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Aug 8, 2009 - The Final Countdown

After ten weeks and a life-changing experience, our trip has come to an end. Throughout this week, we have been finalizing our work, and I have been thinking back on these ten weeks and the things God has taught me. I have been able to see and experience so many new and different things. There is no way to accurately summarize the trip in one journal entry, but I'll share a couple of the things God has laid on my heart in the last few days. To begin, my perspective on the Bible (the Old Testament in particular) has been changed forever....

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Aug 2, 2009 - Happy Friendship Day!

Friends and family, If you are reading this, then thank you so much for sticking with us for the past nine weeks! We have just one more week here in Salem, which seems really crazy. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support - it means so much to us. Today was Friendship Day. Though we were unable to gather much information about this mysterious celebration (a la Coconut Day), one of the houseparents told us that this day simply brings friends together to exchange small gifts and appreciate relationships. We thought it was a great...

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Jul 25, 2009 - Congratulations Sean and Megan!

Since we are unable to be at the wedding of Sean and Megan O'Rourke today, we decided to make a video and celebrate on our own in their honor. Unless you're Sean or Megan, this video probably won't mean much to you, but you are welcome to watch. We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the new, happy couple! Congrats Sean and Megan O'Rourke! Love, Josh and Craig

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Jul 22, 2009 - Prayer Request

Hey Everyone, This entry is going to be kind of brief, but it something that definitely needs lifted up in prayer. Today, there was a total solar eclipse over India. It was only visible in the north, so we couldn't experience it. Apparently there isn't supposed to be another one until the 2100s, so this was a big deal for scientists and astronomers. We looked up information about the eclipse last night, and we found information written from an Indian source. In this article, it said that many people (specifically Hindus) will be sacrificing...

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Jul 18, 2009 - "Your will be done..."

We apologize for the long period of time that we have not updated the blog. We have tried a couple of times over the past week, but for some reason it won't post the entry. When I prepared myself for a summer of mission work, I knew in my mind that things would not go smoothly. I knew that it wouldn't be a mountain-top experience the entire summer. I expected to be frustrated and tired throughout the summer. I told myself that this is when I would turn to God and He would be my strength. It’s funny how quickly I forgot this when the time...

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Jul 4, 2009 - For Freedom

It's a different experience celebrating our freedom as Americans outside of America. Despite being separated from other Americans, we did our best to celebrate. We started the day as normal, but after breakfast, we whipped our a couple of American flags and waved them with pride. We decided the best way to start off our Fourth of July celebration was to honor those who have gone before us. We stuck our flags in the ground and saluted them in honor of those who died for our freedom. The children immediately ran over and began questioning...

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Jul 3, 2009 - A Picture's Worth a Thousand Rupees

Finally! Here are some pictures for you all to see. There are some of the kids, some of us teaching English, some of the monkeys and their handiwork, and some of the machines we saw on Tuesday. We tried to add a little bit of everything. Enjoy! Craig and Josh

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Jul 2, 2009 - Stories, Stories and More Stories

This is going to be kind of a long entry. I apologize now, but these stories have been building up, and I haven't had a lot of time on the internet to update this. Here it goes. Josh and I had the privilege of going to a village on Tuesday. IGL has been working in this village since 1982, when Rev. Stephens’ father dedicated the church. They have been growing since then, and what a change they have made! One of the goals of IGL is to make each village self sustaining so that they are not reliant on others for income or support. They will be...

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Jun 27, 2009 - Monkeys Part 2

Since our first encounter with the monkeys, we have been searching for them on campus. We hadn't seen the monkeys for a while until they reappeared on campus the other day. Josh and I watched some of them for a while as they ran from tree to tree and across the roof of the Stephens' home. (Some of them even sat and watched us for a while.) Thinking they were making a comeback, Josh and I looked for them again the next day. We couldn't find them. We figured maybe the guards had scared them off again, and we would simply have to wait for them...

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Jun 25, 2009 - We're not in Kansas anymore...

Josh and I realized that it had been a long time since we'd updated the blog, so we thought it was about time. After being here for several weeks now, we've learned a lot about the culture. We've had a good time comparing things to American culture and laughing at how different they are. Here are a few examples. In the past week, we had the opportunity to go to two different Life Center dedications. Life Centers are churches, but they have classes and things going on all week for the whole village, so they call them Life Centers instead of...

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Jun 17, 2009 - It Isn't Everyday...

I know Josh just posted yesterday some of the funny stories we've had in the last week, but I couldn't help but post again. This story just happened on our way to the office. We were walking through the gardens after lunch. We were on our way to the car that would take us into the office for the afternoon. As we were walking, we were startled when a monkey looked up at us. He was standing two feet in front of us, and neither one of us noticed him until he moved! I jumped back a little bit, and the monkey started up the tree. When he had...

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Jun 16, 2009 - The Lighter Side

Hello one and all, I realize that I haven't posted anything on this blog since we first arrived in Salem, so I guess it's time I pick up the slack and get to it. So in the words of Kel Mitchell (for the readers of my Nickelodeon generation), "aww, here it goes!" As you may recall, one of the largest tasks that Craig and I have been given is teaching English every day to the IGL staff at the office. So far, by God's grace, things have gone fairly well. Though I plan to be a teacher after graduating from Grove City, I never would have guessed...

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