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The Last Few Days

The Last Few Days

The last few days came and went so fast.  I’m already back in Canada and sorting through my pictures.  This is such a lovely picture of two kids enjoying a book in the library.  I see a steady improvement in the school each time I go back due the continued work of staff and volunteers. … Continue reading

First Days of School

First Days of School

I arrived in Kochi on Sunday, May 29 in the evening without a hitch, then sailed through immigration which has been simplified with the new eTV (Electronic Tourist Visa) which began just before my last visit.  I picked up some kind of traveller’s bug along the way so felt somewhat unwell for the first week. … Continue reading

Doorways of Hope

Doorways of Hope

And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. Hosea 2:15 It is with great hope that I left Rehoboth last week, not that I was leaving, but I was anticipating the next time I can get on a plane bound for Kerala.  Doorways can be … Continue reading

Praise

Praise

I mentioned last week that Sunny, a key person here at Rehoboth, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.  He is known as “Sunny Chettan” which means older brother.  He does so much around here administratively and is a much-loved and appreciated member of staff.  Through connections, he was able to be admitted to the … Continue reading

Family Matters

Family Matters

It was sad news to receive just after arriving in India that Alison’s Father had passed away.  Her family is in the UK, and while his health was poor from a brain bleed recently, it was unexpected that he died quite so suddenly.  Again it seems we are ocean’s apart when these things happen.  We … Continue reading

Canada Day

Canada Day

It’s Canada Day and my birthday… but my birthplace was India.  I think the day explains a lot about me as a TCK (Third Culture Kid), and the elation is building inside me that I will be back in Kerala in a few days.  It was a beautiful evening on June 27 as I returned … Continue reading

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

  And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”  And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a … Continue reading

Return to Canada

Return to Canada

On Tuesday, June 3, School started and I was there for the morning assembly for the start of the year.  On Wednesday is a regular weekly assembly, which I was there for too.  Here are some pictures of the kids.  The Grade 9 girls are leading the assembly, each week a different class takes responsibility. … Continue reading

Back in India – Week 2

Back in India – Week 2

This time of year, while hot, is very beautiful in Kerala.  Gardenia and bougainvillea bloom, mango and jack fruit are ripening, and there’s all the beauty of a nearly 50 acre property that is used for agriculture to support the orphanage. I started the week by attending the East Fort Assembly which is in English.  The … Continue reading

Back in India – Week 1

Back in India – Week 1

        Well, I’m back in India for 2 1/2 weeks and hit the ground running.  I have been doing about 2 or 3 hours of workshops every morning starting on Wednesday, the day after I arrived.  This will continue next week, with school starting up on June 2nd the following week.  When … Continue reading