instafriday – india

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linking up with jeannett again!

We’re on our flight home from india. With 16+ hours on our last leg of the trip I was able to find a little time to write up a post ;)

I will definitely give you all the details of our trip soon (think: neighbor’s inviting you over for a slideshow… more than you ask for), but for now I’ll give you a few snap shots into our time over the last 10 days…

this pic was taken in the last couple hours before we left for our trip – leaving the kids, driving to l.a., then flying out. Something about this picture makes me super happy. Not sure if its that we are so cheesy and wearing matching shoes, that it represents the beginning of our lives being changed, or a quick image of our bond together. Either way, I like it!

I was trying to soak up the kids as much as possible before we left. Gracie was reading pilgrim’s progress and si snuggled up next to her and put his arm around her – melted my heart.

up at the crack to leave our hotel in l.a. and head to lax.

I love airplane wing shots, and this one was no exception. Here we were traveling in country in northern india. The plane’s name kills me! When you say “spice jet” I think you have to use jazz hands, too.

our first night after traveling we raced from our hotel to the river ganga – an extremely holy place for many Indians. Thousands of people packed out the area, both on the shore and on river boats. We opted for a boat for our group and watched the activities from the water – lots of music and chanting and bells and incense. Then we rowed up the river a tiny bit to the cremation site – probably 6 or so fire’s burning, and bodies being shuffled around. The closer to the river you’re cremated, the better, apparently.

the next morning, after visiting the ganga at sunrise, we went to our first training center, where ~25 men were being trained to be pastors with a vision for church planting. Words can’t describe this day, but I’ll sure try in another post. This shot is of sean sharing his talk he had prepared for our indian brothers. We were called to come to india to support and encourage the men and women there, but in the ned I think we were more encouraged – the work that God is doing there is unbelievable.

our team (10 of us from our church) read through this nook together, meeting every morning at breakfast to discuss it. It has been a very challenging book for me as discipleship and evangelism put me so far out of my comfort zone. But I’m learning its good to be challenged, as painful as it may be.

the second training center we visited was a real treat, too. The first day, instead of us teaching, we got to be the students and sit in on a class on personal evangelism. The pastor heading up this training center was a powerful teacher and you could tell he knew his students well and knew where to challenge and encourage them. At first the white board was being used in English, but the pastor was encouraged to write in hindi, since we had a translator and the class, after all, was really for his students.

each year a group of training center students graduates, and we got to attend the graduation ceremonies for 2 classes! The indian people really like ceremonies and celebrations – the graduation was about 4 hours long! And you should see the wedding celebrations – they practically shut down the streets and have a parade!

after the graduation we shared a meal with all the graduates and pastors – if you don’t know, the traditional way of eating indian food is with your hand, and only your right hand – the left hand is the unclean hand. Everywhere we went we were given forks to eat, and many Indians would eat with forks as well around us. Finally we asked why and they said they did it because we were using forks. We didn’t want to be rude after they went out of their way to get forks for us, but finally on our last day at the training center we were able to share a meal with just our hand – much easier than I expected!

one of the sweetest parts of the trip for me was connecting with the wife of one of the pastors. She was sweet and humble, but also a huge support to her husband’s mission. Here she is sitting next to me, reading the bible aloud to the young men in hindi.

another wing shot. It wasn’t until we were above the clouds that we saw the sun for the first time on our trip. The smog was so thick it was unbelievable!

we drank chai every day in teeny cups. After breakfast, in homes, on the trains… everywhere. At almost any time of the day you can see men on the streets sipping their chai. Here we were on a train to agra. Our last day of our trip was spent being tourists – shopping and visiting the taj mahal and the red fort.

our train was actually pretty nice as far as indian trains go. Another day we also got to experience the sleeper car trains.

and here we are nearing the end. Our last layover was in dubai. The sky was actually clear enough that we could see the tallest building in the world from the airport, just before boarding.

On the plane now, hoping to get sleep, but it is so hard! We get home Friday evening and I’m really hoping my internal clock gets reset quickly to the 13.5 hour difference of California time! I can’t wait to share more of our trip with you, but first I’ll need to catch up with my kids and definitely get some sleep!

Comments

  1. 1

    Lindsey thank you so much for sharing your trip! You have been in my thoughts and prayers this week and i am so happy to hear your trip was a success! I look forward to more posts about your wonderful adventure…after of course much time to love on your family!! Congratulations on a job well done! Much love to you and yours!

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    wow, you made it! can you believe it? unscathed. can’t wait to see more. i hope your trip was fulfilling in many ways. xoxo

  3. 3

    Wow, I hardly recognize Silas! He looks so much older with that hair cut. Cute :)

  4. 4

    hi friend :) soooo excited to read more about your trip, and see your photos! what a wonderful trip you and sean we able to go on! thanks for sharing a little bit with us… and WELCOME HOME! :)

    see you in just a couple weeks! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  5. 5

    i think that’s wonderful that you stepped out of your comfort zone to do a trip like this. I’m glad to know that people are carrying the gospel to India. what a blessing that you got to be a small part of it!

  6. 6

    It sounds like your trip was really fruitful! Thank you for sharing your photos, and I can’t wait to hear more about it! PS- The matching Chucks are adorable.

  7. 7

    Hopping over from Insta-Friday. Loved your pictures and your story!! Glad I came for a visit. :)

  8. 8

    How exciting to hear snippets of your trip! And IM right there with you on evangelism and fear. Right now Im reading Crazy love and its putting alot into perspective for me. These are things we’re taught all the time because our church is not only a church but also a Bible School and headquarters for churches and Bible Schools all over the world. We’re here to show the love of Christ to a world thats lost without Him.
    Anyways, welcome home. And love on those precious kiddos! Im tearing up just thinking about leaving ours this summer for our trip{sniff sniff}

  9. 9

    Lindsey, thanks for sharing these with us. What a wonderful trip!

  10. 10

    Wow…what an inspiring trip! I love all the pictures! I would love to go to India someday. And I absolutely cracked up at the name of that plane…because I TOTALLY visualized jazz hands when I saw the picture! Spice jet…yeah!

  11. 11

    Wow, what a nice, inspiring experience! Thanks so much for sharing your adventure with us.

  12. 12

    You guys look tired, but a good tired. Do you think you accomplished what you wanted this first time around?

  13. 13

    Looks like an amazing trip! I love the matching shoes, and Spice Jet! LOL!!

  14. 14

    Wow, this is very cool. I can’t imagine how much an experience like this must impact a person. It’s one of those things that will stay with you forever.
    -Heather

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    My husband and I went to India for the first time twelve years ago….it changed us from the inside out.

    I’m so grateful that your church went…I’m sure they were blessed, but my bet is that you guys were blessed and changed more. :)

    We love India!!!!

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    Hey have read your blog for a while and never commented:)…looks like u had an awesome trip. My husband and I work for Jim Putman he is r mentor and boss:) we worked at real life in post falls for six years before they left us to plant real life Spokane two years ago..anyways I saw you were reading that book I couldn’t believe it. My husband even help write in it. Yes stepping out of the boat and taking relational steps towards true discipleship is hard and uncomfortable…but so humbling and amazing that the lord uses us in his amazing mission of restoring life and hope through his son. Excited for u guys!!.. Love Kate shaw

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    I’ve been thinking of you the whole time on your trip and wondering how you did. Sounds like it was every bit the blessing you hoped it would be. I look forward to hearing more about the trip once you settle in back home.

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