So now I am sadly about to tell you about our final day in India 😭 …
And what an awesome final day it has been! Beginning with us managing to source breakfast by ourselves, what an acheivement! (Not mentioning the fact that it’s the same restaurant we’ve been to most mornings and therefore they have become used to our English ways!).
We then headed off to church, yet again a brilliant service, filled with singing, clapping and praising God. The congregation were very happy to see us again and many spoke to us afterwards saying how sad they were that we are leaving- right back at you all!
We were once again presented with rose garlands as a thank you for the last 10 days and to symbolise their appreciation to us- we are all getting a bit too used to this royal treatment, St Cuthberts and St M&M best be ready to welcome us home with flower garlands and singing!!
Today Pastor Gladson preached on Psalm 130, they are currently focusing on each Psalm in turn. After which Dad preached on Collosians 3:1-4 talking about how we must not get distracted with earthly troubles and bad habits but instead focus on the life and gifts that God has given to you. And then on Luke’s Gospel 4, how we should not test God, prayer is not an opportunity to bribe God or request things for our lives, this is not how God works, he provides and blesses us with exactly what we need at each time, Dad related this to himself personally sharing how years ago he was battling Christianity and explains it as trying to bargain with God, that if God would restore his sight he would follow him, but this is not the way God moves, Dad says how he later learnt that this is not what was wanted for his life, God has blessed him with other gifts and used his sight loss in his ministry, and what a difference he has made to us all! (Yeah, my dad’s pretty fab, just sayin’).
Today we again had the honour of witnessing 6 individuals from the church be baptised, Dad was able to assist Pastor Gladson during the baptisms and afterwards handed each candidate a holding cross which again were accepted so gratefully! – Due to sensitivity we sadly can’t share photos of the baptisms on here but we will show them in church
We then had a scrummy lunch, relishing in the opportunity to use our hands as it’s not long before we may need to revert back to cutlery- sandwiches ok, but roast dinners? Hmm…) Somi told us she is very proud of how much of the Indian culture we have learnt- what a compliment!
Today we finally met the 5 girls from the home, they were all very shy (too many scary white people in their home!) but so polite and what beautiful smiles! We gave them the rest of the gifts that were donated and they were all very happy and excited to use them! We also gave Johanna and Alyssa (Somi and Gladson’s daughters) each a gift of colouring books and pens and within minutes they were back at the table showing us their first page completed! Thanks to all who donated things, everyone has been so grateful and I think all the things we brought couldn’t have gone to better places!
As a final treat before packing and preparing to leave Somi took mum and I to get henna put on our hands, ITS SO PRETTY!
We have had the most amazing 10 days, full to the brim of new experiences, happy memories, new friendships and lots and lots of God lovin! I feel so inspired, propelled, and motivated by this trip and I’m so excited to see the work of God in this place, here’s to the next time!
Tomorrow (Monday) we will arrive back home with a smack in the face by this little thing called reality, but all the things we’ve seen, shared and experienced here will stay with us, for anyone that has been reading don’t forget all the things we’ve shared in this post, just because we are flying home to our sheltered nest does not mean this story ends, these people still need your thoughts and prayers and for anyone who feels uber inspired, they really love visitors!
Thank you for sharing in our journey, we are definitely returning different people to when we arrived, and I hope you have been able to reflect along with us and won’t forget the lessons we have learnt together over the last few days.
See you all on the other side!
Ps stay tuned for my book release!! 🙈