Well, we have been in India since Tuesday night, June 11! It’s definitely been an interesting and eye-opening experience! I’m not shocked that things are different; I had prepared myself for that. But the reality of actually seeing all of these things and being personally affected by them is a whole other story!
I’ve had time to adjust, and I’m realizing that, while it will be challenging, I can get used to all of these things.
I can get used to having a “Revolving Door” as Autumn refers to hers.
I can get used to always being the passenger and never the driver.
I can get used to living in a heavily populated area.
I can get used to only being able to call my family at certain times of the day and not just when I feel like chatting.
I can get used to wearing clothes that aren’t necessarily “my style” (learning to love it!).
I can get used to eating a mostly vegetarian diet that is heavy in spice (I already have! I love the food here!).
I can get used to extremes in weather: the heat, the humidity…even the monsoons.
I can get used to people ALWAYS being around (maybe).
I can get used to the stares and unwarranted attention.
I can even get used to monkeys in the street (Varanasi).
What I can’t get get used to, however, is that the masses of people I push my way through are nearly ALL lost. The majority have never even had a chance to hear the gospel I’ve grown up with. I pray that this will be the one thing I will never become accustomed to.
I can’t get comfortable living here and getting by on broken English without constantly being aware of the great need of the gospel in the country that will become my home. The reality of the void of the gospel in this country has to be the fire that fuels me to learn (language, culture, etc) and grow so that we may be able to plant churches, train leaders, and give God ample room to do an amazing work among the Indian people.
I’m not gonna lie, it’s going to be hard to return to the United States. Not that I just love the way of life here because I don’t (yet). It will be easy to return to my normal American way of life, but in just this short time, I’ve been challenged to want to be here. I want to learn the language (like YESTERDAY!) and culture, and I want to get started in the ministry as soon as possible. My last post was about how much I love deputation, and I do, but I’d like it to hurry up and be over so we can come back to India and get started on what we believe the Lord would have us to do! I’ll TRY to be patient…
I’m so thankful to have been given the opportunity to come on this trip and to see all that I have seen. Please pray with me that we, collectively as believers, would never get used to the need of the gospel around us. In the US, in India, or wherever the Lord takes us.