I'm sorry that it's been so long since I last wrote. So much has been going on that I didn't know how to process or explain it all over email! But I wanted to write on this very HOT Sunday afternoon and wish y'all a wonderful time of celebration. Eish, I love Easter. It's the whole reason for EVERYTHING!!!
Today is Easter and perhaps more than ever, it has such meaning for me. Maybe it's because that though India is very much Asia, it has a definite middle eastern flair in certain areas... it's easy to imagine Christ emerging from the tomb as we drive by camels, donkeys, and horse drawn carts and as we go out on our roof in the cool of the evening! Maybe it's because the name of Jesus cannot be openly proclaimed in India.. and here we are celebrating the greatest act of grace ever give. Maybe it's because here, without all the commercialization of the West, without candy, plastic eggs, and pictures of fluffy bunnies everywhere, we are able to really focus on the meaning of this day. Sitting in the church service, surrounded by Indian Christians who everyday risk their lives to serve him and by precious orphans who are being raised in his name, it was so simple... so beautiful.
There is another girl here with Sixty1. Her name is Jules, and she is awesome!!! She's been going to school in North India for Hindi. She told me that the other day, on Indian National Television, they aired The Passion of the Christ without a commericial break! It went to all of India!!! How incredible!!!!
We all decided to wear saris to church this morning since it was Easter. It was so much fun--the actual outfit was very hot--but we kept joking about how "royal" we felt... while Paru just laughed at us. I'm going to try and upload pics onto my site soon... also there are some pics on my blog. Hope you enjoy them!!!
We're all doing well here... just taking life one day at a time. We had a big blessing earlier this week with MUCH cooler weather--like around 90degrees (i know.. y'all must be laughing, because I heard it actually snowed in Ga this week, which is pretty much unheard of for April in the South). But now the heat is back full force! On the nights that I work out/run, I have to wait until after 6pm because it's just so hot. But that's another story altogether... let's just say that running in India is never boring. :0)
Anywho, hope you are well! Have a great Easter! In the midst of all the hurry and the commercialization of the day, I urge you to remember--and rejoice--over what it's all for!!! Love you!
P.S... I thought you would enjoy this story: Paru asked Jules and I what Easter was like in America. As we tried to describe it, all the meals, the traditions, etc, we told her of the time with friends and family--and the incredible food! Both of us mentioned green beans in our description of the food we might have in America... and so when we came home for lunch, Paru made a special batch of green beans just for us! This woman of God continues to humble me with her joy and thoughtfulness. I love this friend and am so thankful for this time with her!!
Mariam and I: this picture was a "mistake", but I love it!!Me, Mariam, Wandena, and Jyoti:
3 Indian Princesses: Me, Paru, and Jules