We have finally arrived to our first stop in India--Kolkata. We arrived late last night, and have finally been able to connect to the Internet to update the blog. Yesterday was a very long two days of travel for us, and I think we are all relieved to have a day not on the plane. Our first flight from Chicago to Delhi was 14 hours long! That's a long time to be cooped up in a plane, even as large of a plane that we had, but "that's just the way we like it!" After a 5 hour layover in Delhi, we were back in the air to Kolkata. This flight was only 2 hours long. We were definitely tired from the travel, but we are excited to be here. We're excited for our upcoming ministry work with Compassion and our partner church, Covenant Family.
Today, we spent the day in Kolkata. First we went to the East India office of Compassion International. It was very encouraging touring the office and listening to all the wonderful people who work there. It was amazing to hear how Compassion runs their ministry within East India. We were able to hear about how the East India office started, how they are flourishing, and their future plans to start new projects not only within India, but also in Bhutan and Nepal. We were also able to see how they organize and send our letters to our sponsor children. It was incredibly fascinating and encouraging!
After viewing the Compassion office, we went on a driving tour of Kolkata, which is quite the experience in a large bus! The streets are overcrowded with very aggressive drivers, and the horns never stop. It's definitely a new experience. Words cannot describe the amount of people and cars that are out on the streets.
We will be eating dinner soon, but we finally found some computers with Internet access, so we are all crowded around a few computers, happy to be writing emails home. (Check your inboxes family) :)
Tomorrow, we will be traveling again. We will be traveling by plane and bus to Siliguri, close to where our partner church and the Compassion project is. Please also pray that God will behin to work in not only our own hearts, but also of those we will be ministering to. And finally, pray that we all remain healthy and are free from illness while on this trip. Thank you faithful prayer warrior!