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Perspective from the Rookies (Part 2)

Hey there – Sarah here.

After visiting the market and attending church, the team spent some time playing with the children. I have to say, one child with lots of energy is enough to make you tired. Add to that 199 more and you have CEM. We played games, sang songs and passed out basketballs and kick balls. That went over well! They were so excited! Chris even made bubbles. If you want to grab the attention of 200 children…bubbles will do the trick!

In between the market, church, and playing with the kids, Jim and Chris have been busy behind the scenes working on the new medical facility. I don’t know the details, but I will tell you that I have seen the community and its need for the medical building. God has something great planned! I can’t wait to see how He is going to use the medical facility and its doctors to reach people.

During the day, many members of the community asked the team to pray with them. I know Jill mentioned this, but I had to touch on it again because it was so powerful. Men, women, and children asked us to pray for them. Some had specific illnesses or pains. Others just wanted to be lifted up to God. There were many emotions that were felt by the team. On a personal note, I was uncomfortable at first. I mean really, you want me to pray out loud? I couldn’t understand what most of the people were saying. Then Chris said, “God knows what they need. All you have to do is lift them up to Him.” I have never felt so much love for people I didn’t know. Look at the picture of Jill on the blog praying with an ill woman from the community. I think the picture says it all.

If I had to describe India and the CEM campus in one word, it would be love. I have been overwhelmed by India and the love they have shown the team. The children at the orphanage pay so much attention to the team and are quick to serve. For example: Renee was playing with a group of children and had a few bugs that were bothering her (it’s India and 90 degrees, so bugs are expected : ) ). She began to swat them away and as soon as the children realized, they began to fan her with their hands. So instead of taking care of themselves, they took care of Renee. The children showed their love in the only way they knew how, by serving others. This may seem irrelevant, but this was an act of love. God was showing his love through a child. It was God’s way of letting me know that He is in India. If a child can sacrifice their comfort for ours, then we can certainly do the same for God.

Well that is it for now. The team is exhausted and it is time to go to bed. Please keep the team in your prayers and while you pray for us, say a prayer for CEM and its children.

One Response to “Perspective from the Rookies (Part 2)”

  • Thanks for the updates. It sounds like you are all having an amazing time, and are getting to really spend some quality time with the people at CEM.

    Praying for you all!