Hey all. Thanks for all of your love and prayers. We are leaving tomorrow morning and are excited to share this new adventure with you all. We look forward to letting you know some of our first impressions of India! Time to fly...
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We've been hearing your crys for "more India, please!"; here are some descriptors and links for
The Christ of the Indian Road: Here's a link to the book site on Amazon. This was one of the first books that we read about India. It blew our minds as we began to realize that the only thing we had to offer India was Christ. He alone would have to be sufficient to spread the gospel (novel idea, huh?). We were totally challenged by this book, not just for our lives in India, but for our lives whever we go.
Aradhna: http://www.aradhnamusic.com/ This is a musical group that plays a fusion of traditional Indian & western music for Christ. They are phenomenal and we are amazed at both their talent and ministry. We like to listen to their CD to relax and unwind, or to have some worship playing that soothes and stimulates the soul (I know that's a lofty statement, but it's really true!).
Vegetable Korma: Yummy! We remember how lost we were the first time we ate at an Indian restaurant--we needed a map. Let us be your 'menu map'! We have lots of favorites, but this one is a very popular dish in South India (where Chennai is), plus it is vegetarian (many Indians are vegetarian and we will also be while we live there!). For all you daring cooks out there, here's a recipe that you can try at home. Happy eating!
Mango Lassi: double yum. Seriously, this is so good and so easy to make! Here's the recipe. It's basically a mango shake but substitute yogurt for ice cream. You can spice it up with some fresh mint, cinnamon, or cardamom. If you are feeling really adventurous (and really Indian), you can put chiles in it. Make sure you go for a Mango Lassi or Mango Shake next time you're out to eat!
Nose Ring: Accessorize! Courtney's dream of getting a nose ring came true early this summer. For video of the piercing, click here....yeah, right. I don't think so. A more practical Indian accessory is the toe ring, or if you happen to be around a festival or Indian community--a henna tattoo! (Courtney's tattoo below)
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
An impromptu s'mores night with some of our fellow trainees. For those who know Courtney, this might end up being the highlight of our time here.
Here are some videos for you to enjoy. Just imagine a room full of 45 people doing this in unison all day long. The drills can be tiring, but it's amazing how much of an improvement we can see in just two weeks! Enjoy :)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This morning I had the most beautiful interaction with a little boy that I had taught during the previous week at VBS. It was such a pleasure to teach these kids about God’s story inside of them, about India and about the special places and people that God has prepared for them to tell that story to. It was also really fun. I’m sure many of you remember from VBS days, but kids really latch onto their teachers during that week.
This morning, a little boy of about 4 saw me from across the room and came over to give me a hug. I thought the interaction would end there. Instead, he proceeded to hold my hand. Then he touched the fabric on my dress and told me it was beautiful. While he talked to me and told me about how his mother was getting coffee, he reached up to touch my face while I talked back to him. It was one of the most tender and innocent moments I have ever experienced. He had seen me from a distance all week and was finally able to interact with me face to face.
It makes me ache for Christ; to hug him, to hold his hand, to touch his garment and to hold his face while he talks sweetly to me.
Let us all, like little children, come...
Thursday, June 25, 2009
2. We are going to an Indian church on Sunday nights while we are in Wheaton. Last Sunday, we were told to come hungry because they were having a potluck. We were so excited that we were going to have a smorgasbord of authentic, homemade Indian food. When we got there, we found out they had catered in Italian. Welcome to America!
3. I'm taught at VBS this week and on Monday I asked a group of second graders if they knew any Indians (since we are moving there). One little boy shouted, "I have family in Cleveland!"
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Some other highlights of being back home:
-Seeing our small group and helping the Clarks move into their new house-My Christmas present from Courtney - 3 seasons of The Cosby Show
So, I had some other things to say, but I think I'll just rant on the Cosby Show for a bit. It is seriously the greatest TV sitcom ever. I can (and intend to) watch it everyday. There is something so great about watching this family that loves each other deeply get caught up in the funniest moments. The best part is the way they all laugh at everyday quirks that really are hilarious. I can't say any more, but it always makes me laugh.
Here's a great picture from Christmas.