S: India Mission 2010
FC: Hope for the Future Children's Fellowship of India
1: This photo-journal is dedicated to the purpose of glorifying God for the opportunity of traveling to The Children's Fellowship of India with a group of 14 individuals from Grace Church at Willow Valley. We were able to spend approximately eight days with over 160 orphaned boys and over 20 staff members, sharing the Gospel of Christ through teaching, helping, and loving others. This was my second trip to CFI, where I first visited in 2006. I was excited to see how things had changed.
2: The group from Grace Church included Philip Dongre, Brian Fulmer, Gary McMullen, Jesse Fulmer, Nate Murry, Dick and Mary Lou Mowrer, Beth Reilly, Ted Long, Amelia Landis, Rich Landis, Megan Long, Don Mills and Pastor John Smith. We departed on Sunday afternoon, August 8, 2010, and boarded our first plane around 6:00 PM, at Newark, New Jersey and headed to Frankfurt, Germany.
3: or collecting our bags and heading to the next leg of the journey to CFI. | Lot's of time in the airports waiting on the flights, standing in lines,
4: We were welcomed to the Christian Fellowship of India Orphanage on Tuesday, August 10, two days after we left Pennsylvania. | Jesse and Brian Fulmer were glad to have their feet on the ground, and feeling happy about seeing the boys.
5: It was great to see Matt Pearson when we arrived at CFI. Matt had been at the CFI orphanage for over a month, teaching the boys English and assisting the staff. Matt was one of our group that visited back in 2006. | The boys looked up to Matt like a big brother.
6: This is the dormitory where all the boys slept. This was a change from 2006, when the building was under construction. It serves the purpose very well with the older boys being upstairs and the younger ones on the lower level. There is always activity going on around the dormitory.
7: This is the “all purpose” building where we had large group gatherings with the boys in the evening as well as adult devotion time each morning and afternoon each day. The buildings are of sound construction and will last for years to come.
9: Ramvilas | Rui Thik | These are the two boys Dawn and I have been supporting since my first trip to India in 2006. Our support is such a small gift compared to the life they are receiving by being at CFI.
10: S C H E D U L E | DAI LY
11: Our day would normally start shy of 6:00 in the early morning. We would actually hear the boys begin to stir with morning singing and exercises around 5:30. We would start with a cup of coffee and then head out to our morning devotions with the boys at 6:30, followed by serving the boys breakfast at 7:15. We would then meet back at the Guest House for breakfast, prepared by Ashok and several of the women cooks. One needs to remember that we were on India time, which meant things were often later than scheduled. Shortly after breakfast we would then meet in the All Purpose Building and have devotions with the staff. Everyone took turns sharing during these sessions, most of which were packed with energy and emotion . Grace Church was well represented. 9:15 we were off to teach English to the older boys and then walk them to school at 10:30, weather permitting. Lunch was often around 12:45, often followed by a trip to see someone of importance for lunch or making a visit to the store or a site Philip would want the group to see. 4:30 would be our second time for staff devotions. I was amazed to see some of the teaching done by individuals from our group. Afternoon was also a time we would spend with the boys playing games and just hanging around, laying lots of love on the boys. 6:30 was time for evening devotions, the theme of which was about God’s Creation, the Fall of Man, and Christ, as Savior. Out team was divided into groups that would perform skits for the boys and staff. These were well received and we all had a lot of fun glorifying God in the process. Evey day the schedule changed.
12: Meal time was a special event twice each day, breakfast and supper. These boys can eat, eat, and then eat some more.
13: They cleaned their own pans and would wash down the food with a little drink.... | Happy on a full stomach!
14: Purchasing food goods at a local market... | No time to talk while with a full mouth of food..
15: Staff preparing food for the boys
16: Boys singing during our evening devotion time. A lot of energy and enthusiasm. | Even the smallest boys were involved in the singing. They were all well behaved during devotion times.
17: Each day we took turns teaching the boys from God's Holy Word. We had many opportunities to share the gospel. All the boys were to have their own bibles during devotion time.
18: Ted Long sitting by the boys at supper time. | Beth Reilly teaching the boys some English | Brian with one of the boys who received a small toy.
19: I was talking with some of the boys who had not yet received sponsorship. All of the boys knew who their sponsors were and the older boys would make sure the younger boys were with their sponsors from Grace Church when we were outside the guest house or playing and visiting with the boys. Maintaining sponsors is a big job for Philip and the CFI Board.
20: Boys being boys.
21: Our group collected enough money to purchase some hand tools for Ashok and the staff. They seemed to be without some of the most basis maintenance tools, such as wrenches and sickles. The gift was much appreciated. Dick Mowrer and I helped Ashok pick out the tools.
22: Rich Landis holding a conversation with a "fellow accountant", Mr. Sarda, inside a restaurant in Amravati, where Mr. Sarda invited our group to an Indian Luncheon. Such great hospitality form our Indian friends. | Jesse, Mary Lou and the rest of the group when we visited the ice cream shop in Amravati. This was an occasion when we believe several of our group caught a bug that made them sick for the next several days, eventually having to go see a doctor. I chose not to indulge.
23: Travel was always an adventure. You were never quite sure what kind of characters you might meet on the road or in the bus, animal or otherwise. We were often thinking "roadkill" for dinner but it never happened.
24: Ashok, the man who did our cooking, yummy, and made sure the place kept running...
25: We were well fed. Our dinners were always a time of eating good food and reviewing the day's events, and preparing for the next day.
26: These are girls from the Boys & Girls Christian Home where we visited, the orphanage where Philip Dongre was raised and later served. | This young girl reminded me of Madeline, my grand- daughter.
27: This is a group picture of all the boys who have sponsors from Grace Church at Willow Valley. There are more than thirty boys who are supported by Grace believers. This has been a great example of God's provision and illustrates just one more way Grace Church is involved in missions, impacting our world for Christ.
28: One of our visits was to see a tailor. Everyone went through the process of selecting materials that would later be turned to into designer style clothing at only a small portion of the price one would spend in a store back in the states.
29: A very sobering trip was the day we went to visit the Kothara Leprosy Hospital.
30: On our return back to the states we stopped in Mombai, staying overnight at the Avion Motel. A tour bus was provided as we took a trip into the city. One of the most profound sights was a public laundry, illustrated in the pictures above. One can see India is a nation with great poverty and darkness.
31: One of the most difficult parts of going to India and spending time at CFI is leaving the boys and the staff, and returning home. There are so many pictures I could have shown but I want to end this photo-journal with the smiles we will never forget...