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Greetings from India, where it remains hot, hotter and hottest.

Greetings from India, where it remains hot, hotter and hottest.

We are thankful for the daily afternoon (and sometimes in the middle of the night) rains which cool everyone down.And the powerful fans are such a blessing in allowing us to sleep. Now, if we could just get the geckos out of the girls' rooms...

We are continuing to paint the local churches and that is going well. Due to the heat in the afternoons, we usually practice for our presentations, have classes and free time. We have Grubby to Grace and God's Gentlemen on MWF evenings, so we plan our evening EV opportunities for TT and Saturday evenings. We have had a good response from the singing, testimonies, dramas and puppets. The language barrier is great, but our God is greater and the team has been really good at conveying the message of Christ at these presentations. Raj (the Coordinator) has been very helpful with arranging the presentations and interpreting for us.

On Wednesday, we took the day off and traveled to Machilipatnam where we saw the Bay of Bengal. We also visited a Kalamkari factory. Kalamkari are a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile products using only natural dyes and there are 23 steps to each product. It has been in existence since the Middle Ages. The team enjoyed spending their Rupees on Kalamkari tablecloths, napkins, sheets and clothing. Following our visit there, we returned to Vijayawada (about 1 1/2 hour trip) where we all ate at a KFC. And right after that, we visited a store where they stocked up on snacks, ice-cream and drinks. Because there are refrigerators in every "apartment", a lot was purchased.

The team just left to go down to the center of our village to play volleyball with the national young people. It should be a fun time for all!

The kids continues to bond as a team, are interactive during our Bible studies and GG classes, reach out to the local children and make the leaders laugh, A LOT! We are thankful for each and every one of them and how they have enriched our lives.

Here are a few testimonies:

Hello Friends and Family! Thank you, all of you, for your continued prayers. India is an incredible place; the people are so generous and so sweet. We are so blessed by them! I have really enjoyed doing street evangelism and painting some of the the local churches, as well as the little bit of sightseeing and shopping we have gotten to do. God is always good. He is doing great things in India! - Bethany (Every. Single. Kid. in this town knows Bethany's name...)

Hi Everyone! I am enjoying my time here in India. We have had many opportunities to share the Gospel in the village where we are living. Children are always outside wanting to talk with us and learn our names. Many of them visit us daily and so we are able to to form friendships with them. The culture is vibrant. There are very few rules on the road which makes driving exciting. There are water buffalo and cows everywhere. The nationals taught us a song in Telagu, the local language. I have loved growing closer to our team and am so thankful God put us together! I cannot wait to see how God continues to work in and through us this summer! - Abby

Hi, We have been in India for a week and a half and I have loved it! We have done seven presentations so far, which is a lot of fun. I gave the sermon in three churches this past Sunday. I have learned a lot from God and have grown closer to my team while I have been here, and I am super excited for the rest of the summer! - Caleb

Hi Everyone! India is more wonderful than I could have hoped. I adore the people of Kola ennu and working in the community. Meeting new children and learning their names every day is a definite highlight. My heart breaks for the lost when I hear the Hindu songs and Muslim prayers over the loud speaker (and yes, they also have a Christian message every day over the loud speaker). This is a constant reminder of India's need for Christ. Thank you for your prayers! Romans 12:2 - Mari

Greetings from HOT, HOT, and dry Florida...

Our team continues to do well. The Preteens arrived on Tuesday and they have really enjoyed working with them. The days are long and they are tired at the end of the day. Being in dorm rooms instead of tents is a big plus with the heat! The highlight of everyone's day is the rallies.

The India team has arrived in India...

The India team has arrived in India, but not without hiccups. More on that later.

First off, EVERYONE tested negative for Covid which was a blessing! However, we did lose one team member due to passport issues and one due to visa issues. They were both able to be placed on other teams which was a God miracle.

Greetings from hot India!

Greetings from hot India! Actually, it is not as bad as everyone thought. There are fans in every room and some girls have even said they have gotten cold during the night!

They began the week by teaching the students and interns dramas and puppets. They thoroughly enjoyed it and having done the same thing at Boot Camp, helped with their teaching skills.

And It Is Still Hot In India...

Greetings from India. We have only been here since Tuesday, but we have done so much!

Yesterday the team pulled weeds and prepared two plots of land for planting vegetables which will feed the staff and students. The sun was intense and two showed symptoms of dehydration. We had them rest and gave them a “hydration drink” which perked them right back up. For dinner, everyone was required to drink the hydration drink mixed with Tang (our version of Gatorade).

And It Is Cool And Rainy...

Greetings from cool and rainy India. We are surprised at the drop in temperatures which makes it so much more comfortable. Having been to India several times during the summer, I cannot remember experiencing rain like we have this summer. A couple of the boys learned a lesson in that they need to bring in their church clothes to dry before Sunday morning if they are still wet from the rain. We are enjoying the cooler weather, but we would like for our laundry to dry!

The sun is back out and the temperatures are climbing!

And the sun is back out and the temperatures are climbing! It is still a comfortable high 80's to low 90's with the winds. A week from today, we will be in Delhi. It is hard to believe—the time has really flown by.
And the sun is back out and the temperatures are climbing! It is still a comfortable high 80's to low 90's with the winds. A week from today, we will be in Delhi. It is hard to believe—the time has really flown by.

This is our last report from Vijayawada.

The team is packing as I write and so begins the “long good- bye”. I know without a doubt that I am not ready for this...

India LDT 22005

India LDT Photos # 2