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Prayer, clinics, and curry oh my!

Prayer, clinics, and curry oh my!

The India Eyeglass team has had such a busy week, after moving to pastor Ramesh’s beautiful home on the east side of Ongole. We have had a blast with all the amazing opportunities that we have been given. From the ministry, to the food, and the the many amazing things we have seen, the past couple days have been such a blessing!

The kids have had a great time at the past couple eyeglass clinics where they were able to fit 270 people with new reading glasses! The kids have noticed that we have seen so many more smiles and grateful expressions at these past couple clinics that we have held. With all the clinics in total we have fit roughly 1200 pairs of glasses! All the glory be to God for all the people that we haven’t been able to come in contact with! Another praise report is that we were able to share the gospel with the doctor that works at the clinic with us, Prasanth , and hopefully will be able to have to opportunity to be able to give him his own Bible this week!

We have also been given the opportunity to do prayer walks in the pastors neighborhood and in other areas every night! There have been so many God-given opportunities that the teens have been able to be a part of. One of our girls Jessica was able to lead someone to Christ on the first night, and Liam had the gift of being able to share the gospel with a lady in the village and the Lord convicted her to accept Christ as her savior. Afterwards he gave her a Bible in the native language It was such a loving and compassionate to do! We are so proud of both of them for their boldness in Christ! Among the evil spirits, worship of foreign gods, or strange cultural practices this kid still yearned to share Christ in every home. To God be all the glory! For He is our confidence on this team!

One last ministry opportunity that five of the teens were involved in it was a children’s ministry! They were able to spend time with 40 kids and teach them songs and share Bible stories! Naomi got the chance to share the story of Jonah with them, she was able to explain it in a perfect way that the little ones were able to understand! It’s still the team members with so much joy and love getting to give high-fives, fist bumps, and the love of Jesus! The people that went to the ministry got to ride in the autos (tuk-tuks, or the local transportation) to the house they served at. According to them it was “so much fun!!!”, “so awesome”, or as some of them said “this is the best ride we’ve had!!” It was truly an experience for them.

NOW SNACK BREAK! On Monday we were able to find a Domino’s Pizza along with sodas and ice cream bars on the side… The team is so ecstatic to have a little taste of home! Let’s just say they were fed really good. They also had another chance to buy snacks from the store yesterday let’s just say there are lots of lays, chocolate, and coca-Cola involved. They are on cloud nine with the access that we have to the local grocery stores at our new home!

Other great things that of happened at our new host home is the insane amount of coffee that they have so graciously been making for us every morning. It is such a great morning surprise for the kids and especially for the leaders! With a little bit of Jesus and coffee fix every morning this team has all the energy in the world!

We have been so incredibly blessed by all of the special treats and Devine appointments that the Lord has provided for us this week! We continue to thank Him for all things that have been happening in and through this team!

Please be praying that
-we would have more opportunities to share the gospel
-that we would all be growing closer to the Lord in the last couple of days that we have left in India
-that we see the Lords hand in everything that we do
-for all the kids hearts to be opened to what the Lord is wanting to tell them!

Now for a special section of this report requested by Emily.

The animals that we’ve seen
three little kittens
A dog that was super excited
Weird color changing lizards( no not chameleons)
Ugly chickens
Multicolored chicks/ real live peeps
Lots of goats
Oodles of cows
And a toad the team named Larry…

Now to hear from a few team members!

India is beautiful and I love the people. I think my favorite thing is the daily bus ride. We put on the LED lights, jam out to music, then go to sleep. I love it here!miss you mum and Dad! -Ava

At first I wasn’t sure why God brought me here, I thought “Lord out of everyone you could have sent to share the gospel with these people, why me!” Then one day in my devotions He placed Ephesians 4:1-2 on my heart Paul says “ I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” God didn’t need me for this mission, but he choose me to have the privilege of serving Him through it! I was dead in my transgressions and sins, but through Christ I am made alive! I now understand that it is not only the mission field where I am called to be in my faith and sharer he gospel, but in every aspect of my life where the Lord wills it! I am so grateful that God is patient with me and my shortcomings, his ways are so much better than mine! When I am anxious I remember John 14:24, and it becomes clear that even though I don’t know the future I do know the one who holds it! Shout out to my family at home if your seeing this, I miss you all like crazy! Counting down the days until I can see you again, love you so much! - Alivia B.

All of your wonderful teens have arrived at The Lord's Boot Camp...

All of your wonderful teens have arrived at The Lord's Boot Camp as of yesterday!! They are truly thriving and surviving with smiles on their faces (well maybe not at 5:30).

Talk about Mud, Sweat, and Cheers!

Talk about Mud, Sweat, and Cheers! This team has experienced all three, though we haven't experienced too much mud because it really has not rained too much lately here at Boot Camp.. BUT that's not what you want to hear about, it's your Teens!!


This week especially has been a really good week for the India team! We just started drama classes that all the kids really seem to enjoy! Yesterday was Sunday, a day of rest for the teens for the first time in the week that we have been here! They got to take a break from running the obstacle course, and we as leaders incorporated a nap time for the ones who wanted to catch up on some sleep.

There's only 2 more sleeps till Commissioning!!!

The team is so excited to go to India! After twelve hard days of training Boot Camp is finally coming to a close. Today was the last day that the team got (had)to run the obstacle course they got 16 people over the wall. It was truly a great experience to see the team work and growth. Though it's been Hot and sweaty and muggy almost all of the kids can agree that it is all worth it! We have all had our Highs and Lows in this time of training. Here are some of the Highs!

The eyeglass team arrived yesterday at 8:30 am in the Vijayawada Airport safely.

"The eyeglass team arrived yesterday at 8:30 am in the Vijayawada Airport safely. Me and Paul's Family along with my staff and Board welcomed them in the Airport and Send them to the location where they are supposing to do their ministry ..Two of the Board members were with them. So they reached their final destination and Were safe ...

Namiskarum from King’s Ranch in India!

The whole team (minus 16 duffels) made it safely to India despite many obstacles. One girl on our team tested positive for Covid three times while safely quarantined before finally testing negative twice just hours before the bus left Teen Missions. Our travel also included a flight delay in Orlando that left us running for our flight in Frankfort and resulted in the loss of over half our luggage in Delhi. We are hopeful that our luggage will catch up to us any day now and the kids are anxiously waiting for their belongings. Despite these challenges the kids have had great attitudes. Ryan had the opportunity to pray for several people in the airport and Cambree has had a smile on her face every minute whether praying over the property or braiding all the girls’ hair.

Hello friends and family of India Eyeglass!

This week was a highlight for all our kids as they got to experience their first Indian church service on Sunday and do a little sightseeing at a small park afterwords. We even had a picnic with their first peanut butter sandwiches in a long time and it was a big hit! Everyone was very excited to see the monkeys who in turn were very excited at the thought of food. We didn’t lose a single person to the monkeys, only an apple core or two.

Hello everyone!

The kids had a wonderful Independence Day and enjoyed a meal of Kraft Mac and Cheese from the US and ice cream from here in India. One team member said it was the best 4th of July she had ever had.

What a spirit filled crazy week we have had!

The India Eyeglass team has been blessed beyond words with opportunities to pray with people the past couple weeks. The leaders have been so pleased to see all our kids praying with Hindu and Christian patients alike. We are so proud to see how their boldness in Christ has grown and flourished these past couple of weeks.

Blessed are the flexible.

I am so surprised that it doesn’t say that in the Bible! This team has grown and lots of aspects of patience and perseverance! These past couple days have been ever-changing. We have had a beautiful ending to our time at pastor Ramesh‘s house; we all gathered in the pastor's living room and we got to hear all about the Sharon Ministries that they are coordinating. Then afterwards they give us very generous gifts of the traditional dress wear! The girls got nice Indian dresses and the guys got traditional skirts. Our last moments there were so sweet and full of encouragement and positivity. As the time went on we finally departed from the Sharon ministries, to arrive at Kings Ranch once again. We unpacked everything and got settled in for the next five days. Or so we thought. (This is where the Flexibility comes in) the next day we got the word that the team was supposed to be in Machillipatnam that day!

Times almost up, but the spirit hasn’t stopped moving yet!

Our clinics and ministry that we are doing have been going really well! We have had the opportunity to share the gospel with so many diverse people! It’s been amazing! A lot of people have been receptive to the gospel and through that 10 people have come to accept Christ this week! Praise the Lord for He is working through us! As we praise the Lord for what He has done and what he is doing, our ministry is slowly coming to a close as we only have only two eyeglass clinics left to complete our project! So I would like to ask you guys to keep us in prayer this week and pray that the Lord would start a major revival and soften more peoples heart to the gospel! We truly know the Lord is moving!

India Eyeglass/Medical 22009 Photos