Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day 9

Today we kicked off VBS! We went to the HOL in the morning to finish painting (and for me to sort a week of footage) In the afternoon we started day one of VBS. It started pouring almost as soon as we started so our plans quickly changed. We started with some songs and making team flags. Afterwards, we had a skit prepared for them. It was about Elijah and being able to show that his God is greater than any other. The girls loved it and can’t wait for tomorrow. When we returned, we went to a restaurant that seemed just like a dessert restaurant, but also had amazing food. We gorged ourselves with chocolate cake and milkshakes first and then all ordered different dishes for dinner. I had penne, but it definitely had a spicy kick to it; It was really good. We headed back to the YWCA and worked on VBS preparation and blogging. Unfortunately the Internet was still not working, but we all have so many things to share with you that we hope it works soon! Please pray for VBS and the Documentary. There is a lot left to do for both of them and we only have 4 more days here in Chennai. Enjoy some of the pictures from today!

Day 8

Today we went to visit IJM (International Justice Mission) and different orphanage. It was really cool to see IJM and get to hear about what they are about and their efforts help fix corruption in different areas of the world. After IJM we went to an orphanage that is run in the city (Home of Love is not in the city). It was interesting to see the differences. Because it is in the city they don’t have the option to build out, only up. The limit of space means they have to be very strict with the scheduling to make sure that the space is utilized to its fullest extent. Even though these organizations are run differently and are serving different people, their main goal is the same, to help people and to show them the love of Christ. It is really cool to see how we can come together and work for Christ’s Kingdom, but have it look so different at the same time.

One of our leaders, Nirup, gave the devotional at IJM today. I’ve been praying about decisions that I’ve needed to make and I knew God was teaching me something through him. He said this, “always choose Kingdom influence over worldly success”, and “because Christ is extraordinary, we can be ordinary”. These were things I totally needed to hear and really were an answered prayer.

Later, before dinner we went to the market to shop and take some pictures. It was really a different experience than shopping before. This place was CROWDED and I did not like it at all. But I found awesome shoes and they were only about $8.

Enjoy the pictures!

Day 7

I’m sorry for taking so long to blog! The Internet is not very stable here so it is always a challenge to get online. This post is for this past Monday. We had a lot of fun on Monday. Varun’s dad is part of the coast guard so he got us a yacht for part of the day and we just relaxed for a few hours. I was a little nervous going, just because in the past I’ve gotten motion sick, but had no problems at all. After hanging out for a few hours we headed to Home of Love to see the girls for the first time in a couple of days. They were so excited to see us and we had a blast hanging out with them for a couple of hours. We have been doing a lot of fun things the last few days and it has been great. We are starting VBS this week though, so please pray that the girls respond well and that they are impacted through the things we have planned for them. Enjoy the pictures!

Megan under some cool green lights.

"Donna" (Above)