There were a lot of emotions and tears on our last day.  We were able to review exercises and occupational therapy we taught earlier in the week.  The two organizations created artwork together representing the bond that formed between the two groups this week.  Finally our group performed the tap dance the shim sham shimmy.  It was a joy for us to perform and share a little of our culture with everyone.  After this we presented them with certificates and a small gift.  It was overwhelming to see the girls excitement as they received an award for their accomplishments.  There were many happy tears and lingering hugs as the women left.  They asked when we would be back to teach  them more.  What follows is a note from one participant about her experience.  This is in her own words, “These four days was very unforgettable days.  Because we enjoyed these four days, very much.  That we have ever enjoyed in my life.  The most unforgettable moment in my life means these four days.  I like you very much.  I received your love.  But I was not able to give love how much I received from you because of language problem.  Whenever you remember me please call for me.  And again when we will meet.”

After the one agency left we spent the remaining time with Freedom Firm women and staff.  We were able to affirm them for who they are and that they are worthy and valued. 

Today (Saturday) we are headed to Leg Up, the Freedom Firm horse therapy program.  We will be working with the disabled children and seeing another church’s construction project.  Then we start on our very LONG journey home.  We leave at about 4pm from Ooty to embark on our 9 hour bus ride to Bangalore, 11 hour flight to London, and 10 hour flight to Chicago. (Prayers would be more than appreciated) We will most likely not have internet access so this will be our last blog post from India.  Our hearts will return full and completely blessed.  Thank you for coming alongside us through our journey and praying with and for us. 

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Freedom Firm India Team

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