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.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Indian Summer - There, But By the Grace of God, Go We

May is India’s summer – so I guess it’s encouraging that it won’t get any worse.

Never did I ever think I would or could live in this.  

Ongole is remote enough that the closest city on the Yahoo weather chart is Guntur, two hours north of us.  The “feels like” temperature reached 123 degrees today (for you international Celsius lovers, that’s 49)!

Count 'em: 1-2-3.

I’m the hottest person I know (bodily temperature speaking, of course) and I live in the hottest place of anyone I know.  How did this happen?

I’ve lived places others wouldn’t dream of because of the cold and, well, I couldn’t have been happier:
  • Seattle?  Cool and comfortable, never cold and shamelessly treasured every rainy day.
  • Sweden?  Right at home, even in the longitudinal equivalent of middle Canada.
The strange thing is that, even despite today’s previously incomprehensible temps, I’m not ready to give up.  Not about to abandon our post.  Not even considering getting on the next plane back to, for instance, my beloved Sweden where the 72 degrees today is cause for an outdoor frenzy and sun-splashed celebrations of summer's impending arrival.  I should be fed up, sick and tired of sweating, finished with wiping my brow and dripping on the keyboard like this... 

"There, but by the grace of God, go we."  

Whenever people who know me sympathetically inquire about how I’m holding up with the temperatures here which reach the mid-90s in the December/January "winter" months, I just shake my head and reply, “I’m not getting on the next plane exasperated, but you'd think I would." 

Sean surviving 123-degree temperatures:  Proof that there is a God, and He is good…

There, but by the grace of God, go we.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Redeeming Childhood, One Camp at a Time

What is fairly normal for me and you - summer camp full of fun, activities, friends, learning, growing and making wonderful childhood memories - is new and unique for not just these children, but everyone around here, young and old.  Things like painting, photography, badminton and voice lessons are all areas that there are no classes on, the kids do not get in school and are considered extras to be explored as hobbies in comparison with the demands of the strict academic work.  Camp for these kids is so life-giving and life-growing.

It was said best by a friend of ours who came to help and support us for camp IN PERSON:

"Having personally experienced the first session of camp, I cannot tell you how MUCH this impacted, and brought so much joy and happiness to the children who participated! Itis worth every penny spent to see the smiles, the happiness, the sheer excitement and awe from these children who will experience painting a picture for the first time, holding a camera and snapping a photo of their friend for the first time, and meeting new friends while hearing the word of God. Please donate to help send another child to camp!!! " - Holly Wilkerson Bowser

We're still in need of sponsors for our next camp session which begins on Monday.  $55/child or $550 for a full home. Thanks for all your support and help!

Donation Link:  http://covenantchildrenshomesindia.blogspot.in/
(Pay Pal button on the right-hand side)