in the office – apparently everyone else was dealing with minor catastrophes that had arisen that day. It was nice to catch up with what was going on back at the home base.
While I’ve been here in India, I’ve been reading through Romans… no particular reason why, just asked God where I should read, and I felt like Romans was the place to be. Today, a particular verse really jumped out at me. It was talking about Abraham’s faith.
Romans 4:20-22 – 20 No unbelief made him [Abraham] waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
Abraham believed God solely on His promises, he had no precedence to go from. The Bible had not begun to be written yet. Abraham had an amazing faith. And now we have all of these amazing promises of God that have been written down. There are so many of them that I am clinging to while I wait for God to fulfill them in my life.