Saturday, May 16, 2009


Scott and I agree that we officially love going on adventures together- and this certainly is one!
So much of New Delhi is reminiscent of Niger (West Africa- where we both grew up!). The intense heat, the sweat pouring down your back and face, the overpowering smell of trash and urine, the crippled beggars... We feel at home, and yet in a foreign land at the same time. Does that make sense? It is a frustrating feeling as we feel at home in this third-world country, and yet don't because we do not speak the language and know that culture. Pray that we all transition well and learn the language quickly. We will certainly need it as we travel about this MASSIVE city in the local auto rickshaw taxis (a.k.a. "little tin cans" ).
We went to Hindu and Sikh temples yesterday. It was an overwhelming and emotional day. The Hindu temple was so much to handle all at once. It was much dirtier, busier, and heavier spiritually than I (Steph) expected. Wow. I cried as my heart began to break a little more. I am expecting to cry often. Growing up in Niger, my heart was empathetic and loving-- but I became very immune to the reality of their poverty. I love that this is breaking my heart again. I don't ever want to become desensitized again. How would He feel about looking past a beggar and feeling nothing?
So, please pray for this next week as we are traveling to another city to work with orphan girls. We are getting over our jetlag, and so are soaking in more now. Pray we fall in love with these people and our hearts break for India.
Pray also for flexible and extremely loving hearts.
So very much love,
Scott and Steph


  1. Great hearing from you guys!! We love you and are praying for you.

  2. Love the pics! Girls- you look awesome in your indian clothes. Boys- love the orange head wraps.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Such a great reminder not to become desensitized and let my heart become hard toward the many lost and hurting people around the world.

    We wish we were there with you guys physically, but we're are definitely there in spirit!
    ~Janelle and Darren

  3. crazy! i love the orange head covers! it is great to hear that you are all doing well and adjusting appropriately. keep the updates coming and know that you are in our prayers!
    Tim Cahill

  4. It's so nice to have a visual and read your updates! You all are in my prayers! :]

  5. love you guys and love that you are writing to us all. cant wait to hear more.

  6. Hey Scott and Steph,

    It's been great to read your blog! May God bless you 2 as you serve him! I'll be praying for you. Can't wait to read more.

    Ben Mitton

  7. Thanks for blogging your processing Steph, It's great to hear from you and what you are saying definitely makes sense!

  8. Hope you guys are having a great time, love the attire!

  9. While I was praying and journaling for your team this week, I was praying exactly what you wrote Steph, that your hearts would continue to break even more for the people there. I am so glad to see that God is already working so boldly in your lives. Can't wait to hear more!
    Love you all,
    Brandon and Andrea

  10. Hey ya'll!! It sounds like you're having one heck of an adventure over there. We are thinking and praying for you all. Be sure to enjoy the experience, take a lot of pics, post a lot of pics, and keep lovin on the people you are serving!
    Luke and Mary