These CV Palem boys welcomed Sean back to India.
The girls of Ponduru
A new father at Ponduru
Do these kids look like orphans or abandoned children?
The boys of CV Palem check out some pictures of Jaya,
the subject of so many of their recent prayers.
A whirlwind of preparation in a very short time frame, saying good-bye for the longest amount of time so far in our marriage, a long flight followed by a long, bumpy drive, I wake up and it’s a Monday morning in Ongole.
Less than one week after deciding this was a good and useful journey to make (and a number of helpful financial supporters generously agreeing with us), I am back where Paige and I spent two years laying a foundation for a program that continues to seem one or two steps ahead of us…
The thrill of being here, the intensity of the immediate and urgent, “seize the day” mentality of this kind of trip is tempered by the growing feeling of being torn between two places that my heart is fond of. Just three days into my trip, I miss home, or rather the people at home, but am also so glad to be here for this week of critical importance.
A glimpse into the opportunities:
· 70 pastors to train – some who have been with us for four years, some four months…
· 8 staff members to remind who we are and that their work is not in vain…
· 31 student leaders who are growing up so quickly and need some building into before the rest of their lives…
· 8 village homes to visit – just so good to reacquaint with these kids
But Paige and Jaya are the ongoing primary topic of conversation. Everyone here knows what we have been through and their concern, prayers and continual curiosity about our well-being is so moving.
I keep promising them, “January.” January 15th is when we return to India, and when both of my commitments are, once again, all in the same place.