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This Little Piggy Went to Market…

Hey all,

Greg reporting on day two in Dowlaiswaram, India. What a day it’s been, jam packed with fun, love, and excitement. For me the day started out with jumping out of my comfort zone by delivering a little devotional on prayer to Grace children and STS students during chapel. Public speaking is not my forte but surpisingly enough I felt total comfort in speaking to my attentive audience. More testament of that “inexplicable peace” that Christians experience by the grace of God.

One of our primary functions as missionaries is to learn about and do life with the people we have come to love and serve. To get a feel for community life in Dowlaiswaram some of the team took a walk through the market place a couple of blocks from CEM. This was no Kroger! I’m pretty sure the FDA back home would shut such place down had it been in the U.S. Then again I doubt you’d see a bunch of vendors sitting outside on the ground with piles of fish or with chickens tangling from ropes as flies have buzz about freely. I try not to think of these sights while eating back at CEM. All in all, though, our walk was quite the experience. The sights, sounds, and smells were almost overwhelming.

The rest of the day was spent treating the two-hundred-plus children from Grace Children’s Home to fun and games out in the courtyard of CEM. I took particular pleasure in lobbing water balloons of the roof of a building onto the children below. Who knew serving could be such fun πŸ˜‰ The joy on the kids’ faces as they play with their American friends makes the brutal travel, jet lag, and ant bites all worth while.

It’s been a blast so far over here in India. This is my fifth time here, but it’s been a new experience thus far being that my wife, Jess, is with me this time. It’s been a joy to watch her experience all the things that keep me coming back each year, for the first time. I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of the week’s experiences with her.

God bless,

Greg

8 Responses to “This Little Piggy Went to Market…”

  • Sounds Awesome Bro.! I love to hear how God is using you! Hugs and kisses to my sis. Prayers and Blessings to All, Jenn

  • Thank you all for traveling over 9,000 grueling miles to be the vessels of the love and hope of Jesus Christ. May HE fill each one of you with joy unspeakable as you minister the hope within you. You have much prayer coverage!

    I love you Tracy and am so proud of you!!!!

    His Love, Peace and Joy, Cindy K. (Tracy K’s Mom)

  • I love being able to read what you guys are doing in India! So glad to hear that all is well. Praying for each of you to experience God’s love in new and UNSPEAKABLE ways, and then turn and pour that into those around you! You guys are amazing examples for all of us. Thank you for serving on our behalf. I love to hear the stories of what happens when Christ’s body works the way it’s designed to! Miss all of you!

  • And p.s. Sarah, we started ON TIME!!!!

  • So glad to hear everyone has landed safe…lots of love back home Tracy Richardson…..xoxo Mel
    Kirk– I love u Tracy!! πŸ˜‰

  • I want ant bites!!! Back to work today:-( Please take many pictures, with names and stories. Maybe I can get to know them a bit before Feb. 2010.
    Faith, Hope, and Love to all of you!!!!! – Jason –

  • I love it, Greg! I’m imagining I’m there with you all! I can’t wait to read Jess’s blog!! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you spoke- I’m sure those kids loved every word! πŸ™‚

  • so happy you made it safely. love the picture of jess with the flowers!

    hugs to greg, jess & tracy r!
    can’t wait to hear all about your adventures.