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The India team has arrived in India...

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.

We had a wonderful Commissioning service. Thank you to all the parents and Izzy for supplying pizza, drinks, ice-cream and lots of junk food. We had plenty left over for travel and Debrief. 

The team helped take down chairs and put them away before going to bed at around 11. We got up on Sunday and cleaned our rooms, showered and left for the airport after lunch. It was a full flight and many got the dreaded middle seats (me included). However, it was of God. It was so encouraging to hear them talking with others about the Lord!

We arrived in Frankfurt late but due to a gate change, we were able to catch our flight to Delhi. Once we arrived in Delhi, we found we were missing three pieces of luggage—one personal bag and two equipment bags. Filling out the claims took forever which meant it was tight checking in and making our domestic flight. Security was a bear and the last ones were running (I don't run so there was no chance of being left behind!) to make it- again the dreaded middle seats. And again, they used the opportunity to be bold in their witness to others placed beside them.

We arrived in Vijayawada to a rare summer rain. It was hilarious watching and hearing their reactions to the driving skills here. Everyone is settled in dorms, with fans, bathrooms and showers and even a fridge in both the boys and girls room (great for getting water COLD for the next day). We won't tell them about the AC in our room...

The coordinators here at Teen Missions in India are great hosts and we are enjoying getting to know them and their kids.

Tomorrow the team plans on teaching drama, music and puppets to the students and interns. We hope to do some presentations in our local village. 

Thank you for your prayers, please pray the missing bags are recovered quickly. It was two girls with missing bags and the girls are all around the same size which is good.