trip to India. We are in the process of publishing them into a hardbound book, so I'm just picking some of my personal favorites to show you. (I'd have Adrain guide you through these, but as you can imagine, after missing two full weeks of work, he's a little bogged down right now. Since that's the case, I'm going to include some random quotes from his emails while he was there.) Adrain traveled to Pune, and Indore, India. He taught a discipleship training class, and preached in an Indian church, as well as volunteered at several orphanages, visited a couple of leper colonies, and encouraged those who are living/working in the red light district. He also played cricket with some children, and got to participate in a baby dedication.
homeless camps. I'm going to say this a million times, give or take, but aren't these faces incredibly precious? Adrain wrote, "We went from one orphanage to a boys home for children of lepers. There are about 60 of them, and I got to play cricket for the first time. I'm pretty good. I hit one over their building. I felt bad because I lost that ball, and the other day when playing with the children of prostitutes, I tossed a ball onto a roof top. Both times there were spares, but still...The kids were amazed by the hit. Lots of chatter about the great American cricket player. That might be a slight over exaggeration."
quietness of it. Though from the sounds of it, the roads were anything but quiet. Adrain said they called the taxis, "Heaven-mobiles" because every time they got in one, they figured they were on their way to heaven, in a hurry.
precious little face gets me. I love the angle Adrain shot it from too. Like he was just looking down at one of his own babies. Precious. Did I say that yet? Because I think it's precious. Adrain wrote, "Another amazing day. Yesterday, we were able to tour what is known as the Orissa camp. It's about 3 acres that's being used to build facilities for orphans and families taken from their home in Orissa due to persecution. There are 125 boys and 50 girls. The project is due to be completed in about 2 months. As we were touring the facilities, they told us about their vision to buy two acres behind the property and build a school for the orphans and the surrounding village. The problem was, that the landowner didn't want to sell and was asking too high of a price. I just felt we needed to pray about it right then and there. We did, and today, out of nowhere, the landowner called to make a deal on the property and sold it to the group. God is awesome."
all alone in this long hallway feels like I'm somehow intruding on a quiet moment. (Or rather, Adrain was intruding. I'm just observing.) I think Adrain really enjoyed his time there. He has such a special place in his heart for all children, but especially those with disabilities.
Bright colors are everywhere. I love the rooster in the back!
assembly at the school for hearing-impaired children. Notice how the boys are on one side, and the girls are on the other.
brightest blue eyes I have ever seen. I told Adrain these were "National Geographic Blue."
children from the school for the hearing-impaired.
one bright red chair in this courtyard. It's sweet and sad, all in one, to me. Adrain doesn't understand why I love this one, but I think it's the Mama in me. Little girls are little girls, no matter where they are...
look right into his soul. Precious, I tell you!
heavy loads of bricks all over the place. There were women older than our parents hauling loads of bricks up and down stairs.
180 orphans to the zoo. The Zoo! Can you imagine? Two children overwhelm me! I can't imagine 180. (And they didn't even lose one.)
Indian wedding down the block. I had my first good night's sleep last night, and got a full 6 hours. I hate the caste system but am amazed by the courageous testimonies I am hearing." He shot this photo from his hotel window, late that night. Look at the amazing bright colors! I would have done just about anything to be there. I'd have tried to make Adrain sneak in with me... only I'd have been the white girl with blue eyes, so my sneaking might have been quickly discovered. But wouldn't this just have been a blast?
Samaritan's Purse. The idea is, that you purchase small items, tuck them into a shoebox, and the group Samaritan's Purse delivers them all over the world to children. Adrain said he'd never seen anything quite like it. These children literally have nothing, and some of them have never received presents before. This little girl just captured my heart completely, as she hugs a little stuffed monkey to her heart.
joy and spunk in the little face of her daughter.
Leper colony. Adrain was overwhelmed with compassion for these precious people who are considered outcasts. He wrote,"What an amazing time at the leper colonies. It was incredible praying over them for healing. Wait till you see the pictures. One of my favorite shots, is of me shaking a man's "hand." It was more of a stump. He actually brought both stumps to my hand. He was so thrilled someone would be willing to touch him. My other favorite is when a young man came to me and pointed toward a building and said "Foto", so I followed him into one of the dwellings. There was the sweetest, saddest looking lady you have ever seen. She did not come to welcome us or see us during the group gathering. It was his mother. I shook her hand, but she wouldn't look up. She was so lost in her shame. But then, I knelt on the floor in front of her, and grabbed both of her hands in mine. I told her how beautiful she is and how Jesus loves her. Then I asked to take another picture and she let me. Even though she is not smiling in the picture, she was when I showed it to her."
Adrain took amazing photos, because his compassion leads him. Even in our own country. He is always the first to stop and offer help to people with flat tires or emergencies. And he will hate that I shared this, but he never fails to purchase a burger for a homeless person, and often takes a minute to ask their name and hear their story. I have never met another person who has every ounce of my respect, more than my husband. He lives each moment of his life with the purpose of being intentional. He inspires me to be unafraid in my faith. I feel blessed to know him, and I get to be his wife besides all that.
I'm so glad you got to see a peek into what he did on his trip.