i made it back alive from my first trip to india, and i’ve caught the bug. (and not just the kind that puts you on a bland diet) the bug that makes you heart yearn for more. more of the chaos, more of the smells, more of the crazy driving, more of the beautiful faces that fill the country.
when we landed in kolkata and met with our contacts, i was put in the front seat of the car. as i climbed in i heard a whisper of “we’re going to really initiate him into the city”. i braced myself for the worst. but as we drove towards our hotel, the streets were empty. a very rare occurrence. i could see the disappointment in don as he gave us a little tour as we drove on.
i was awoken by the busy streets and honking of the cars. india had finally woken herself up for me. but amid all the chaos that was going on in the streets and alleys and sidewalk shops, i felt a peace. i felt at home and knew that this was where i was supposed to be.
finally being able to meet and see all the faces and hearts of each and every one of the kids was almost too much to handle. (though i’m not sure if they fully comprehend the fact that alex and myself will be there in august for two years) the kids have the biggest smiles and hugest of hearts, you almost forget that they have such a scared past. what the home has done is just amazing. they have truly loved and cared for the orphans, the marginalized, and broken.
it was hard to leave. i was even bribed by one the boys to give him my passport and plane ticket so he could go to the states. i was tempted to take him on his offer although alex would not have been the happiest of wives with that choice.
i’m still trying to fully decompress from the whole trip and fully comprehend the chaos that i experienced. i think i was partially blinded with awe and wanderlust of what i was embarking on and how short of a time period remained before we really moved here. like really, really move across the planet to a completely new country. a new culture. and even a time travel to the past.
i’m glad i have this experience now, however short it was. i have a glimpse of what our lives will be. where we will be. all while still seeing that the God i serve here in the US is the same in India. still as big, still as loving, still as caring.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneselfunstained from the world.” – James 1:27 ESV