Our last few days in India were spent in Gurgaon at a Campus Crusade for Christ retreat center.
We spentmorning visiting classrooms of the younger students and attending a short ceremony for the staff, in which our team thanked and gave them a gift. From ANURAG we followed 2 buses filled with 120 teenagers on a crazy drive that should have taken an hour, but instead took 3 hours due to the difficulty of finding the place. This is pretty typical since there are very few street signs. Our drivers tend to find places by driving in the general direction and periodically stopping to ask people, on the street, for help.
We finally arrived and got settled into the guest house. This was the challenging part of the trip for all of us. We were taken a back by the accommodations, especially the bathrooms. But, we were aware that they were nicer then what most of the kids have. We got a little heat going with electric heaters and found some blankets to keep us warm. The showers were but a trickle and were either very hot or ice cold. It seems we are all very spoiled and we’re reminded to be grateful for the comfortable life we enjoy.
(Prem was really pleased with what we shared and used Our points for her wrap-up talk.)
After lunch, and in the evening, we did activities with the kids, ranging from 4-square, volleyball, and some form of dodgeball, to Jewlery making and play-doh Pictionary.
Another hightlight for me was that one of the kids we sponsor, Rohan, was now old enough to attend the teen camp. We were able to visit with him and ask him about his faith. He received Christ last year!
We also encouraged him to work hard in his studies. He is the only boy in a family of 7. His family will need him to help earn money to support all of them.
He gave me a big hug before getting on the bus, which made my day. He has gotten so tall and handsome. Prem tells us that he’s a good boy!
The trip was a huge blessing for us and those at ANURAG. GOD IS GOOD!