Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We've Arrived in Mussoorie!

After many days of travel and visiting old and new friends in Dehradun, we have finally arrived in Mussoorie... and our greeting was just what any prior team member would expect!  Fireworks, smiles, hugs, updates...

And, omigosh, you wouldn't believe how some of these boys have grown!  I think Karan is taller than me now, and Anil... I can't believe he's 17 now!  The team had a good rest last night, so they will begin posting some of their insights and observations on the blog today. But here are just a few to tide you over.

 We are blessed that Gopal is in town during our stay as he waits for his papers to begin his career in the Indian Navy.
Meet some of the older boys who live at House of Life: Sonu, Rohan, Fazil, Sazid, Sunny & Arif.  Most of these boys are sons of women who are forced to work in the Red Light District in Delhi.  Some of the older boys have themselves been involved in the "business" in various capacities.  Life at the Boys Home is a respite and treasure for them.

 More of the boys: Vishal, Sonu, Akash, Kishan, Arif, Rohan, Fazil, Piyush, Saharukh; (in front) Ashu, Rahul, Raja, Akash, (hey! how did Max get in there??), Anshu, and Sazid.

We were blessed to be able to bring ukuleles donated by some ukulele businesses who love music and children.  We divided up the ukuleles among the three children's homes that we are visiting.  And how blessed are we that we brought with us a fabulous ukulele/music teacher! Here is Max showing Akash how to make chords on the ukulele.

Some of the children, like Fazil here, picked up the ukulele pretty quick!

We're looking forward to sharing many more photos and impressions over the next several days.  Please keep us in your prayers.  Some of us were traveling sick but thankfully haven't gotten any worse.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Access Healthcare (Day Team).

Praise God for their heart to fund our Boys' Scholarship Fund that provides them a career beyond 12th grade. 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Off to Delhi ✈️

After overnighting at Narita, we are back on the shuttle to catch out flight to Delhi.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Just gotta play in the snow!

What fun to be eating breakfast and realize that it's snowing outside!  Obviously, the guys are dressed for it!

Flight to India leaves at 11:30 Japan time.

Crazy Hawaiians :)

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Refueling in Narita

We picked up some snacks after a safe, smooth flight to Narita! Heading to Delhi tomorrow, very excited!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Aloha India

Aloha India Family! I'm super excited to see you all in a couple of months & I can't wait to meet you if I haven't met you back in 2010!  Excited to hear about your lives and learn more about what God is doing in India. Love you all!


 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Chinese Girl Going to India

Aloha, I am CyNtHiA and I kNoW no English.  
I am originally from Hong Kong.  At the age of 11, my family and I moved to Baltimore, Maryland (the worst state you could be in while don't know no English).  I grew up in a Buddhist family and worshiped ancestor.  When I first moved to the state, I attended a Catholic School from 5-8 grade.  Apparently, as a non US citizen, it is cheaper to attend a private school than a public school.  In 9th grade, I went to a Lutheran High School.  The Lutherans are strong in their faith especially the teachers.  As a non Christian going to a Lutheran School, I didn't realize my life was about to change FOREVER.  With my little English, I argued with the existence of God to my teachers.  Teachers always win.  Me always loose.  In 10th Grade, with friends encouragement, I attended a weekend camp.  Yes, CAMP!  The camp was a retreat.  The retreat turns into a "Jesus" retreat.  Funny or what?  For the first time in my life, I experienced God's love and forgiveness.  I gave my life to Jesus that weekend.  On my baptism, I promised Jesus that I will do all that I can to go to the end and share His love with others especially the little ones.  To fast forward in my life, God called me to resign from my teacher position in 2008 and attended YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS).  During DTS, I thought I was to do my outreach in India instead I went to South Africa for 3 months.  9 years later, I responded to God's calling and will go to India in March.  
My favorite bible verse...Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  Matthew 22:37

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Psalm 125 I cannot be shaken

Aloha brothers & sisters :)

My name is Channel, probably the most interesting fact about me is that I have 6 other siblings (including me is 7) and I am an identical twin (we are the youngest in the family). We are both going to India :)
It is going to be our first mission/first time in India so we are super excited. I've met most of the team, and I love you all so much already. Thank you for being so welcoming. You've all touched my heart.

The scripture that I have chosen is Psalm 125. I recently just started reading the Bible and every time I open the Bible, I've been drawn to psalm almost every time. 125 is also my birthday so those numbers are very special to me (lucky numbers) so it led me to this passage which is exactly what I've been looking for.

"Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever." -Psalm 125

Being somewhere new for the first time can be terrifying. I've been worried about the dangers that could happen. I know that India will change me, for the better. It will open my eyes to new things that I need to grow and learn. I know it's going to strengthen my faith in the Lord as well as my relationships with those in my church. This passage helps me to remember that as long as I put all my trust into the Lord, everything will be okay. I cannot be shaken.