Monsoon season has begun in Chennai, India. Today was the first day in five that it didn’t rain.
Chennai has two monsoon seasons – one in the winter and one in the spring. This monsoon season is just getting started. In October, they get an average of 10 inches of rain, and in November, they get an average of 16 inches of rain each year.
So to stay dry, the girls of STEPS are gearing up for this rainy season. (more…)
The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India.
July 23 & 24 –
All of the generous donations that I got to pack to take to the girls. That’s a lot of stuff!
Our journey officially started on Monday, July 23, where Theresa and I left from Knoxville at 6pm. But really, the trip was put into motion on Wednesday night at church. That night at The Well, Theresa and I went prepared to share a little about our up-coming trip and be prayed for. So when I walked into the room in my sari and an Indian couple and their American friends walked in right behind me, I was a little surprised. In talking, I found out that the couple (Ashok and Sheila) were from Chennai, in Anna Nagar (the neighborhood where the office is), and know the Manogaroms! Small world! So when they return to India, they have invited us to have a meal with them before we leave to go back home. (more…)
Yes, you read it right – I am going back to India! I am very excited about returning to STEPS Home and the city of Chennai. I definitely left a piece of my heart there in December. Below you will find all of the details of my trip as well as how you can help! I am also building a small team to take over with me. If you know anyone who is interested in a summer mission trip to an orphanage, let me know, send them my way, or send them this link. (more…)
These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India:
Sitting in the airport, I began to get butterflies in my stomach. Not from being nervous – I think it was pure excitement! Now that I got on the plane, they’re gone. I shot a quick email off to the Tolars about the potential problem getting my boarding pass once I reach Chicago. The ticket lady couldn’t check me in on the rest of my flights, only the first leg, for some reason. But I have my prayer team alerted, so I am not worried.
The wait at O’Hare was long, but eventually I found the team from Kansas. It was nice to have some company in the airport. Sadly, I didn’t get to sit by any of them on the flight to Germany though. But I did get to sit by a nice Christian man.
On the flight, I attempted to sleep, but it did not happen. I spent time instead praying on the armor of God and asking Him to surround me with His angels. I knew I needed the extra protection since I was getting tired – I could feel myself getting cranky on the plane and that is a sure sign of exhaustion.