To the Ends of the Earth. . .
Just a little over a week since I stepped foot back on American soil, I was buckled into four different planes, totaling 24 hours in the air for my return flight and I’m still trying to describe the experience I had in Kolkata, India! I’ve been asked many times about my trip and honestly, the only way I know how to truly describe it is by saying, “It was awesome, devastating, beautiful, breath-taking, depressing, hopeless, filled with hope and an unforgettable trip.” There are no words to describe it. Some of my pictures “might” shed a little more light, but to truly understand India, you have to experience it for yourself and take it in through your five senses. . . without a doubt, it will continue to take time to really process through everything I experienced.
|One of the many beautiful faces of India!|
Just to give a little glimpse into the city of Kolkata, India, There are 16 million people who live there and 2 million of them live on the streets! Two weeks I was there definitely gave me a different lens through which I view things back home! Though I “enjoyed” aspects of my trip, I think a better description of the trip would be that it was life changing! I “enjoyed” the children and people I met, the places I was privileged to serve and my favorite aspect was simply loving on those who were so desperate for help. . . that’s what I “enjoyed”!
Come take a little photo tour through the sights I took in. . . they won’t come close to capturing India, but a least it will give you a little taste of these amazing people!
|I love the little pop of color in front of the boys in school uniforms on their way to school in the morning.|
Having been to Bangalore in 2005 on a medical missions trip, I knew what I was in for as I set out for India again. . . but from what I had heard, Kolkata was supposed to be harder, filthier and more poverty stricken. . . I found that to be true.
As I said, this can only shed a little light on this huge land of beautiful people. . . I’d jump at the opportunity to sit across a table from each person I know and give them a full verbal and visual rundown of the trip! It would be full of heart gripping and amazing stories that filled each moment from the time I stepped foot into India until I arrived back home. . . I’m still so grateful and overwhelmed by the privilege I had to be a part of some really awesome and beautiful things that are taking place in India!
Forever changed. . .