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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

CCH Leaders

It’s a milestone for our program to even put “CCH” and “Leaders” in the same title. 

Our hope for these children (and one of our favorite taglines) is that we want our children “not just to survive, but thrive.” 

Part of the vision for them to thrive is for their education and discipleship to cultivate a sense of purpose and leadership into their lives for the transformation of this entire region. 

The first step in our building in leadership experiences for these children was last week when 25 of our older children (12 – 14 years old) stepped up to be the counselors and teachers of our October holidays camp experience for the 200 newest children.

Now that we have identified 25 of our current children as leaders, we can begin to do training, programs, recognize and grow individual gifts and continue to creatively provide opportunities for leadership experiences for the future of these kids, and this whole region.

To get a glimpse of what the future holds was truly rewarding for the two of us.

So give it up for the CCH Leaders, now and in the future!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Top 10 Things You Missed When We Stopped Blogging About India


1) Paige and friends
2) Foreign teams help us a ton - here building a much-needed fence around one of our children's homes. 
3) Paige with Hosanna who is admirably battling leukemia
4) The opening of another home
5) Our "Fruit of the Spirit" camp banner, the same theme used for next week's camp for all of our newest children.

It’s been a few months since we last took a ride on the Rickshaw Writer, but our children didn’t stop growing and Covenant Children’s Homes didn’t stop progressing while we were away.   

Now we’re back in Ongole and back and updating you.

Top 10 lists are just so cheap, so easy, a writing copout, but also so effective.  Thanks for indulging us:

10.  Never thought we’d see the day we would make a “spontaneous” trip across the world, but we did in September.  A “business” trip, we covered seven states and close to twenty thousand total miles by air and car to meet with hundreds of people to raise awareness for our newly-opened children homes.  400 children and growing!

9.  Some of you know of one of our CCH kids, Hosanna, who was diagnosed with Dengue Fever, but who was more recently diagnosed with leukemia.  Please pray and believe with us for Hosanna’s full healing as he undergoes treatment.

8.  We now have 30 of our 40 homes sponsored with food and school fees!  This is 10 more than we had three months ago - we're so grateful to our sponsors...

7.  Our trip home provided one-time gifts that cover our upcoming October holiday camp for the newest homes and school uniforms, shoes and backpacks for all 200 of our newest children!

6.  We spent one very needed month in Thailand resting before our trip to the States.  We do love Thailand so.

5.  Paige has so many talents – one we have only recently realized is website-customizing.  Check out our new site:  www.cch-india.com

4.  Our Indian staff grew from three to six!  A big step as we continue to prepare this program to function without us. 

3.  Southern India “cooled off” to a crisp 92 degrees during the day…

2.  Two of our CCH kids were accepted into a prestigious government college preparatory school.  This is the first sign that our academic focus is working!

1)  As our two-year commitment to India comes to a sudden conclusion early next year,     things will be changin’ – you don’t know the half of it.  

Stay tuned to the Rickshawwriter!