The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India.
July 28 –
It is Saturday and we are taking the girls to the beach! We loaded up early, and I road with the girls on the bus. We were headed to Scripture Union Camp where they have a pool and beach access, which is an hour or two south of the city… I lost track of time because we were having so much fun on the bus. They were SOOOO excited to be on our way! I think Karunya bounced in her seat most of the way there.
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.