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John & Jeff connect to let us know the latest of what’s happening on the ground in India.

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“Jesus lov us. Jesus maid us. Jesus cares us. Jesus died for us.”

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Back in Delhi, but part of our hearts in Manali…

WCSG in India

Yet another lesson in flexiblity this morning as our “quick” flight from Manali back to Delhi ended up as a five-hour wait in the small unairconditioned Kulu Airport terminal. At least this time we had a plane and could avoid the 18-hour bus ride through the windy cliffside roads!  Long story short, we’re back in Delhi after three busy days in Manali. Nestled into the beautiful Himalayan mountain range, Dar-Ul-Fazl (“House of Grace”) is home to 95 orphans. Attached to it is the Rainbow School, which teaches children from the orphanage, and the nearby village, from a Christian persective. It’s a rare spot of hope in an area where fewer than half of one percent profess to be Christian.

While a part of us hated to leave Manali, the advantage of our return to Delhi: some down time. We had a tasty lunch in the hotel restaurant and we’re resting comfortably in our air conditioned rooms (it’s 104 and humid outside). Tomorrow, we journey to Agra to see one of the wonders of the world: TajMahal

On Friday we head to a slum in Delhi for some VBS and time with the kids. We expect this to be a very eye-opening, and likely a sobering, experience. Please pray that God uses us to effectively show Christ’s unconditional love. Pray for God’s continued favor as we travel and for health too (so far so good, no “Delhi Belly” issues!)

Check back for more updates soon. You can also follow Linda and Anna’s blog HERE. Find updates from Orphan Outreach on their Facebook page.

And finally, here are my pictures from our trip so far. Thanks for your part in WCSG’s Mission to India with Orphan Outreach!

- John Balyo

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Worship at House of Grace

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Tuesday in India

“Break my heart for what breaks Yours.” That was the prayer of one of the teen orphans we visited yesterday, a prayer that resonated with our hearts for sure today. Before breakfast, most of our team hiked to the local Hindu temple. Of note were the many flags with prayers written on them so that as the flags fly the prayers will be carried on the wind to those being remembered.

Following breakfast, it was a half hour bus ride to meet up for a picnic with 45 kids from Rainbow Christian School, the school of choice for the Dar-ul-Fazi orphanage we’ve visited. To say our picnic setting was beautiful would be an understatement. Absolutely breath-taking! This was a rare treat for the kids, and rarer still was our trek with them up the mountain in the gondolas.

After seeing the kids off, we took an hour to shop in the downtown market of Manali and then it was back to the orphanage to hang and play with the kids. We were the guests of honor for a very special outdoor meal of stewed goat (mutton), rice, potatoes with sauteed hard-boiled eggs, and mangoes.

One of the hardest moments we faced came when it was time to say good-bye to the kids. Knowing that visitors are so few and far between only extended the time of our parting. So many hearts were melded together and sealed with hugs and tears, you’d have thought we had known these kids for years. We take comfort in knowing they are in godly care under true servants sent from Heaven, and we take the commitment of praying for them and telling God’s story of His transforming work in their lives.

As a closing note, please pray for Chetan, pronounced CHAY-tuhn (pictured). Just before dinner, Chris met Chetan, a non-practicing Buddhist who’s heard the Gospel but still has questions. Her heart was soft, open and receptive to hearing the Gospel during an intimate conversation over tea. Pray God will give her courage and understanding to receive His Son as the One and Only true Savior.

– Chris Lemke

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God’s Exchange Rate

It’s a week of summer break at the orphanage and so today the team took advantage of it by spending the entire day with the 80+ kids. The morning was full with Vacation Bible school planned by our team, complete with crafts and … line dancing? Sure. Why not? And for having never heard of it, the kids did just fine!

After lunch it was a tip of the hat to London as we hosted our own Olympic games with the kids. Sack relays and ping-pong balls carried in spoon relays, bean bag and water balloon tosses, frisbee throws and jumping rope all combined for two hours of fun, followed by a round of dodgeball mayhem where everyone gets hit (often) and no one is out. Who’d have thought that two dozen small beach balls could bring such a great time? A light rain didn’t dampen the festivities, but we did move them inside and helped the kids create their own sponsor cards.

To round out the afternoon just before dinner, we were privileged to give the orphanage and its staff more than 200 pounds (4 suitcases full) of goods including school/art supplies, toys, personal hygiene items and socks and underwear, collected by the team before we left for India. The team then matched that gift with an impromptu team offering that totaled nearly $1,100 in cash. Thank you team! We finished the night by watching Kung Fu Panda 2 with the kids, or maybe it was we watched the kids watch Kung Fu Panda 2. The latter was probably more enjoyable.

As we look back on the day and what was given in time and gifts, the words from so many team members, “We received so much more than we gave ” was the chorus repeated time and time again. What we gave bore evidence again that God’s idea of financial security is so much different than what we’re used to every day; you truly cannot out-give God. The return in your investment will likely be in a different “currency” than what you started with, even more different than converting dollars to rupees, but you can’t beat God’s exchange rate that’s for sure.

– Chris Lemke

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