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Crossroads

Crossroads

        Our “Journey to Kerala” – as I’ve labelled the blog – has indeed been that!  In some ways it’s hard to imagine that just over a year ago Alison and I made our first trip to India for a holiday.  Our stop at Rehoboth in Thrissur began that journey, with me … Continue reading

Treasure in Jars of Clay

Treasure in Jars of Clay

      We just received news on Friday by email that my application for an OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) visa was not approved.  This was disappointing and a bit disheartening.  As I began the blog Alison and I were talking about how to communicate this.  The verse that came to us is the … Continue reading

God’s Masterpiece

God’s Masterpiece

Rehoboth International School recently celebrated Annual Day with the theme God’s Masterpiece.  The picture shows all of the current staff, and you can see some of the kids performing in the pictures below. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10 I … Continue reading

Christmas Blessings

Christmas Blessings

2013 has been an interesting year.  Starting with our trip to India in January, my first trip back since 1973 and Alison’s first trip ever, we have been catapulted into a journey to return full-time.  While there, our stop at Rehoboth in Thrissur was a very brief encounter, just two hours, but started us thinking … Continue reading

Preparation

Preparation

The Purple Sunbird was something I remember from childhood.  Out by the back veranda was a passion fruit vine and the Sunbirds would often build a hanging nest with their characteristic little covered porch.  They spend a lot of time building an amazing little abode.  I was thinking about the fact that God our Father … Continue reading

Meanwhile…

Meanwhile…

This is a lovely staff photo taken on Teacher Appreciation Day.  It was encouraging when I saw it posted on FaceBook by one of the staff members.  Great staff and a real willingness to make changes.  It’s been frustrating not to be there to support them better.  My visit in May was very important, and … Continue reading

Be Still

Be Still

Waiting is not easy, as I have discovered the last few weeks.  There are so many uncertainties as we make plans and preparations.  Things that we thought would be easy have turned out to be difficult, things that should be relatively quick are taking a long time, and things that we didn’t expect have come … Continue reading

Final Week and Back to Canada

Final Week and Back to Canada

Sharrianne with “Mummy” who nursed her with a medicine dropper every 10 minutes as an infant, then nurtured her into the lovely girl she is today.  She was born weighing only 800 grams.  She is now in Grade 6 at Rehoboth International School. Went down to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) on the night train Wednesday night.  A quick … Continue reading

Week Three at Rehoboth

Week Three at Rehoboth

Saturday was a day out to make a trip to Athirappilly Falls near Thrissur. Kerala is a beautiful place, so much greenery and many exotic flowers and plants. If you’re following the blog and wondering why I haven’t posted pictures of kids, just to let you know that this is not advisable.  I hope that … Continue reading

The Second Week at Rehoboth

The Second Week at Rehoboth

Met with two of the trustees for Rehoboth recently.   Brother Godly and his wife live almost across the street, and they are a lovely couple with a big heart for the Orphanage.  Brother Ben Jacob George lives in Dubai and does business in Kerala.  His father ran the Boys’ Orphanage for many years and … Continue reading