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Happy January

I’ve decided to follow in Jessica’s footsteps by naming this blog Happy January, which is what you here a thousand times over on the morning of leaving CEM campus. It’s been debated that they are actually saying Happy Journey but I personally think January is a bit more fun.

One interesting thing about today is that I was the only American who didn’t get told to have a happy january. This time I was actually telling the KCC team and my dad to have a happy January.
Throughout my previous trips to India, I have fallen in love with the country, and especially the Grace Children’s Home kids. It absolutely astonishes me how much of an impact the children have on us, the team members. We travel halfway around the world to come serve and teach the children about Jesus and instead we’re the ones served and were the one’s taught about Jesus’ love for people.
It may sound selfish, but the main reason I come to India is to learn, and grow spiritually. Yes, the children love having us there and we mean the world to them but I honestly believe they impact me more. I have never made a trip to India where I haven’t bawled my eyes out by the end.
It is because of my love for people and my desire to grow closer to God that I am committing to staying in India for 2 months. I’ve been counting down the days since the team got here until I’d have all 176 GCH kids to myself and it’s finally here! I’m honestly a bit nervous and shocked that I’m here by myself for 2 months, but I know God is going to use me and grow me.
I had a very hard time saying goodbye to my dad today. I’ve never been away from my parents for more than 3 weeks, and every time that I have been away, I’ve always been able to call them or come home if I really needed to, however, in India I cannot do that. I am literally on the opposite side of the world as my parents which made it all the more difficult to say goodbye.

Loading the truck up.
Waiting to leave campus.

About to say our farewells. I will be standing right here in 2 months.

Pulling away from the airport.

Coming back to what seems a half full room.
I love you dad and mom.

One Response to “Happy January”

  • Caleb,

    I am so excited for you and very proud of you!

    I woke up yesterday from a dream about a boy playing with the kids at CEM. That boy could have been the younger you I remember. They were all laughing hard while playing games pretending to be warriors in a battle. They had pillows tied around their bellies and were swinging toy swords.

    So, I’m going to be praying that you put on the full armor of God (might work better than the pillows:)

    I’m excited for you and know that you’re going to have an amazing impact at CEM just as you have impacted me!