Welcome to India

This blog is intended to make a country that most Westerners find to be otherworldly not so much so. We enjoy sharing our experiences, noting our observations, highlighting our impressions and otherwise recounting our adventures in India while helping our blogwatchers to be vicariously closer to this grand country. Welcome to India.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving in India

Yeah, we weren't sure either what Thanksgiving in rural India would be like.

Turkeys? Football? Cranberry Sauce? Cold weather? Try Chicken, Cricket, Tikka Masala and 90 degrees, but we were determined to give it a try anyways.

When did your planning for the Thanksgiving meal happen? Our's started in mid-September when we asked Mom to start including some Fall decorations and kitchen items in our monthly care-package. Then in October we made one of our monthly runs to Hyderabad for supplies, pizza and most things Western and picked up a few more Thanksgiving preparations. And the new French Bakery across town here in Ongole (a delight-filled shock to our system upon returning from Thailand this summer) came through with fresh baked rolls and pies to finish off our "Made in the USA" last-Thursday-in-November meal.

Come the holiday, all our various pre-procured items and supplies added up to quite an Indian rendition of a Thanksgiving meal:

Corn? Check.

Green Beans? Check.

Salad? Check.

Scrumptious, fresh and warm rolls buttered once and then again? Check.

Mashed potatoes as good as any Mom's? Check.

Gravy? Yeah, I said "gravy!" Oh, we had the gravy - and it was sublime.

Turkey? Um, well, with a little marinating, baking, imagination and low expectations, our Chi-Turkey was delicious.

Pumpkin and Apple Pie to conclude our temporary visit to America's heartland? Check.

Fellow Americans with whom to share the holiday? Check. (Erin and Cassie, you were ideal guests!)

Cowboys and Lions on TV as the tryptophan sets in? Hmmm - No TV. No couch. No football - other than that, perfect...

If you can do Thanksgiving in rural India, you can do it anywhere. And if we can't do it at home, we're happy to partake from afar, and enjoy so many of your pictures on Facebook.

Happy belated Thanksgiving, America!

You were and are missed.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

...to be a Covenant Children's Homes kid!

Here's your chance to give a truly meaningful gift in the coming holiday season either from you or on behalf of a loved one.

We've got a big vision for our 200 kids for Christmas. This big vision is gonna entail about $3,000 in donations to cover all 20 homes and 200 children, child-by-child and home-by-home, a way to finish the year strong for our many financial partners and supporters who have taken such good care of these kids all year long.

Our vision is to do something for each child and also for the home parents. When we inquired among the children and various Indian staff members as to what would be a really special and useful gift, we came to the following conclusions:

For the boys, a set of jeans/collared shirt and for the girls, this beautiful and traditional dress. During our uniform-purchasing back in June, we found that the clothes bring such a sense of dignity to the children that it's difficult to find anything else that would match it as a Christmas gift.

For the home parents, when you're making three meals-per-day for usually 12 - 15 people, a few appliances can be helpful. In our case, an electric mixer for each home parent was decided as the best way to go. A simple mixer, but every day will be so much easier for these mothers.

These gifts will be given at a special Christmas Second Saturday celebration on December 10th.

Here's where you come in:

Jeans/Dress for one child: $15
Jeans/Dress for a home of children: $150
Mixer for home parents: $60

One special CCH Christmas Package (that, we promise, will be the most valued gift you give this Christmas): $210

US-tax-deductible donations:

Checks made out to “India Christian Ministries”
PO Box 3925
Dana Point, CA 92629 USA
(please write CCH Christmas in the memo or include special instructions on an attached note)


Follow this link to our Covenant Children's Homes Blog and our PayPal donation button for ease of contribution through credit/debit card:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Why Are We Here, You Ask?

Check out the latest and greatest description of our vision and role here in India. This year's partnership communication is 21st century style - YouTube, Facebook and blogging! Turn up the sound to hear a familiar tune (and to hear our voice-over).

Thank you for your generous support of us and/or these children.

-Sean & Paige