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What a spirit filled crazy week we have 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.

The kids continue to love to eat and have been raving over the cinnamon rolls that we had for breakfast a couple days ago. They have also immensely enjoyed the countless cups of chai that people prepare for us at the clinics. Kaleb in particular has loved drinking the chai and trying many new foods. The hospitality and kindness that this team has been shown is truly inspiring, especially the many delicious Indian meals we ate this week at churches and houses, including chicken curry, lentils, and lots and lots of rice! Makayla really enjoyed a breakfast delicacy called “bonda” that reminded her of an Indian hush puppy. What a creative name because that is truly what they tasted like!

The kids were quite excited to shop at the local grocery store and use their rupees for the first time. There were smiles all around as they bought up all the Oreos and Coke. All of them got so many amazing goodies and enough treats to probably last them the whole summer! One of the girls thought she got an ice cream bar in a box but it ended up just being ice cream in a box…things are a bit different here.

The clinics continue to be busy with many patients. The kids love praying with patients and are excited every time we enter a safe village where the central government is not anti-Christian and they are able to share their wordless bracelets and pray. Abby S. especially loves holding and loving on all the babies at the clinics. Please pray especially for the 2 Hindu doctors working with our clinic, Prasant and Kopi.

Today we move for a short stay with Pastor Ramesh, who will be helping our kids with clinics for the next four days. On Sunday Pastor Ramesh led us in 2 church services and the kids were able to meet some kids from Teen Missions India who have gone to boot camp at the base here.

Please pray for safety when we travel and that God would continue to keep the team in good health.

“India has been great! I love it here. Even their language is beautiful (Telugu). I really think God is calling me to long term missions here. I keep saying, “It fuels my soul.” I’m learning and experiencing so much here. These memories I’m making I will cherish forever.”  Jessica W.

“Being here in India has really opened my eyes. Despite being a majority Hindu nation, the Christians here are not afraid to share about God’s love. I’ve already learned so much and I can feel myself growing closer with God every day.”  Ryan B.

“So far my favorite part of the trip has been going to the clinics and getting to experience the culture here. I love the vibrance of the culture and the people’s language. It amazes me how personally God knows each of them when we can’t even understand each other. I love and miss you all back home.” Callie D.

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.

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!

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