Saturday, May 12, 2007

i'm going to india!!

Photo of our India team from GFU. I'm in the upper right

Namaste! ("I see God in you") I can't believe it...I'll be leaving for India in exactly one month from today! This year has been a crazy adventure. Last summer I heard about happy home for the handicapped in Shimoga, India, and wanted to take the first plane out to visit them. God had a different plan for me, however. I ended up applying for a George Fox University "serve trip" to Kolkata, India (Calcutta). 14 students were accepted and I'm so thrilled to be a part of this team (pictured above). This semester we have been busy raising financial support and meeting weekly to start preparing for what we will we be doing in India. This whole experience is so new to me, as I have never even traveled out of the country! I'm so excited to be given the opportunity to go to India:) I love my team and I can't wait to see how God will work through us in this poor country, and how our lives will be changed from this experience! I'll keep you posted as much as I can.

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the latest on the sells

As of May 27, 2009...

Wow, it's been almost a year since we've updated this. Our family had a wonderful experience traveling to Uganda two summers ago, which prompted us to keep a journal on this blog. You can read our daily journal from our month long trip

This year brings new adventures. Our eldest daughter, Courtney, after graduating from George Fox University with honors, left for her third trip to India to spend nearly a YEAR to work at Happy Home for the Handicapped in Shimoga, India. You can read about her first trip to India and the impact it had on her life here. She'll also give us new updates from her current trip on this site (here). As of this writing, she is just starting to settle in and is very excited to be there. She has been looking forward to this for a long time!

Meanwhile, Hillary spent all of last year
touring the western U.S. with Matsiko, the choir of children we grew to love as our own in Uganda. She journalled about her experiences in Uganda if you'd like to see what that was like. At some point during this tour, she felt led to join the U.S. Army. Quite a big decision, and one she didn't take lightly. After moving through Basic Training with flying colors, she is now at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio training to become a combat medic. It's a very intense training, but we're sure she'll do well. Our whole family was able to travel to South Carolina to watch her graduate from Basic Training. What an awe inspiring experience!

Leslie is having a great year of teaching 5th graders. She's also in a Master's program, which takes a good chunk of her time. She's still finds time to read a TON of books. Literally, a ton!

Curt was overwhelmed by his experience as a first time overseas traveler and kept up his journal here (you can also read his random posts on everyday life here). The busyness of life and keeping track of his traveling kids has slowed down his writing, but he hopes to begin writing on a regular basis again soon.