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