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The sun is back out and the temperatures are climbing!

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.

Our evening EV programs are going well. We will have another one on Saturday and our last one on Tuesday. We will be packing up on Wednesday and flying to Delhi on Thursday. Since the Taj Mahal is closed on Friday, we will be seeing it on Saturday and then going straight to the airport for our 2 AM flight on Sunday. Maybe we will find Faith's bag in Delhi...

On Wednesday, we all divided into our "travel groups" and hit the night market. Needless to say, it was chaotic. I felt sorry for the boys in each group as there was not much for them to shop for. Today, we spent some time at a "handicraft store". Though the prices were higher, the quality was better and the team had fun spending their Rupees!

The team continues to paint (whitewash) the local churches and they have been so appreciative. In addition, they have been doing some gardening for the BMW students and staff.

We have taught the students a couple of action songs and a couple of dramas. In turn, they have taught us a couple of songs and a children's dance. The students have also attended our last couple of Bible studies. It has been a blessing getting to know them and their tender hearts.

We are planning on attending a larger church in Vijayawada this coming Sunday and then they will be providing lunch for the team. We will end our Sunday with the traditional Kraft Mac & Cheese dinner.

As a leader, I am not ready to let these kids go. They have been such a blessing to the leadership and have grown tremendously in their walks with Christ, made life-long friends, and they are so good at making us laugh. There has never been a dull moment.

The pictures are intended to tell our story: endless whitewashing, watching Paul and Raj chase a rat (outside of course, and the rat met his demise... and learning the dance from the nationals. There have been so many memorable moments while in India this summer and we are so thankful for each and every one of them.

As our time in India is drawing to a close, I am exceedingly thankful for everything we have been able to do in the community. We have painted four churches and two community buildings along with starting a garden for the Bible school students. We have also presented the Gospel message through music, testimonies, puppets and dramas six different times throughout our local area where we are living. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities we have had and am truly thankful that God brought this team together. - Ben

As we are entering our last few days in India, I am doing all I can to soak up every second of it. It has been kind of hard since our team has been faced with minor stomach issues, but thankfully, that all seems to be subsiding now. We had the opportunity to visit a night market the other day and it was such a good experience. I was a little stressed and overwhelmed at moments though. The BMW students taught us a national dance yesterday and what a great time we had! There was so much joy and laughter! My heart is sad and heavy at the thought of leaving this place in only a few short days. I love these people so much and I hope to never forget the days we have spent together here in India! - Halee

Dear Friends and Family, It has been raining a lot here in India which has come as a surprise as I was informed it would be their dry season...We have had a lot of EV opportunities which have been cool and we even got the chance to play volleyball with some of the nationals here. We have been doing a lot of painting, making all the churches and community buildings look spiffy. I miss all of you very much and I can't wait to see all of you at the end of the summer! :) - Simon O.

Hey Everyone! I have really enjoyed this past week in India. We have continued to scrub and paint various churches and a community building. I also got to experience my first "auto" ride today in a three-wheeled vehicle. I was a little nervous at first, but it was a very exciting ride! It's bitter-sweet knowing that we only have one week left, but I am excited to see how God will use our team these last few days. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers! - Faith

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).

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...

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!

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