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Slumdog

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Posted by on July 12, 2012

A few months ago I was walking through Target, and I found the movie Slumdog Millionaire in the $5 dvd bin. The only thought that ran through my head was, “How could I not buy it?” Apparently I said my thoughts out loud, because my wife responded by saying she had never seen it. I immediately put the dvd in our cart and as soon as we got home we started watching it. Read more…

It takes a village

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Posted by on June 26, 2012

We have recently celebrated Mother’s and Father’s Days here in the United States. I am blessed to have been raised by loving, hard-working parents, and every year at this time I strive to find a meaningful way to honor them. My mom and dad provided abundantly for my brother, sister, and me – both in material and non-material ways, for all of my needs and some of my wants. They fed and clothed me, made sure I did my homework, took me to the doctor, listened to my piano recitals, celebrated my accomplishments, and most importantly — gave me an example of Christian faith to follow. It’s hard to imagine where I’d be in my life if not for the influence of my parents. Read more…

Remembering

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Posted by on June 14, 2012

“You won’t forget me?”

How could I respond to that question?! After a few short days with the amazing children at Kannivadi, I felt like these kids were truly my Indian brothers and sisters. They wanted to know if I’d be able to see their Christmas program. Sadly, I had to answer with a “no.” I’d be back in America by Christmas, and I didn’t know when I’d be back in India or visiting them at Bethania. They wanted to know if I’d forget them. Read more…

The Path of Education

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Posted by on May 26, 2012

Last Friday I walked across a stage and received my college diploma. In some ways, I see this as a major accomplishment. That degree represents many hours of sitting in lectures, reading textbooks, preparing and giving speeches, writing papers, studying for exams, researching topics, and participating in group discussions and projects. It represents courage to do things I thought were too hard for me, perseverance when I didn’t feel like studying anymore, and faithful encouragement from my friends and family. Yes, I do believe the diploma I now have represents a big accomplishment. Read more…

Forget me not

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Posted by on April 25, 2012

Right now, I am sitting at my air-conditioned desk on the 12th floor of my office building. My day as an audiologist consisted of hearing test after hearing test after hearing test – 11 patients total – with a leisurely lunch break mid-day. Throughout the day, I had various distractions ranging from an exploding email inbox to celebrating a coworker’s new baby to stressing over some large projects on the horizon. When I go home tonight, we will heat up some leftover food, play with our son, and if we’re lucky, catch our favorite TV show before falling asleep – and then the cycle begins again tomorrow. Can you relate to this?

And where does India fit in to all of this? The answer is, Read more…

Bethania Hall of Fame

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Posted by on April 19, 2012

On each of my three visits to the Kannivadi Bethania Home, I was given a narrated tour of what I began to think of as the Bethania Hall of Fame. In reality, it was a small office with cement floors and a single computer, where I presumed that the daily business for running the home took place. For the kids, however, that room might as well have been carpeted in lush, deep red and illuminated with soft lights shining on the walls.

It was for the purpose of seeing these walls that I was pulled into that small office at some point in each of my visits. Three of the four walls contained neat rows of letter-sized sheets of paper. On two walls, each paper contained the picture of one of the children currently living at Kannivadi, along with his or her basic information – name, birthday, hometown, interests, and future goals. The kids showed me each of these simple profiles, blushing when we’d come to their own. There was a lot of running around the room as they showed me sibling connections and I tried to keep it all straight. Read more…

A Tuesday Morning Sunrise

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Posted by on March 28, 2012

I had the privilege of touring a city in India called Kanyakumari when I visited last September. It is the most southern city in India, with its tip providing a view of the meeting point of three different bodies of water: The Bay of Bengal, The Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea. You might remember hearing about the Kanyakumari district in the news a number of years ago. This was the part of India most badly affected by the Tsunami.

The day I spent in Kanyakumari was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of my trip. We started off the morning watching the sunrise over the three bodies of water. My first thought was that watching the sunrise on a beach in India would be similar to watching it on a beach in America. There would be a few early risers out to watch the spectacle, but for the most part it would be a serene, calm and relaxing way to start the day. However, like most of my expectations for India, I was completely wrong. Read more…

View of India

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Posted by on March 6, 2012

I awoke with a smile; it was time to look for peacocks. Leaving my straw mat, I pulled on my sandals and hurried down the cement stairs. I was surprised to be the first one to the playground. I had expected that these spunky kids would have an easier time waking up at 6 am than I did. I suppose everyone – no matter what age or ethnicity – yearns to sleep in on a Saturday morning. But before long, a few kids were pulling themselves out of bed as well, excited to be my guide in this search for peacocks.

“Good morning, sister! How was your sleep?” Read more…